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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.)


Jun. 24th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
ah football. I'm supporting Brazil FWIW, I like that one player can run through many lots of defenders like they're just not there!

I did encounter racism about my Englishness while I was living in Scotland, it's the main reason why I didn't want to live there anymore and the final deciding factor as to why I left my job. There's only so many times yuo can hear 'urgh English people' or 'I hate the English' from folk who've barely left Glasgow, never mind Scotland, without it grinding you down.

Good point about the news coverage though I'd noticed that before I'd moved; same as our local news here it's all about PLymouth, barely mentions the rest of the SW and now the ITV regional has moved to Bristol you can guess how much local news I see.
Anyway Hello!!! :) HOw're you? x
Jun. 26th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hello! I'm good, how are you?! I was looking at your website the other day and your tie-dye clothes are brilliant!

I was talking about your experiences in Glasgow to someone in relation to racism things yesterday, cos it totally taught me take anti-English stuff seriously :(


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