Another “surrender” cliché was found today in a restaurant review penned by Ken Scrudato for BlackBook Media. “Who says the French surrender too easily? Le big shot chef Alain Ducasse, for one, is a Gaul with gall.” (…) “After his eponymous and debut New York restaurant finally raised the white flag in 2007″
Our immediate response was: “Enough with the clichés. A historical fact from sixty years ago does not make a character trait.”
But wait, there’s more! In a previous entry, whilst describing the new Koko hotel in Montréal, Ken Scrudato described French-Canadians as “those artful, Frenchie Quebecois”. The fact the word “Frenchie” is considered “chiefly derogatory” as defined by the Oxford Dictionary seems not to bother neither Ken nor BlackBook Media. Maybe Ken should team up with Bill O’Reilly the next time he reviews a Harlem restaurant.