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French Stereotypes: Yes – Offensive? No!

05.30.2008 · Posted in Commercials

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 without being offensive. Merci. ...

Obsession With Surrender (II)

04.21.2008 · Posted in Editorials

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 ...

Obsession With Surrender

04.19.2008 · Posted in Editorials

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 Don Martin. On Friday, Sean ...

More Surrender Jokes: Jon Stewart

04.08.2008 · Posted in Editorials

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. ...

The Long Tail of Bigotry: Don Martin and France in Afghanistan

04.04.2008 · Posted in Editorials

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 pressure of a deadline, resorts ...

Re: James Douglas Muir Leno

04.01.2008 · Posted in Editorials, Educating Jay

Dear America, Some of you have finally witnessed that Jay Leno is an insensitive, patronizing buffoon. While interviewing Ryan Phillippe, over his first role as a gay teen on daytime television, Jay repeatedly teased his guest with requests like: “Can you give me your ‘gayest look?’.” Critics are now voicing their concern, most notably Jeff ...