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Miquelon.org to Organize Award

06.18.2008 · Posted in Editorials, Quotes

After six years of monitoring Anti-French activity in the media and the political arena, Miquelon.org has decided to create and organize the Annual [insert name here] Award. The [insert name here] Award will single out the accomplishments of a notorious French Basher or person engaged in Anti-French bias, rhetoric, actions or policy.

The [insert name here] Award Nomination Process – Anyone can nominate a meritorious recipient of the [insert name here] Award based on documented actions, statements written or spoken, legislation or policy. Once nominated, we at Miquelon.org will organize a fair voting process for the top five candidates. Public apologies by anyone nominated for [insert name here] Award will be disqualified from the process.

Two Nominations are now open :

  1. [insert name here] Award 2003 – 2007 – Nominations are now open for the [insert name here] Award for the last five years.
  2. [insert name here] Award 2008 – Nominations are now open for this year’s recipient

Award – Miquelon.org will create and design the award for the [insert name here] Award 2003-2007 and [insert name here] Award 2008 based on public input.

Prizes – Miquelon.org will provide the appropriate prize, funding permitting, based on public input.

Nomination Form

I nominate: FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
For [insert name here] Award 2003-2007 / 2008 [select nomination]
Based on the following: [actions, statements written or spoken, legislation or policy]
I support my nomination with: [Provide URL/Newspaper Article/Event – Be as detailed as possible]

Nominations for 2003-2007 award will close on June 30th 2008.
Nominations for 2008 award will close on November 30th 2008.

55 Responses to “Miquelon.org to Organize Award”

  1. Onion Johnny says:

    Freedom Fries gratis pour le gagnant ?

  2. Freedom Fries: Neal Rowland, owner of Cubbies, 1507 Live Oak Street Beaufort, NC 28516 – 1e nomination ?
    http://www.miquelon.org/2006/09/26/freedom-fries%E2%84%A2/

  3. I nominate: Rowland, Neal
    For [insert name here] Award 2003-2007
    Based on the following: Freedom Fries, Freedom Fries Trademark Inquiry
    I support my nomination with: http://www.miquelon.org/2006/09/26/freedom-fries%E2%84%A2/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_fries

  4. Fred Orth says:

    Sorry, but I do not think that this is such a good idea. I certainly do not want to put anything out there to encourage these jerks.
    I love Miquelon, but this is a “bridge too far”.

  5. Danny Bloom says:

    marc

    i like this idea, in general, but from a PR point of view, i think the
    name of the prize is very dangersous. i do not like the name “[redacted for posterity]”, the word HATE is too strong and it will get twisted back by the
    media…..really, marc, i beg you, i am PR expert, HATER is not the
    right word, although I understand your intent..is it too late to
    change. maybe ask readers to come up with a new name of the awards,
    serious but humorous as well, like the Razzies, or words like
    that….i really think [redacted for posterity] award name will backfire on you.
    Just my concerned opinion ebcause I supprto whsat you are doing….how
    about

    The Anti-French Jokes Awards
    or
    The Frenchies (that is humorious in a way)
    or
    hey, i like THE FRENCHIES….ask your readers if they like that, and
    ask them to send in other names and then choose. …the FRENCH HATER
    AWARDS will backfire, I am sure……

    you call them THE FRENCHIES, and then explain in your press release
    that the FRENCHIES are givien to people who crack anti-French jokes on
    TV or in newspaper columns…..such as Jay Leno…

    by calling them the FRENCHIES, there is some humor and media interest…

    because HATE is too strong a word, like HATE CRiMES……I worry Marc
    about that word. please change it

    ask your friends

    DANNY BLOOM

    After six years of monitoring anti-French activity in the media and the political arena, Miquelon.org has decided to create and organize the Annual Frenchies Awards. The Frenchies will single out the words or deeds of someone who has engaged in in anti-French bias, rhetoric, actions or policy.

    The Frenchies Nomination Process – Anyone can nominate a meritorious recipient of the Frenchies based on documented actions, statements written or spoken, legislation or policy. Once nominated, we at Miquelon.org will organize a fair voting process for the top five candidates.

    Two Nominations are now open :

    1. THE FRENCHIES AWARDS FOR 2003 – 2007 – Nominations are now open for people to spotlight for the last five years.
    2. THE FRENCHIES AWARDS for 2008 – Nominations are now open for this year’s recipient

    Award – Miquelon.org will create and design the award for the Frenchies Award 2003-2007 and Frenchies Awards for 2008 based on public input.

    Prizes – Miquelon.org will provide the appropriate prize, funding permitting, based on public input.

    Nomination Form

    I nominate: FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
    For a Frenchies Award 2003-2007 / 2008 [select nomination]
    Based on the following: [actions, statements written or spoken, legislation or policy]
    I support my nomination with: [Provide URL/Newspaper Article/Event – Be as detailed as possible]

  6. Great input Dan, I would like more feedback about the name of the award, you may indeed be right. More suggestions please !

  7. Thanks Fred – Thanks for the input. I’m still reeling from the Randy Kagan monologue I had to live through, there is no better word to describe how he felt: hatred.

  8. Danny Bloom says:

    Glad you saw my post, Marc. i might be wrong, too. But i feel the French Hater Award is too strong, because of the word’s relationship to “hate crime” and racial hatred and terms like that. HATE is such a strong word in English, I don’t know what it’s like in French or other languages, but as an award name, ouch. I feel the media would hate that name!

    “The Frenchies” is good and short and cute and humorous. Humor will be important here to deflect the bad jokes that will come your way when this award becomes public. And if the AP or Reuters or AFP interviews you about the awards, the term THE FRENCHIES will make a great term to use in the headlines……but maybe other readers can come up with other alternative names, make a list of ten good names and then choose one you like the best.

    Danny, PR maven

  9. Miquelon says:

    A nomination (via email)

    For the [insert name here] Award 2003-2007, I nominate for his book Richard Z.Chesnoff , former correspondent in Paris of U.S. News and World report.
    I support my nomination with the following reasons :
    the title is very classy : “The Arrogance of the French – Why They Can’t Stand Us and Why the Feeling is Mutual” (Ed.Sentinel, 2005) the many mistakes it contains and which all tend to prove how stupid the French are : for instance to explain why there is not any good French literature, he writes (page 6) : “…according to bookstore sales, most books sold in France are adult comic books…” (the real figure for comic books for children and adults is 6,5% (2004, CNE) his personal choice to live in France (in Provence) among the people he hates so much

  10. Miquelon says:

    For inspiration sake – let’s review other alternative awards.
    * Golden Raspberry Awards for bad film work
    * Darwin Awards for fatally foolish behavior
    * Pigasus Award for paranormal fraud (U.S.)
    * Bent Spoon Award for paranormal fraud (Australia)
    * Stella Awards for outrageous lawsuits

  11. Miquelon says:

    Danny, I am now convinced we need a better name for the award. Thanks for the quick reaction on that. Not sure about the “Frenchies” though. Your thoughts ?

    Frenchy, proper noun (Frenchies) 1. (context, slang, sometimes construed as derogatory) A native or resident of France, or a francophone, or a person of French lineage.

    Aren’t Frenchies prophylactics as well ?

  12. Danny Bloom says:

    Good points, Marc. Frenchies might not be so good because of the HistoRY of that word as a negative, but sometimes taking a negative like NIGGER and turning on its back, around, and shoving it back in other people’s faces, can make the word take on a new positive meaning…….ask your email list and friends…..but yes, good thinking, names like Rzzies and Bent Spoon…..maybe someone can come up with a good name, like __________ awards….

    the only Frenchy I know is a man in Alaska who is German and everyone calls him Frenchy in a good natured way, so for me the word FRENCHY has a positive feeling to it….i never heard of condoms called that…… oi!

    DANNY

    KEEP GOIONG, this is a good PR media idea to get your message across. you just need a name for the awards, give yourself a month to canvass everyone and see what the best name is….

  13. Danny Bloom says:

    my idea was that by taking the word Frenchy, meaning, a francophone or a resident of France or someone who looks French, some people call me Frenchy for example, by taking the word and using it as FUN name as an award, it is like throwing the word back in Jonah Goldberg’s face, for example, image the surprise on his face when he learns he is a winner of one of the Frenchies….and they should be called plural FRENCHIES. not Frenchy….FRENCHIES gives new meaning to the word FRENCHY, and you are throwing it back in their face, those dummies who say antiFrench jokes on TV, LENO etc…

    maybe the dummies award? no. i like THE FRENCHIES AWARDS

  14. Barney hasn't left the building says:

    French-bashing left the realm of harmless “jokes” a long time ago, Danny.

    There seems to be quite a few very dedicated people in your country working really hard to convince people that me and my family are genetically stinkards and cowards.

    I think the French-hater award should go to the anti-French no-pasaran blog pour l’ensemble de leur oeuvre.

  15. André Wernesson says:

    I say “Freedom fries awards”.

    The guys could get trophies like the “golden freedom fries”, the “silver surrender monkey” and the “bronze onion johnny”.

    After all, freedom fries DO exemplify stupidity…

  16. Miquelon says:

    Hmm – I wonder if Neal Rowland ever got the trademark on Freedom Fries.

    And yes you are right, the term Freedom Fries has become the universal qualifier for Bush-Cheney stupidity as per the number of Google Alerts with that term.

  17. Miquelon says:

    Trademark applications for “Freedom Fries”

    Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 043. US 100 101. G Serial Number 78700481
    Filing Date August 25, 2005
    Owner (APPLICANT) Fritestand, Inc. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA P.O. Box 1496 Martinez CALIFORNIA 94553
    Attorney of Record Patrick E. Guevara Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Abandonment Date September 14, 2006

    Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 030. US 046. G & Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
    Serial Number 78241524
    Filing Date April 24, 2003
    Owner (APPLICANT) Liberty Snacks, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 89 Mill Street Liberty NEW YORK 12754
    Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Abandonment Date May 17, 2004

    Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 029. US 046. G & Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
    Serial Number 78225656
    Filing Date March 14, 2003
    Owner (APPLICANT) Nordco Marketing, Inc. CORPORATION TEXAS 66 E. Green Gables Cir. Woodlands TEXAS 77382
    Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Abandonment Date March 3, 2004

    Word Mark FREEDOM FRIES
    Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 029. US 046. G & Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
    Serial Number 78220033
    Filing Date February 28, 2003
    Published for Opposition August 1, 2006
    Owner (APPLICANT) GRAND FOREST HOLDINGS INCORPORATED CORPORATION CANADA 100 MIDLAND DRIVE DIEPPE, NEW BRUNSWICK CANADA E1A 6X4
    Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
    Attorney of Record P. Scott Maclean
    Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “FRIES” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
    Live/Dead Indicator DEAD Abandonment Date October 11, 2006

    Word Mark FREEDOM FRIES
    Goods and Services IC 029. US 046. G & S: FRIED POTATOES, POTATO CRISPS, POTATO CHIPS, POTATO SNACK FOODS, FROZEN AND PROCESSED POTATOES. FIRST USE: 20030212. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030212
    Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
    Serial Number 76495776
    Filing Date March 11, 2003
    Published for Opposition January 9, 2007
    Registration Number 3220999
    Registration Date March 27, 2007
    Owner (REGISTRANT) ROWLAND, NEAL INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 3010 MANDY LANE MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA 28557
    Attorney of Record Larry C. Jones
    Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE FRIES APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
    Type of Mark TRADEMARK
    Register PRINCIPAL
    Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

  18. Miquelon says:

    Any other name ideas?
    Should we also look at not using the word “award” ?
    Prize / Scholarship / Grant / or a French word : Prix

    The French Bashing Prix

  19. Miquelon says:

    The Howard Stern Anti-French Award

  20. André Wernesson says:

    The Leno awards

    An award to the biggest, most racist, hateful French-bashers around, named after the king of the bigots, the emperor of bashers, the shah of slander, Jay Leno.

  21. André Wernesson says:

    The Leno awards — For those who put the “bash” in “French Basher”

  22. Miquelon says:

    Leno seems to have put a damper on his anti-French rhetoric ever since Educating Jay, save one or two jabs. He still refuses to meet the French Consul General to this day.

    As much as Leno grated our collective nerves, his monologues rarely reached the xenophobia of a Dennis Miller, Howard Stern, Robert Smigel etc.

    Jay Leno however has never apologized for his historical relativism and revisionism : “Well, there’s nothing funnier to me than the French. The French Resistance is probably the biggest mythical joke that ever existed. There were four guys in the French Resistance. They couldn’t hand over the Jewish people fast enough. Oh, please, don’t tell me about the French. The French have all sorts of secret deals with Saddam and everybody else for two cents a liter. It’s an easy target.” – James Douglas Muir Leno, Interview with Nikki Finke, LA Weekly.

  23. I do like the "Freedom Fries" title, and I agree it does imply the supidity/bigotry of French-bashing and further exposes the recipients as disconnected with reality.  However, if that title is not available, why not something as simple as the "Francophobe"?  I personally  the "French-baiter"  or "France-baiter", a reference to Nazi Julius Streicher’s Jew-baiting anti-semitism of WW 2, and directly implies what unabated bigotry eventually leads to.   Yes, the "French-Baiter" award would do nicely.

  24. Miquelon says:

    The Francophobe Award
    The Gallophobe Award
    The Gallophobes

  25. André Wernesson says:

    How about pulling a “man of color” — Fries of Freedom! Now that one isn’t patented, is it?

    Or else…

    “Bashing with the Bigots: The french-basher award event you’ve all been waiting for!”

    Or else, elaborating on poilu’s idea…

    “The France baiters — can’t live with the French, can’t live without ’em!”

  26. In as much as we want to push those French bashers to the edge of ridicule, I suggest, just like the others to use Freedom Fries award– it rings a bell internationally and is sunonymous to the dumbest French basher of all — Dubya Bush who happens to be one of the most despised people in the world… of course, along with his henchmen in the US Congress; the Freedom Fries award will confer ridicule on the awardee (the French basher) and his likeness to a fried potatoe!

    What better way than to heap disgrace on French bashers than to be likened to a dumb, oily, fred potatoe!

  27. Miquelon,

    With all due respect "The French Bashing Prix" sounds to me like a prize that will be given to someone who can come up with the best French bashing joke — I think it might be looked at as an honour rather than the opposite…

    To me (just my yen’s worth), the "award" should be conferred with heaping ridicule on the awardee/s for being a French basher!

  28. Being a bit pedantic here — but what about Fried Potatoe Prize aka Freedom Fries Award…

  29. No worries HillBlogger – All points are valid – Now the trademark issue, how do we get around it?

  30. The trademark is for "FREEDOM FRIES"
    But not for "Freedom Fry"
    Freedom Fry Award ?


  31. More email nominations

    Mark Haines (CNBC)
    Larry Kudlow (CNBC)

    Willard Mitt Romney (R)

  32. Miquelon,

    If we can turn around the trademark issue and use a "derivative of the ridiculous "freedom fries,"  Freedom Fry sounds the best.

    Btw, I’m looking at potential "nominees" across the Channel. There’s a couple of writers there who qualify… Will be mine digging past articles. (One of them writes for The Independent, respected for his articles on the injustices committed on the Palestinians but is an acknowledged French hater and I mean, a French hater!)

  33. Fred Orth says:

    If your going to do this silly thing, take the "reward" element out of it and make the name insulting: "The Lowest Ignoramous  of any reasonable level of Knowledge Award" sounds reasonable.

  34. I nominate James Joyner for French Fry award for his scumbag French basher role following the US invasion of and war on Iraq!

  35. Zombie12toes says:

    My first idea was that it should be named the "Freedom Fries Award". But I wholeheartedly support "The Frenchies". I Love it. The award couls be a little statue of a stereotypical french guy (tricot rayé, béret, moustache, baguette, éventuellement accordéon…).A very good idea, coming a little late (not that the french-bashing has stopped, but it would have been great to do it during the anti-french fever).

  36. Zombie12toes says:

    And I’m not sure humorists (Leno, Letterman, etc.), though having participated in French-bashing, are really French-haters. They are humorists, showmen, that is to say the whores of their public…Not everybody can be a Moyers.

  37. André Wernesson says:

    I say “Freedom Fry Awards”. I’ll try to get a little ink drawing done for later of “Freedy”, our mascot! (He’s a freedom fry with an Uncle Sam beard and a Stars&stripes top hat)

    Or — YOU may contribute to Freedy’s aspect! How do you think he should look? I think some pince-nez glasses would be nifty.

  38. Miquelon says:

    Zombie12toes – Yes the Leno/Letterman/O’Brien/Ferguson/Stewart might not be French-haters except for Leno – Many of them only parrot what their writers come up with, therefore I also want to work on a project where we contact the Writer’s Guild and raise some issues with them – But that’s for later this year.

    Leno is a special case, given the depth of his anti-French corpus, and his blatant revisionist stance on the French Resistance, should be examined more closely.

    I love Bill Moyers !

  39. Miquelon says:

    During the Anti-French fever as you call it – I refer to it as Official French Bashing (OFB 2003-2007), there were too many fires to put out (Subway, O’Reilly, Leno, Restaurants, politicians, writers…) – It might be more efficient to hold this "award" now as we are now  on the "long tail" of French Bashing.

    The point of the award is to squash the remaining bashers, and also remind people what was said – and trust me, many would prefer we forget what was said.

  40. Miquelon says:

    André – I love the "Freedy" mascot idea !

  41. André Wernesson says:

    Gentlemen, I give you… Freedy the Freedom Fry! (Done with a Wacom graphics tablet and in just a few minutes. I could animate him if you wanted!)

    http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=freedythefreedomfryaf9.gif

  42. André Wernesson says:

    Note: I just posted Freedy but the post didn’t show up. I hope he didn’t go to spam hell!

  43. Hahahah! Excellent, just excellent André! Really good stuff!

  44. André Wernesson says:
  45. I guess we’ll be organising the name consultation shortly.

  46. Fred Orth says:

    I still can’t believe that you guys want to do this. I don’t remember any anti-Polish, Italian, Jewish, Japanese or even Canadian trophy. I also don’t remember any anti-American award. This just puts France in a position to be the brunt of more inane jokes. It is harder to complain about French bashing when we offer up so obvious a target.

  47. I understand what you’re saying Fred, but we don’t have a lobby, we don’t have a major pressure group, but we have public opinion and the tide has turned.

    Trust me, most French Bashers of 2003-2007 would rather we forget about what they said and did, and reminding them will be a PR disaster for them. French Bashers are cowards first and foremost, they Bash Us for the quick a dirty laugh, but when all is said and done, they rather we forget it all.

    Remember the adage of the old south : Forgive Yes – Forget, Hell No ! That’s what this award will be.

  48. Gérard Morvan says:

    May I suggest a category: the "should have known better" award, for people who say something even if they know it’s false. I nominate John Byrne (a comic book writer and artist) who, in the last arc of JLA Classified drew a french police officer wearing a uniform I’ve never seen a police officer or a gendarme wear (in fact, it looked more like a pre WW I army uniform). The reason he deserves this award? He’s been in France before, where he certainly have seen how police officers are really dressed.

  49. You mean you don’t want to give it to the world’s biggest anti-French (and black) bigot  Swill O"Liely, oops I mean Bill O’ reilly ?

  50. Fred Orth says:

    OK, I would rather have a "top10" list of lies with its source named and a verified retort of a reality answer. This would get 4 to 10 bad boys listed (not sure about that, Bill has so many). I really think Fox is the primary source for a lot of this junk but, I want a few of our political types to feel some pain.

  51. Kid Funkadelic, trust me, Bill would a contender !

  52. Fred, there are other projects in the works. If only I could find the time !

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