Tuesday, January 04, 2005

It Won't Kill You

Lillet and I are back from a week-long trip to America, largely enjoyable apart from all the driving. (Well, and the food.)

Shortly before we left, a History Channel advertisement for a special on the French Revolution started appearing all over New York - on busses, telephone booths, in the subway. The ad featured a red-white-and-blue guillotine and in large print read, FOR TWO HOURS IT WON'T KILL YOU TO LOVE THE FRENCH.

I had meant to take and post a photograph of this ad. In the meantime, we look forward to the next History Channel special, JAZZ IN AMERICA: FOR TWO HOURS IT'S SAFE TO LET SOME BLACK PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME.

And then, a Frenchman was prompted by the History Channel ad to consider American attitudes towards the French in a New York Times op-ed piece. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/03/opinion/03audouard.html

(There is also this companion piece, written by a co-author of "Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France." http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/03/opinion/03miller.html)

Happy New Year to all.


2 Comments:

Blogger Kender said...

Fair and balanced coverage with these articles. I like that. The first article notwithstanding, I still take issue with the moves that france takes on the world stage in regards with American actions. I am still waiting to find another frenchman I like.

I am also in agreement that france strongly, deeply, almost pathologically needs to feel that they matter on the world stage. It is a drug that they crave. As much as they desire this fix, it isn't there. A sad placebo is all they ingest, feeling as if they truly matter a great deal, when really, in the large dance of world events, they matter very little.

On a final note, (maybe) I refuse to ignore them. I am simply having too much fun.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Mr. H.K. said...

Happy New Year to you both... Looks like you have an interesting blog going on here with good thought provoking topics. The French thing alone could be a whole blog unto itself...Eh?

11:46 AM  

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