A week ago we chuckled over an unintentionally hilarious tirade by a "former editor" who warned that the proliferation of chick lit is carrying America to hell in a handbasket. Well, look what bit of fun I've found for you today, kids: a French writer is pounding Brits for having no class and extremely bad manners.
At this juncture we will pause so that students of Miss Manners may recall that for an individual to accuse someone else of having bad manners is--ahem--extremely bad manners. But be that as it may. This tirade is even funnier than the chick-lit-is-bad-for-America rant, so I can't resist sharing these excerpts from Sunday's Daily Mail:
Britain has been branded a nation of "vulgar, aggressive, unprincipled, consumerist zombies" in a scathing new book by a French academic.
In a savage tirade of abuse that rips the 'entente cordiale' to shreds, author Agnes Poirier unleashes a savage attack on our culture, lifestyle and politics.
Even by French standards of Brit-bashing, the stream of insults is impressive.
But it is made all the more extraordinary considering Miss Poirier has a British boyfriend and has lived in Britain for a decade.
Sheesh. Talk about abusing a country's hospitality. And am I the only one wondering how the "vulgar, aggressive, unprincipled, consumerist zombie" boyfriend feels about this kind of talk?
The article includes these and other howlers for our enjoyment:
Miss Poirier begins with a venomous deluge of abuse aimed at the British character, saying: "They have no understanding of philosophy, beauty or art. They do not even have any intellectuals.
"It is a kingdom of narrowly educated specialists on the one hand and those lacking general culture on the other.
"This makes for boring conversation. People talk only about what they know about or else limit themselves to comments on the weather, the property market or the cost of educating children."
Apparently, Miss Poirier enjoys talking to people who have no idea what they're talking about. Which explains quite a lot, don't you think?
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