Saturday, January 17, 2015
No longer the Ugly American, now the Ignorant American
To get an update on Paris a week after the attack, I clicked on France 24-English streaming live on YouTube, and found reporters sitting at a table making jokes about Fox News.
On the claim that Birmingham, England has become a Muslim-only city where non-Muslims don't go, a British reporter at the table called it “ignorance,” and then with a quizzical expression said, “and this is a Fox News ‘terrorism expert’ saying it.”
Then, as in the USA, the pundits all talked over each other, but I was able to jot down these quotes.
“Another expert on Fox says the center of Paris, the most elegant boulevards, have so many Muslim no-go zones, it reminds him of Afghanistan.”
That really got the pundits talking all at once and rolling their eyes laughing, giving me the impression they joke about Fox News a lot during these lighter segments on France 24.
They then showed clips from a French comedy show that interviewed people on the street in downtown Paris, to ask if the city now reminds them of Afghanistan. “What a stupid question,” answered a very cosmopolitan woman.
Thanks to Fox News, the current image we have overseas is no longer “the ugly American,” it's now “the ignorant American.”
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