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G-Man
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So, was the portrayal of Manuel in Fawlty Towers racist or satirical?
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I call Satirical as the joke was on Basil most of the time.
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Well, in the Germans episode it definitely was. But were Spanish people stereotyped in Britain on account of the portrayal of Manuel?
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Not having lived there I don't know.

It has been a long time since i've seen it, but the the only real instance that I can think of where Manuel was truely 'stupid' and that was in 'Basil the Rat' with the who Siberian Hamster Debacle.

In all other interactions that I recall, The joke is on Basil and his inability to be able to or even have the will to 'lower' himself commmunicate properly. It almost always reflects badly on Basil and his old school pretentious condescending ways rather than Manuel.

As it's the way peoples brains work, I imagine there would have been *some* stereotyping.

On the same note were British people stereotyped overseas on the portayal of Basil?

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