punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Please stop making fun of the French

I have gotten a SLEW of e-mail from people, mostly in a frail attempt at humor, about how the French are ungrateful cowards and snobs. Look, I have worked with France and French people on a technical level, and they are neither ungrateful nor are they cowardly snobs. They don't all wear berets, smoke thin cigarettes, sitting in cafes, discussing art and how much they hate the Americans with a cantina playing in the background. Nor does everyone live within viewing distance of the Eiffel Tower on some cobblestone street like Champs D'Elysees, drinking red wine while they paint on canvases.

The French are real people, not a stereotype. They don't have to support what they don't want to. I don't care if they support something we don't, that's their decision. We may not like it, but please don't assume every French person is the same, and go "Ha ha ha" at some stupid joke about how one was slapped by a US Marine.

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