Nobody uses the Internet on Friday – Anti-British Edition

Hey, it’s another Friday and I almost forgot to do another ‘Nobody uses the Internet on Friday’ because I wasn’t using the Internet. Shocking, I know.

Okay, I’m not pulling any punches today. New Orleans pulled a tourism ad because it was deemed ‘anti-British’. I find this hilarious on many, many levels.

The print ad, a play on the city’s history, was part of an effort to dispel perceptions the spill in the nearby Gulf has closed the “Big Easy” and its famed restaurants and music to tourism.

“This isn’t the first time New Orleans has survived the British,” it read alongside a photo of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

The square is named for former President Andrew Jackson, who as a general led forces that defeated a British invasion during the War of 1812.

Mark Twain realized when he wrote his wonderful novel Joan of Arc that France was the true mother of America. England may be America’s Father, but France nurtured liberty. France helped America take it’s first steps. France gave America its frontier. France and America never fought a war against each other (though there were naval skirmishes over a period of three years when the French thought the United States was collaborating with England). England fought two wars against America.  Our Founding Fathers received succor from France.  Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine just to name a few all drew immense inspiration from France.

In 1814 the British attempted to seize New Orleans in the War of 1812 in a battle now famously called The Battle of New Orleans. General Andrew Jackson lead an army down to New Orleans and kicked British ass. If you don’t believe me, then surely you will believe Johnny Cash singing Jimmy Driftwood’s song “The Battle of New Orleans”.

If any city has the right to run an ad campaign poking fun at England, New Orleans does. And if such ad campaigns are considered anti-England then do we have to cancel all our Independence Day activities?

England apparently has no problem publishing anti-French advertisements as indicated by this letter sent to a newspaper in Ireland.

Recently a British tabloid newspaper’s Irish edition offered a free World Cup T-shirt proclaiming “Anyone But The French”. Now I see that Currys (“the UK’s foremost electrical retailer”) is offering money back on TVs sold here if France gets knocked out of the World Cup.

As someone who was at the Stade De France on the night of Thierry Henry’s handball, I, with the vast majority of Irish people, not only football fans, bear no ill-will towards France.

It is in our nature to forgive and forget. Jingoistic immaturity may go down well across the water, but I don’t need these companies bearing a grudge against France on my behalf.

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Blimey, those English are hypocritical.  Of course the United States is no better.  Remember Freedom Fries?

The cafeteria menus in the three House office buildings changed the name of “french fries” to “freedom fries,” in a culinary rebuke of France stemming from anger over the country’s refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.Ditto for “french toast,” which will be known as “freedom toast.”

The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus.

Across the country, some private restaurants have done the same.

Since it was okay to change french fries and french toast to freedom fries and freedom toast, can we change english muffins to something else? That’s just silly, I know. And I know BP does’t represent England, but when McDonald’s screws over a part of the world, the United States as a whole gets the backlash.

Here is some more anti-BP (not anti-British) stuff.

To be fair… here is the anti-American view that England has against the United States.

I’m not angry at England. Just disappointed… and angry.  And yes, England and the United States will be allies far into the future.  We are intertwined in so many ways that it isn’t funny.  England is America’s father, and we had our tempestuous moments in the past.  We just have a situation here where one of England’s projects has caused America a lot of damage.  I think America can poke fun at it without England getting its shorts all twisted.  America has no problem with England calling it a land of fat, idiotic, stupid people… hell, we call ourselves that.

Hey, England, welcome to the playground.

My message to New Orleans: run the ad campaign. I know you won’t but dammit, New Orleans was attacked by England once already, I think it is safe to call the BP oilspill another attack of sorts.

Okay, I’m clearly abusing the Internet today.  Time to let it get its much needed rest.