Debunking Stereotypes About The British

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  • Aliasalpha

    I was hoping for some discussion about the anthropomorphic animals that tend to roam around England, mostly sipping tea.

  • embertine

    I agree, Alias. I’m British and I’m actually a badger, and I’ve got a brew on as we speak. I feel a bit let down that my people are not being accurately represented.

    • Aliasalpha

      And there’s that bloody toad driving around like a maniac

  • Paul Baird

    This should be shown on Fox News, on the hour, every hour.

  • Stacy

    He didn’t address the stereotype that most troubles me: Evil British Children. I grew up (pre Harry Potter, obviously) on Lord of the Flies, Village of the Damned, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea, and various other books and movies involving EBC.

    They may look cute, with their little red cheeks and their uniforms, but…I don’t trust ‘em.

    • Stacy

      School uniforms, I meant. There’s not an Evil British Child uniform. Yet.

  • BenSix

    The biggest misconception about the British is that our melodious tends are necessarily indicative of sophistication and intelligence. As it’s often held by beautiful American women, however, it’s a stereotype that we hope endures.

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  • Lauren F

    Definitely not what I was expecting. Possibly better than what I was expecting! I can’t remember what I was expecting anymore…