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Double standards

So we keep hearing about how it's Totally Racist for Scottish people (or Welsh or Irish, I guess) to support Anyone But England in the World Cup. We should all support England cos they're, like, our next-door neighbours. When Alex Salmond or Andy Murray mention in passing that they might not support England, they get a pasting from the English press.

But apparently it's Absolutely Fine for a national British news programme to say:

Now for England fans, the only good news so far in the World Cup is that France are doing even worse.

Because things that are racist when you say them about the English aren't racist when you say them about the French, one assumes.

(C4 News - you'll be able to see it on 4OD in a bit.)

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da_pol
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
*flashback*

Small oikish me who has just dared to move to Aylesbury speaking a rather broad wierd dialect that's part Ayrshire lallans, part Weegie and part Highland Gaelic (I was doomed, wasn't I?) who gets down there and about the nicest thing anybody ever said to me was "Learn to speak English you ignorant sod".

*possibly* going full RP on them and calling them on the *slightest* grammatical flaw wasn't a nice thing to do, but yes - there's a lot of bigotry all ways in the UK, no matter which two regions you're looking at.

pickwick
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, excellent, though, I'd have gone grammar nazi too.

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