Friday, September 15, 2006

Kool Aid Drinking Prejudiced Baboons

Found on Craigslist Los Angeles:
The post was in response to a previous post by, a "watchdog group dedicated to documenting French-Bashing and Anti-French activity [in America]":
Miquelon's site quotes Edward C. Knox:
No other national or ethnic group appears to get the same continually negative treatment in print media reserved for France and the French, with the possible exception of Arabs or Palestinians, and even there, the treatment is not so much cultural as political, linked to a specific context or event. If one were to substitute, for example, "Mexican" or "Japanese" or "Indian" for "French", what would the reader reaction be?
Very true. It is à la mode to berate and insult the French. Yet, those who do so are often the first to cry out prejudice at the slightest reference to their own social, ethnic or religious origin. They don't make the connection.

I once asked an American contact of mine to please spare me her "JAP" [Jewish American Princess] antics, out of exasperation with her diva behavior, and her constant condescension at us "little froggies". She went ballistic over "JAP", evidently oblivious to the parralel -- even though she'd lived in Paris for years and had a French spouse.

Double-standards indeed. But what can the French do, apart from dismissing the bashers as cultural retards, or better communicate what France and the French culture are really about? Become prejudiced, tit-for-tat queens themselves? No way.

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