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Freedom Fries [Feb. 18th, 2003|12:42 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Ok, now I'm getting mad/embarassed. On our local news they are suggesting that we boycott any sort of imported goods from France on account of their disapproval of the US wanting to start problems with Iraq. They reported that many local restaurants are changing their menus so that "French Fries" are being renamed as "Freedom Fries". I'm sorry, but that is just... stupid. It's even worse than WWII's renaming of sauerkraut as "Liberty Cabbage". They then displayed some "poll results" (the origin of which was not established) that 46% of Americans "thought poorly of France in general" or something to that effect. They touched on the fact that Americans often make jokes at the expense of French culture and French people. This is ridiculous. I would never have expected this heighth of stupidity in my lifetime. Are we going to start boycotting UK and German products as well? I'm going to start choosing European products over US ones in protest =)

[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2003-02-18 11:20 am (UTC)

freedom fries.

i will not be buying anything with that name. that is one of the stupidest things i have ever heard.
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[User Picture]From: sabrinanymph
2003-02-18 12:01 pm (UTC)
1) I'm rather surprised that a news station is suggesting this since news stations generally tend to be v. liberal.

2) Freedom Fries is just dumb. Do not rename food, it's pointless and dare I say nerdy. If you want to boycott French products, that certainly your perogative, but don't rename things. What's next? renaming French 101 to Foreign language 101? So that sudents are no longer 'taking French' as a language?

3)Under this logic, it would be really pointless to boycott UK products as last time I checked Tony Blair was pretty firmly on the side of anti-Iraq. (Of course, something may have changed... I really need to read the news more often) I know not where Germany stands or does not stand... But I'm always for buying UK products anyway...

Patriotism... or anti-patriotism... can really be taken too far.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-02-18 04:00 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean! Typically news in general (particularly the Fox affiliate, which is the program I am referring to) tend towards a liberal bias. The three countries that they specifically mentioned as disapproving US action in Iraq were France (of course), Germany (which is pretty much along with France, last time I checked) and the UK (what!!!???!!). Tony Blair is pretty close with Bush as far as Iraq goes. At least, I thought so! I was under the impression that the UK was agreeing at least to an extent with the US. I'm guessing that it is just sloppy news reporting. I've seen news (especially local news, that I can usually verify for myself) on the local news stations (especially Fox) that are just plain wrong! Argh.
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From: jasminefairy
2003-02-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
no wonder why they hate us.
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2003-02-18 09:11 pm (UTC)
But, I love my salads with French Dressing! LOL
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2003-02-19 08:58 am (UTC)
yes... this is turning out to NOT have been the best semester to take french, if you care about public opinion. or to run around speaking french. oh well. j'adore francais. mm. the language. i haven't met many of the people.

what always impresses me is the ability of an entire nation to behave like a 2nd grader. 'fine! you can't play with my toys!' notice how we won't actually stop EATING french fries... just like we won't refuse to buy cheap fuel...etc...
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