American Horror Story is a TV series on FX that’s grown increasingly popular since its inception three years ago. This year, the show’s getting more buzz than ever… and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the classic Baltimore accent it’s showcasing.

So, for those of you who aren’t up to date on the show, here’s how it works: Each season functions kind of like a miniseries, with a brand-new setting and characters. Season one centered on a haunted house, season two took place in an insane asylum, and season three was all about witches in New Orleans. This season takes place in a Florida freak show carnival in the 1950s, so it’s no surprise that Kathy Bates plays a bearded lady. What is a surprise is her intense Baltimore accent.

A few people who have no idea what they’re talking about (ahem, Bustle; ahem, New York Times) have posited that Bates is going for an accent somewhere in the vicinity of Philadelphia or Appalachia. Nope, it’s Bawlmer all the way; as one Reddit poster pointed out, she even says “hon” at some point, for god’s sake! Don’t believe me? Take it from the lady herself:

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