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why the hell do we hate the french Anyway?

March 16, 2007

 okay, first of all let me say that the french are, by american standards, ridiculous enough to merit our schoolyard scorn. they mince, they are effeminate, they are everything john wayne was not.

and up through the turn of the century that is about as far as we took it.

i mean, c’mon, the french haven’t been cool since alexandre dumas (of 3 Musketeer fame – no, not the candy bar. whichever one of you said that go read someone else’s blog 😉 ) but they have been fun – and they have been made fun of. but it was mostly harmless.

*french rifle for sale. never fired. only dropped once*

fast forward to the new millenium ::

a couple years ago, i actually had a woman come into my store looking for a good wine, but she took time to tell me (nose in the air, nostrils flared) that she doesn’t drink french wine since 911.

i came very close to losing my job that day.

but in the end i managed to keep my tongue

(though i did sell her a crap bottle of wine)

i mean, honestly, the french had nothing to do with 911. but this woman, like most of the country at the time, was allowing the popular media to lead her around by the nose.

fast forward to freedom fries ::

lets face it, our latest outrage at the french is that they didn’t jump on the *lets bomb afghanistan* bandwagon.

of course, america takes offense.

flashback; WWI, WWII ::

france is invaded, occupied. hundreds of thousands are killed, raped, worse.

whole towns are destroyed, cities, all despite a fairly rapid and universal surrender.

now, america has had an alliance with france since the revolutionary war. but for the most part we opted to sit on our hands.

until someone dared to drop a boom-stick on american soil. (that does seem to be what it takes to get us off our collective arse).

in their hours of greatest need we sat on our hands happily sucking down milk shakes and coca-cola in the land of the free while the french suffered.

not our problem. la dee dah.

::

so, we get the same in return from those same people and all of a sudden we’re pissed?

please.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2007 15:12

    did you know ‘french fries’ were actually first made in Belgium, and by a Flemish Belgian (not a French Belgian)

    My work colleagues in our European office in Belgium call them “Belgian Fries”.

    They also don’t call Beligian Waffles “Belgian Wafffles”, they just call them “waffles”

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    I too don’t understand what it is with the French, and heck! I live amongst the Canuck versions everyday.

    Of course the world’s dislike of the Quebequois (and the Quebequois distain for everyone else) is more rooted into being the bastard little brother of France and nothing to do with French/American relations at all.

  2. March 16, 2007 18:09

    I never really made the correlation between the US’ laurel sitting during WWII in regards to our allies and the laurel sitting by our allies when we got the shit kicked out of us

  3. March 16, 2007 18:13

    most folks didn’t.

  4. March 16, 2007 22:32

    I for one, didn’t get caught up in all that Anti-France propaganda the Bush administration was pushing.

    I think it would’ve been much more poignant if France had made the statement that it’s been many many years but they finally get to pay them back for all the help they provided when the Nazi’s were knocking on their door.

  5. March 16, 2007 22:58

    aye, but then they wouldn’t . . . if for no other reason than bush would’ve just mangled the attempt, twisted it to fit his little agenda.

    no, either we remember our history, or -as we have seen- we relive it (and hope the next generation learns from our mistakes)

    wonder how many *re-livings* it will take before we don’t leave a generation behind us to learn from our foul ups?

  6. March 20, 2007 21:09

    The French are pacifists, they do not fight back, The have been taken over so many times (at least 3 or 4 times) It is really hard to keep track, They WILL be taken over again I do not know when, but it will happen. I have 2 Moroccans, of French Decent living over here and they have NO respect for ANY American at all! They are rude, they kill our plants, they try to evict us from our apartment! (we have been here 5 years) (they have been here 2 months) and they think they have the upper hand! If anyone thinks this is wrong please write me! dwatson[at]houston.rr.com Thank you! 5 Years of garden pictures are available!

  7. March 20, 2007 21:18

    @houguy
    as to them not liking americans, erm, hardly anybody in the world community likes us.

    as to the rest, well, poland has been invaded and re-invaded more times than probablly any country on the planet.

    if ya think that makes us the wusses of the world go ahead and piss on our shoes and then wander down a back alley by your lonesome.

    we persevere. the enemey leaves. we remain.

  8. March 20, 2007 21:19

    @houguy again
    putting your email on the web in text form is just asking for spambots to infest your computer with a mountainload of viagra and cialis invitations.

    as administrator on this site, i am fixing it in your comment.

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