The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


One Nations Tragedy Is Another Nations Humour …
May 9, 2018, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, America, Culture, England, History

One of the things that has always done my head in is how many American’s claim some sort of Irish descendency on St Patrick’s Day.

I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does.

This inner-boiling point reached new heights for me this year for 2 key reasons …

+ I now live here so get to see it first hand.

+ Trump is President, voted in by people who liked his ‘stop the immigrants’ message.

I’ve got to admit, I found it interesting watching so many people claim they were of Irish descent [when in reality, it was probably about 1/1000th Irish or that they once drank some Jameson’s whiskey] given the likelihood a great deal of them passionately want to stop any immigrants [read: anyone not white] enter the US … but hey, as we’ve seen with the gun laws, when America wants to, they can do crazy like few can do crazy.

Talking of crazy, have a look at this sign I saw outside an Irish pub that day.

Specifically, the last drink on the menu board …

Yeah … let’s all laugh at the drink called ‘car bomb’.

That’s funny isn’t it.

Something that killed so many people is a great way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think American’s would find it funny if a bar in London created a drink called 9/11 to celebrate July 4th, do you?

Yes, you can call it a bad joke. Or just plain ol’ cultural ignorance. But as I wrote years ago when the Borat movie came out, it’s amazing how people can laugh at human unpleasantness when it’s not about them and wrapped up in ‘humour’ to make the bitterness appear less ugly.


20 Comments

You ought to have dashed in there and yelled, “Bomb! Bomb! Bomb!”

Comment by Chikashi

like your style.

Comment by andy@cynic

Next year …

Comment by Rob

dont worry campbell, we got our own back by sending you here. thats beyond anything those fuckers can imagine or deal with.

Comment by andy@cynic

The US has definitely got the worse end of the deal but I do agree with what Rob is saying. Too many people making too many claims without understanding the situation or context.

Comment by DH

Should say this is not unique to America but they do it better than most. I’ve said it before but America can’t help herself, she feels compelled to get involved in issues whether they are directly affecting them or not.

Comment by DH

I know you learnt this under the most difficult of circumstances so I don’t take what you said for granted one little bit.

Comment by George

thanks auntie for making me look a fucking shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re definitely not the first to say that Andy.

Comment by Rob

I like you so much fucking more when you are irrationally angry.

Comment by andy@cynic

I still remember the times when that was how he was 100% of the time. So much more exciting than this part-time mature state he is in. But that could also be because I don’t have to share an office with him anymore.

Comment by DH

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Comment by Rob

It is one of the many strange things about living here. In other countries St Patrick’s Day is simply an excuse to have a party and drink alcohol at 8am. Here, it is to show your Irish heritage and everyone seems to claim it.

Comment by George

are you supposed to have an excuse to drink at 8am? more like an excuse to drink fucking guinness. and theres never a good enough one for that shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

It’s because we would rather be from Iran than limeyland.

Comment by Billy Whizz

thats ok billy, we would rather be from the back of a fucking sheep than american. twat.

Comment by andy@cynic

That sounds more like motivation to be more British.

Comment by Rob

Only brit pricks would think that way.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Nobody here in Northern Ireland would drink in that bar.

Comment by Cathy746books

Exactly.

Comment by Rob




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