Update: an apology was issued. We strongly protest the characterisation of the French (citizens of France) as xenophobic, as written in Antonia Zerbisias’ column dated June 13th 2008.
We were finally able to view an on-line version the latest Doritos commercial featuring a battle between “ranch” cowboys and a motley “blue cheese” crew of French stereotypes: poodles, mimes, bérêts and bicycles? Fortunately, this commercial, though revelling in caricatures on both sides, has managed a delicate balance of humour
Comments about “freedom fries” have been showing up a lot in the background chatter, they stem from news stories about Walter B. Jones Jr, a Republican Representative who famously brought the new name to the White House Cafeteria.
“In the years since our decision to go to war in Iraq, resisted by our old allies, there’s been a chauvinistic stupidity about the value of other countries.You know, the French fries, the freedom fries, the attacks on old Europe.”
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
Putting down the French, no matter how trivial the issue, is just too easy for many journalists, pundits and talking heads.In the last month we were graced with surrender jokes by CBS’s Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and “surrender monkey” slurs from a Jonah Goldberg Canadian Mini-Me known as
Between 1940 and 1945, France was the second most bombed country of the War after Germany. By liberation, the Allies had dropped 600 000 bombs on 1500 cities, towns and villages. The Allied bombing campaign killed over 67 000 French civilians and wounded tens of thousands more. Most hit were,
With Official French Bashing (2003-2007) now as irrelevant as Fox News, “surrender jokes” should have been on the way out. The opposite now seems to be the case with a renewed effort from some columnists and comedy writers, including of all people Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.
Canadian columnist resorts to Anti-French slurs We at Miquelon.org, are not interested in editorializing France’s position vis à vis NATO, nor Nicolas Sarkozy’s new commitment to Afghanistan. Political experts and well-versed columnists often discuss the merits of those foreign policy choices at length. However, when a columnist, likely under the