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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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daibhid_c
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
"To be fair, the area you grew up in wasn't so much "racist" as "You're not from round here, are you-ist"."

My formative years in Inverness were the same - made even more unjust by the fact I was from around here, and my Mum's family had been from around here since the beginning of time (Dad moved up from Edinburgh, from Perthshire stock). I have no idea why I have an English accent.

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