Skip to comments.Serious question about Brit Bashing on Free Republic...
Posted on 11/05/2004 2:53:54 PM PST by BritishBulldog
Just lately (noticeably since the US election result) there seems to be an awful lot of anti-British sentiment on here (there always was a little but I put that down to a handful of xenophobic kiddies)
What I would like to know is do most Freepers now share the low opinion that some (many) on here seem to have of our nation or is it just a small (but very vocal) minority of morons?
I've enjoyed this forum (for the relatively short time that I've contributed) and have always liked Americans in general, but I now find myself reconsidering my thoughts on both.
If we Brits are not liked or wanted around here, I think I'll probably discontinue my involvement.
Britain and the US have always had an arms length affair since the War of 1812........
But I've encountered a number of British FReepers here. WHy wouldn't you be welcome?
What are you talking about? I've never seen any anti-brit statement the couple of months I've been here.
I haven't seen it either, do you have a link?
Maybe some people got mad about the recent mirror UK covers?
Please also ignore The Guardian. It's THOSE types of Brits whom we knock aroud just as we do our idiots here in the good ole' US of A.
It's not all Brits that we bash, just the liberal ones who attack our president.
Actually I've only seen people react to the British headline claiming that millions of Americans are dumb.
We're just anti stupid Brit.
It was the Guardian with "Operation Ohio" that started it. Nothing pisses off an American like somebody telling us how we should vote "for the safety of the world."
Well I love the brits. Hate the anti-American ones but love the rest!
I think you're talking about the anti-brit feelign when they started sending us letters right?
That's over already
It's how I treat Americans too BTW. ;-)
I smell an Opus.
Good luck you are not French!. HAHAHAHA. I haven't heard anything about brits.
ROFL yea me too, i was getting ready to defend him
The most Brit-bashing I saw was in response to the Guardian e-mail campaign against President Bush. For the most part, Brits have been welcomed & respected.
Maybe you should talk to Ivan, check to see if he's found the site to be Brit-bashing.
Now if you're French...it's open season. ;)
Oh, if your talking about that Guardian letter affair, the Guardian should have known better. You and your country should be pissed at them for meddling and not as us for responding. If we did the same thing to Britain you know what we would have been told so get over it.
I like Brit but he has to answer for his kissy-butt with Susan Estrich as she tried to dance around the facts, reporting talking points from the Kerry campaign as serious unbiased analysis after it looked like Ohio was lost.
Brit, you messed up big time. Come off the fence a little. I know you had a national audience (Fox affilaites were carrying Brit and gang)..
hehe...sorry to hijack the thread...
I like the Brits. I have chosen England as my next vacation destination because of Blaiir's support for the US and the prez. FReegards.
Anglophile checking in.
Heck, if you guys wanted to join a real union, we'd give you four Senators. A Senator is more lordly than any British Lord- you'll love having Senators. Gosh, they're a sight to see, when us lowly types are privileged enough to see one. When they're not in jail of course.
I too haven't seen any Brit bashing. The US has no greater allie than the Brits!
We don't like your food, your accents and your bulldogs! Any questions?
Most FReepers are glad that the British have largely stood with us, contrary to the wishes of the new Central Powers.
We love Churchill and Thatcher, heck most of us are Python fans. But there certainly is a segment of modern British society that is pretty loony, especially their press. I suspect like here, most Brits are pretty conservative, once you get outside of London and Liverpool.
I limit my "Brit-Bashing" to the Guardian, mostly.
I believe it's a pent-up reaction to years of America-bashing from the British lefties and Europe in general. And it's not so much bashing the British citizenry as your left-dominated government and media.
WE LOVE THE UK.
We just HAT the Guardian and the mirror.
I've heard some comments that would scramble your teeth and turn them yellow.
Oh, I see you've heard them too.
Come on, we kid because we love.
You Brits are good people. Stick around.
That being said, one has only to read the Beeb's "Have Your Say" columns to see that many in UK seem to be somewhat leftist nowadays.
Please stick around !
Communist papers like The Guardian kinda irritated alot of people on both sides of the pond or so the rumble I heard says.
(Filed in my head as rumor and hearsay unless I can find someone to confirm your side of the pond's irritation at the Guardian.)
Cheers, thanks for being with us in Afghanistan and Iraq.
You are wanted here, dear. The Guardian has made things a bit nippy, and it sometimes gets quite unkind. You might ping MadIvan - he's a Brit - and he can tell you firsthand that many do not know that we have a strong British and Canadian Contingient on FreeRepublic. I think people would be less likely to be insulting if they knew a British or Canadian friend was actually listening to their posts.
If you think THIS is tough, try being of French extraction here. I haven't even come out yet...
Try reading your own press for a while.
Even the worst US press can't compare to what we see in the way of personal attacks in the British press. They consistantly claim this president (who has a higher IQ than Kerry, and an MBA) is an idiot.
Where's the counter balance? Where's the fairness?
A bit Cheeky, that, wouldn't you say BullDog?
I've never seen any sort of anti-British sentiment. Typically I don't involve myself in it, because I know there are decent people everywhere, even if it happens to be France or even Canada (I have first hand experience and know quite a few Canadians who love America), and I will defend the decent citizens of any country in the world from the broad brush of hate.
We didn't like The Guardian's meddling in the election. We didn't like that column suggesting that someone step forward and do the world a favor by assassinating GW. That's been the nub of Brit bashing lately, and it doesn't seem outre. So take heart, pull up a chair, and make yourself at home.
You have to realize that the anti-Americanism we see throw our way from the world is getting old. That said, I understand that it is not everyone that feels this way and hope you can understand that that's the same with us. I like the Brits. They were good to my father during WWII and I won't forget it.
When growing up, we had a collection of the "Book of Knowledge" encyclopedias, which I now understand is just a slightly Americanized version of a similarly-named collection in Britian. I thought the president reported to the queen, who ruled both the US and Britian, until I was probably 6 years old.
I believe it's mostly directed at your press and those letters that were sent to Ohio. We don't take kindlly to being told what to do by any other country. National pride, you know.
Oh Please...your media basically calls the majority of American voters worse than fools for voting Republican and we take issue with it.
"You mean you guys celebrate Independence Day, too?" I asked, feigning disbelief.
"No," he said, feigning outrage, "We take the day off -- BUT WE DON'T CELEBRATE IT!"
Don't go anywhere. This is the best site on the 'Net.
I've seen what you mean and I don't blame you for feeling upset.
People here get pretty PO'd with the Guardian's "pen-pal" program amongst other
Too many Freepers forget that the British have been our, steadfast good allies in the WOT.
(Of course, these are the same people who say, "Every Muslim on the planet ought to be exterminated and that includes the Kurds". We have bigots here, though most of us work to keep that weeded out)
Most of us know better.
I like your posts. I know you are not one of those Guardian people.
You should hang out.
But Lonnie Donnegan and Billy Fury, that's another matter!