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Flemish wife calls Walloon spouse "lazy," arrested
Reuters ^ | 10-27-05

Posted on 10/29/2005 10:52:41 AM PDT by cloud8

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's history of linguistic bickering between Flemings and Walloons entered a new phase this week when police arrested a Flemish woman for calling her Walloon husband lazy, Belgian media said Thursday.

The 48-year-old husband filed a complaint for racism against his spouse for scratching him and calling him "a lazy Walloon, a slave and an inferior creature," De Standaard daily said.

The 47-year-old woman will appear before a magistrate later Thursday to face charges of racism, the newspaper said.

Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons are not only linguistically divided but also split socio-economically between a prosperous Flanders and a poorer Wallonia.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: belgium; dutch; flemish; flems; french; pc; racism; walloons
You can call me fat, you can call me stoopid, but don't you *DARE* call me a Walloon!
1 posted on 10/29/2005 10:52:42 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: cloud8

***calling him "a lazy Walloon, a slave and an inferior creature,"***


Hey! YOU married him, sister!


2 posted on 10/29/2005 10:58:05 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: cloud8

I hope we never lose our First Amendment protections here and end up with speech police as they do in Europe and Canada!


3 posted on 10/29/2005 11:09:42 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: cloud8
"Well now, the result of last week's competition when we asked you to find a derogatory term for the Belgians. Well, the response was enormous and we took quite a long time sorting out the winners. There were some very clever entries. Mrs Hatred of Leicester Said 'let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them' ... and a Mr St John of Huntingdon said he couldn't think of anything more derogatory than Belgians. But in the end we settled on three choices: number three ... the Sprouts, sent in by Mrs Vicious of Hastings... very nice ; number two..... the Phlegms ... from Mrs Childmolester of Worthing; but the winner was undoubtedly from Mrs No-Supper-For-You from Norwood in Lancashire ... Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards. "
4 posted on 10/29/2005 11:12:23 AM PDT by Loyalist (Dissonance And Disrespect: http://dissonanceanddisrespect.blogspot.com)
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To: cloud8
Europeans are so much more sophisticated than Americans. We haven't even begun to make Walloons a protected class.

The average American, if presented with a multiple-choice question about Walloons--

A. a French-speaking inhabitant of Belgium
B. an article of clothing in 18th-century Europe
C. an aquatic mammal

would just have to take a wild guess.

5 posted on 10/29/2005 11:28:57 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

> A. a French-speaking inhabitant of Belgium
> B. an article of clothing in 18th-century Europe
> C. an aquatic mammal

LOL

D. a gold coin of the reign of Leopold II worth ten schillings.


6 posted on 10/29/2005 11:36:47 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: cloud8

"Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons"

Even the Dutch know what the French are.


7 posted on 10/29/2005 11:41:51 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: cloud8
All these dingbat laws over there

I don't care if they are supposes to be good for me ...I don't like what Brussels Spouts!

8 posted on 10/29/2005 11:44:25 AM PDT by tophat9000 (This bulletin just in:"Chinese's Fire Drill's" will now be known as "New Orleans' Hurricane Drill's")
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To: cloud8
"The 48-year-old husband filed a complaint for racism against his spouse for scratching him and calling him "a lazy Walloon, a slave and an inferior creature," De Standaard daily said."

This would also violate Texas law, and subject to arrest for assault causing bodily injury (family violence). Not because of the spoken words, but for "scratching him". Leave a mark on someone in your household in Texas because of a physical encounter like that, and its Assault CBI. The article isnt clear on the details of the arrest, in in Texas it would be a prosecutable case.

9 posted on 10/29/2005 11:51:19 AM PDT by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
I thought "Walloons" was Elmer Fudd favor Internet web site ..... "Walloonssssss!"
10 posted on 10/29/2005 11:51:59 AM PDT by tophat9000 (This bulletin just in:"Chinese's Fire Drill's" will now be known as "New Orleans' Hurricane Drill's")
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To: Verginius Rufus

You neglected D: a sect of Islam


11 posted on 10/29/2005 11:54:14 AM PDT by quadrant
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Hey! YOU married him, sister!

Yeah...but at the time he was a young, energetic, motivated Walloon.

12 posted on 10/29/2005 11:56:47 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Hey! YOU married him, sister!

Cross cultural marriage. Must be liberals.

13 posted on 10/29/2005 11:58:16 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: cloud8
"... calling him "a lazy Walloon, a slave and an inferior creature"

And he responded, "How you English say ... I one more time-a unclog my nose in your direction, sons of a window-dresser! So, you think you could out-clever us French folk with your silly knees-bent running about advancing behavior! I wave my private parts at your aunties, you heaving lot of second hand electric donkey bottom biters."

14 posted on 10/29/2005 12:06:39 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: tophat9000
I don't like what Brussels Spouts!

It's a misprint. She isn't a Flemish wife; she's a fish wife.

Doesn't really matter though, they're still a 24 hour breakfast: mush-for-brains and waffles all day.

Hope they didn't have kids; they'd be hybrids:

Frogs with Dutch courage.

15 posted on 10/29/2005 12:10:53 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Mohamophages of the world, unite!)
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To: Unam Sanctam

I hope we never lose our First Amendment protections here and end up with speech police as they do in Europe and Canada!

I would have gone to jail for 50 years for what I screamed at the mechanic who screwed up my Wife's truck last weekend.


16 posted on 10/29/2005 12:35:46 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: cloud8
From Douglass Adam's Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/hitchhikers/guide/belgium.shtml

Belgium.

Less offensive words have been created in the many languages of the galaxy, such as joojooflop, swut and Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish.

The use of bad language can have unforseen circumstances. One example is the war between the G'gugvunts and the Vl'hurgs, caused by a casual remark made by Arthur Dent being mistaken as a terrible insult.

Simultaneous Babel Fish translation also means that any being can be rude to any other being without the need for extensive explanations. This has also started many wars.

The reason the Earth has been shunned for so long is also due to a language problem. On Earth, Belgium refers to a small country. Throughout the rest of the galaxy, Belgium is the most unspeakably rude word there is.

17 posted on 10/29/2005 12:36:11 PM PDT by DrDavid (Support Global Warming: Surf the Hebrides)
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To: cloud8
The Belgians wouldn't know human freedom from a linguistic boo boo.

They're slaves and inferior creatures. All of them.

18 posted on 10/29/2005 1:12:19 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Loyalist

LOL. What is that quote from?


19 posted on 10/29/2005 1:16:33 PM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: cloud8

"Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons are not only linguistically divided but also split socio-economically between a prosperous Flanders and a poorer Wallonia"

--- You can tell the moment you cross from the German part of Belgium to the fwench part. The towns go from clean to filthy. There is a distinct change in the attitudes of the people.


20 posted on 10/29/2005 3:47:25 PM PDT by Casekirchen (If allah is really another name for the Judeo-Christian God, why do the islamics pray to a rock?)
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To: cloud8

Can't we all just get along? ;)


21 posted on 10/29/2005 3:48:43 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Reactionary

And to think that World War I was fought because the Germans wanted to pass through Belgium without permission. Millions killed, to uphold the sacred principle of Belgian neutrality.


22 posted on 10/29/2005 7:16:09 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus (No blood for Brussels sprouts!)
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