August 04, 2004
Fascinating article via Ambient Irony, Hating America
, about how Europe views the US through the lens of caricature. It's really long, and there are a million passages I could quote, but this made me chuckle:
Though fewer than 14% of Frenchmen have visited America, Â“most have strong viewsÂ” of it; indeed, Â“Europeans who have not been in the U.S. . . . have the strongest opinionsÂ” about it, and malice toward America is inversely proportional to the amount of time individuals have actually spent there.
Conversely, I loved France and everything French until I actually lived there.
(And if you see the text as a mess of question marks, follow Pixy Misa's advice for changing the encoding.)
(P.S. I finally had enough time to sit down and read Pixy's post on Thought too.)
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I loved France until I went there. They were smelly, rude, bastards.
One Frenchman spoke English to Brit, but suddenly couldn't conjure up an English word when we Americans were speaking with him.
I put a pretty heavy American-hick accent on my broken French just to piss him off for that.
Bone jur, mohn sig nor. Pahr lez vuuz Eng laze?
Posted by: DarthVOB at August 05, 2004 01:01 AM (SjUVv)
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