Friday, March 23, 2007

The American sense of inferiority

BBC Online quotes Stephen Fry as saying: "I shouldn't be saying this, high treason really, but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting a brilliance that may not really be there." Also, "My vocal cords are made of tweed - I give off an air of Oxford donnishness and old BBC wirelesses."
They forgot the sour creature from "The Weakest Link", another Brit who is famous in America primarily for insulting Americans publicly. America is an odd combination of arrogance and inadequacy. In individuals, I associate that combination with a need to control others; as for countries, er, hmm...

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