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Fox News: French = Pepé LePew

05.26.2009 · Posted in Cartoons, Pop Culture

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New spot for Alan Colmes’ new show on Fox News. The ad is a spoof of all things perceived as left-wing and anti-American. “Anybody” from France is represented by Pepé LePew, Warner Brother’s anthropomorphic skunk. h/t to Browmf

26 Responses to “Fox News: French = Pepé LePew”

  1. Alan was the first to air a one hour radio show on French Bashing in 2003. He invited me and Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax. I am surprised he would use such imagery, but at the same time the commercial is supposed to be over the top and plays with anti-left prejudice…

    At the same time, that Disney character was designed to stereotype the French in the post-war era. Sent Alan a twitter…

  2. Fred Orth says:

    Miquelon, thank you for catching this. Keep us informed.

  3. Thank Browmf (re previous discussion)

  4. So, if I am to understand this correctly, was Colmes ad in fact a satire intended to poke fun at conservatives by over playing stereotypes? 

  5. Alan Colme’s response : AlanColmes@miquelon well, I didn’t write it, but it was pure silliness.

  6. Yes poilu, the whole bit was actually quite amusing. Is the use of Pepé offensive? Surely, what do you think?

  7. Fred Orth says:

    Adorable.

  8. Barney hasn't left the building says:

    I was perusing the comments for this guardian article when I stumbled upon this.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/01/praise-antony-beevor-military-historian

    annedemontmorency 01 Jun 09, 1:25am (about 16 hours ago)

    More French civilians, 70,000 people, were killed by Allied bombs during world war two than British civilians by German bombs.
    Contrast this with some figures from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum…
    During the war, over 77,000 Jews deported from France were murdered in Nazi camps. Of these, one-third were French citizens and over 8,000 were children under the age of 13.
    Therefore less French citizens died during operations to liberate them from the Nazis than the amount of Jews that the French willingly deported to their deaths in concentration camps.
    I suspect that Mr Beevor didn’t make the connection, n’est-ce pas?

    Absolutely disgusting… they had it coming.
    Those cowards are lucky they are protected by anonymity; I can tell you that.
    Sorry anti-British prejudice is not nearly as nasty and vile as anti-French prejudice from the French.

  9. I was perusing the comments for this guardian article when I stumbled upon this.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/01/praise-antony-beevor-military-historian

    annedemontmorency 01 Jun 09, 1:25am (about 16 hours ago)

    More French civilians, 70,000 people, were killed by Allied bombs during world war two than British civilians by German bombs.

    Contrast this with some figures from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum… During the war, over 77,000 Jews deported from France were murdered in Nazi camps. Of these, one-third were French citizens and over 8,000 were children under the age of 13. Therefore less French citizens died during operations to liberate them from the Nazis than the amount of Jews that the French willingly deported to their deaths in concentration camps. I suspect that Mr Beevor didn’t make the connection, n’est-ce pas?

    Absolutely disgusting… they had it coming. Those cowards are lucky they are protected by anonymity; I can tell you that. Sorry anti-British prejudice is not nearly as nasty and vile as anti-French prejudice from the French.

  10. Should read anti-French prejudice from the British.

  11. The difference is the French were dying in their own homeland whereas the Americans died thousands of miles away from their country, fighting to liberate other countries from German occupation.
    Besides the London blitz went on for far longer than the Allied bombardment of France to soften up German defenses. The Allies did drop leaflets to warn French civilians but the French did not have a system of shelters as Britain. During the london Blitz, warnings were given as soon as German bombers were spotted and civilians would hide in the underground tunnels for safety, this counts for the lower civilian casualities despite being bombed for longer and much larger scale than France.

  12. André Wernesson says:

    fighting to liberate other countries from German occupation

    If they had been “fighting to liberate other countries from German occupation” I wonder why they basically didn’t do anything until they themselves were attacked in Pearl Harbor.

    Likewise, if the U.S. attacked through France is that it was indeed the only truly reliable path they had to strike at Nazi Germany. Why? Because the short distance in the Channel allowed rapid, massive troop transport which would be ready and quite near Germany’s border.

    France was then liberated incidentally. But the US did not go to Europe to free France, or they would have done so in 1940.

    The Allies did drop leaflets to warn French civilians but the French did not have a system of shelters as Britain.
    Not only did they not have shelters, they had no means of making them. Under the occupation there were very few things you were allowed to do, and you certainly could not expect the Germans to help.
    Furthermore, the victims of the Blitz were urban population, where an underground network, as in Paris, would have allowed shelter. However, the victims in Northern France were mostly rural or semi-rural population with no underground networks to speak of.

  13. #11

    I’m not sure what your point is here.
    I was denouncing some offensive comment about French civilian deaths made on the guardian site.

    I was certainly not trying to take anything away form the suffering the British experienced during the Blitz. And we are all aware of the sacrifice of US soldiers on French soil far away from their home.

    I just wish some people would acknowledge the deaths of French civilians under allied bombings a little more and have the the decency to show some respect that’s all.

  14. I don’t think anybody has refused to acknowledge French civilian deaths caused by Allied bombing. But then again if the French military had been able to repel the German invasion of France, there would have been no need for Allied bombing of France. 

    Of course if a country has to be liberated from German occupation, there is going to be fighting which means  casualities (both civilian and military)

    The difference is that though the USA was never invaded and occuppied by Germany , it suffered casualties fighiting thousands of miles away.

    Andre:  It certainly wasn’t fighting to liberate America from German occupation. Germany couldn’t even invade Britain from across the channel when it got bogged down in the Eastern front with the Soviets, German bombers, V-rockets had no range to cross the Atlantic ocean to reach American shores. The USA was safe from German aggression. So, it certainly wasn’t fighting to prevent a German invasion of USA. it faught to liberate Europe whether some people like it or not. As for the red herring of late entry, well the French and British practically handed over parts of Czechoslovia to keep themselves safe, so they have no right to criticise anybody else , especially non-Europeans thousands of miles away in another continent . This was a European conflict, and the rest of the world was under no obligation to enter European wars just because Europeans think they are so important the whole world should get involved in their conflicts.

    Even though the USA  knew that helping the British and Soviets thorough Lend lease giving material & military aid will provoke Hitler, they still did it.  And they paid a price for supporting the British & Soviets eventually when Hitler declared war on USA after Pearl harbour.

  15. Yeah, Americans were super duper courageous and brave and saved, out of the goodness and purity of their hearts, single-handedly the weak French girly men who surrendered without a fight,  in the Gallic fashion. We got it. We’re not trying to take anything away from the sacrifice of those brave men.

    I don’t know if people in American and Britain refuse to acknowledge the French civilian deaths causes by their bombing campaign,  it is my experience that it is widely the case since, frankly, as an avid consumer of American and British media I simply never hear or read about it, but judging by your reaction it is definitely not something you like being reminded of.

    And once again, I was only reacting to a disgusting comment made on the guardian site mocking those deaths on the one hand and justifying them to a rather strange degree on the other, the latter being I’m sorry to say  a bit, just a tiny bit mind you don’t take offense, reminiscent of one part of your latest comment.

    But then again if the French military had been able to repel the German invasion of France, there would have been no need for Allied bombing of France.

    It almost sounds as if you think the French people who died that day brought this on themselves.
    Although of course I’m sure I am mistaken.

    so they have no right to criticise anybody else

    Forgive my impudence, oh master.

  16. André Wernesson says:

    It certainly wasn’t fighting to liberate America from German occupation.

    Indeed. It was fighting to defeat Germany. As in defeating another country in a war? Yes?

    Germany couldn’t even invade Britain from across the channel when it got bogged down in the Eastern front with the Soviets, German bombers, V-rockets had no range to cross the Atlantic ocean to reach American shores.

    It certainly wasn’t thanks to the Americans. In fact, the courage of British airmen and the Channel kept them safe from invasion… two years before the russian invasion!

    The USA was safe from German aggression. So, it certainly wasn’t fighting to prevent a German invasion of USA.
    It certainly wasn’t safe from Japanese aggression. Furthermore, when two countries declare war on you — yes, Germany and Japan declared war on the US — what are you supposed to do? Act as if nothing happened?

    it faught to liberate Europe whether some people like it or not.
    Once again, no. It would have fought whether Europe was invaded or not. Its target was Germany and Japan.

    As for the red herring of late entry, well the French and British practically handed over parts of Czechoslovia to keep themselves safe, so they have no right to criticise anybody else , especially non-Europeans thousands of miles away in another continent .
    It is by no means criticism nor a red herring. It’s a fact: the US attacked when Japan and Germany declared war on them. Until then, the war was pretty meaningless for them, save the truckload of money they made from selling war supplies.

    This was a European conflict, and the rest of the world was under no obligation to enter European wars just because Europeans think they are so important the whole world should get involved in their conflicts.
    This is nonsense. Is Japan in Europe? Were the African Colonies in Europe? WWII raged as much in China as it did in France, when the Japanese invaded. It was a WORLD WAR. Your cheap shot at Europe is worthless.

    Even though the USA  knew that helping the British and Soviets thorough Lend lease giving material & military aid will provoke Hitler, they still did it.  And they paid a price for supporting the British & Soviets eventually when Hitler declared war on USA after Pearl harbour.

    This is ridiculous. Pearl Harbor had nothing to do with Lend-Lease. Pearl Harbor had to do with Japanese imperialism. Hitler then declared war on the US because Japan was his ally.

  17. A l’occasion du 65ème anniversaire du D-day, on a droit encore une fois au rituel : ces jeunes Américains qui ont donné leur vie pour libérer la France… Excuse me, but  they died on French soil for their own country, not for France.

    America has been declared war upon by the Nazis and the shortest way from England to Germany was through Nomandy. Had it been possible through Portugal or Norway, would we be told that Americans sacrificed their lives to free Portugal or Norway?

  18. André Wernesson says:

    C’est de la stratégie niveau Risk. On va de l’Angleterre en Allemagne à travers la Normandie. On peut aussi envahir l’Alaska par le Kamtchatka 😛

  19. Marc @ Miquelon says:

    Time to differentiate two things here.

    1) Yes Allied strategy decided the liberation of Europe would happen through Italy first, Normandy second and Provence third. So in a way, the fact D-Day happened in France is determined by geography.

    2) But for the men who stormed those beaches, it wasn’t about geopolitics, it wasn’t about grandeur nor was it about being pawns. The Liberation of France, and other occupied countries, was for them a justification of their sacrifice which must be remembered.

    Be thankful to WWII allied veterans, be thankful by principal and by respect.
    But don’t engage in self-flogging subservience to any specific country, remember we were allies, including the Soviets whose military sacrifice is too often looked over because of the atrocities of their leader.

  20. Marc @ Miquelon says:

    British populist SURRENDERS

    After a dozen or so French Bashing tweets and getting his rump handed to him, Julian Bray deleted most of his messages and blocked me on twitter. Dare I call this a SURRENDER?

    For posterity, here is the reverse order of tweets that led to his SURRENDER.
    ———————————————————————

    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Sore loser? Now you remove all messages and block me. Now who’s SURRENDERING?9 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY I accept any political criticism, t’is fair. Just don’t make it about the French collectively.21 minutes ago from web
    JULIANBRAY @miquelon many thousands of brave people died in WW2 and they should be respected , deep shame on your current politicians22 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY I guess your schtick is being offensive. I guess it’s a fair substitute to being accurate or respectful.24 minutes ago from web
    JULIANBRAY @miquelon ok no monkey , will gibbon do?25 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY My ancestors were deported three times by the British from my island. In 1755, 1778 and 1793. You don’t see me bashing Britain.26 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Sarkozy made mistake. We agree, so why hold all the French collectively and perpetually guilty? Any apology for “monkey”?28 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY French Bashing says more about your shortcomings. Learn the factshttp://www.Miquelon.org30 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Not about De Gaulle, it’s about the FFI, the Free French Naval Forces. Read my list of men and women from my town. They fought.32 minutes ago from web
    JULIANBRAY @miquelon Think De Gaulle spent the War in london just off Baker Street and did he respect the British NON! Mon AMI!33 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY I am grateful to all allies of WW2 (UK, CAD, US, FF, SU…). Not grateful to hate-spewing twitterers who are cultural laggards.34 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY You raise new issue. Why the bait and switch? You called my people “monkeys”, meaning we’re sub-human. Why the racialist tones?35 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY This database has the names of 1.3 million French soldiers who died in WW 1.http://bit.ly/VGBrQ36 minutes ago from web
    JULIANBRAY @miquelon OK you may respect me tell me about the refugee camp at Calais and the French Police attitude to stowaways on UK Eurostar ?37 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Men who died for France from my town in WW 1 http://bit.ly/17dze537 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Men who died for France in WW 1http://bit.ly/17dze538 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY List of women from my town who fought for France in WW2. http://bit.ly/3wdAmG39 minutes ago from web
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY Wrong, I am a French Citizen. Not about humour but respect. Llist of men who fought in WW2 from my town: http://bit.ly/RZv3M42 minutes ago from web
    JULIANBRAY @ukcomic @miquelon have so called cheese eating surrender monkey says he’s french but really a Francanadian explain brit sense ofhumourabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
    JULIANBRAY @miquelon Well known satirical position only french have no sorry non sense of humour, D Day anniversary yesterday be grateful.about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
    miquelon @JULIANBRAY when you call the French “monkeys”, do you mean we are sub-humans?

  21. André Wernesson says:

    Yarr, she’s struck her colors, me hearties! Looks like the English have lost their control of the seas to… the Somali Pirates!!!

  22. Julian Bray is a coward.
    Julian Bray is a coward.
    Julian Bray is a coward.
    Julian Bray is a coward.
    Julian Bray is a coward.
    Julian Bray is a coward.

    Seriously, Julian Bray is as cowardly as they come.
    In the dictionary, there’s a picture of Julian Bray next to the word coward

  23. Awesome – what a amazing game for USA Soccer.

  24. So many comments makes the site a bit confusing to navigate. Maybe only show a portion at a time? You have some great info on here and it’s a shame that it gets hidden by all the comments.

  25. Sylvain Grenier says:

    Too bad Pépé Le Pew is a cute character, Fox News fail at diabolizing AND geography

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