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Friday, June 27, 2008

You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!!!

Ok, so apparently there is a American country western craze sweeping France. Most specifically, country western Line Dancing. The French are organizing lessons and nights at clubs to learn and bring the funk. The government is even getting involved setting regulations. The French administration has moved to create an official country dancing diploma as part of a drive to regulate the fad. Authorised instructors who have been on publicly funded training courses will be put in charge of line dancing lessons and balls. The rules, which come into force next year, come after the rapid spread of country and western in France, where an estimated 100,000 people line dance several times a week. Jean Chauveau, the chairman of the country section of the French Dance Federation, said: “It's growing at a crazy rate. There are thousands of clubs and more are springing up all the time.” This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Of course the French would pick line dancing out of all American things to fall in love with. Americans don't even like line dancing. It just shows what they think our culture is. An official was quoted the trend illustrated France's “complicated and ambiguous” relationship with the United States. “We love American magic and the American dream,” he said. “But we hate Americans when we confront the hard reality of their behaviour throughout the world. We go for the cowboy hats but not George Bush.” Apparently women enjoy the choreography of it, and that it involves individualism with no physical contact. This would be such a better story if it involved the Japanese. But I am sure that the Japanese have been there and done that decades ago. They are probably obsessed with some aspect of American culture that Americans don't even know about. The truth is that I am really not that surprised. everyone says that the French are sophisticated, know fashion, and have impeccable taste. I say fiddle sticks. I think the French dress terrible, have a terrible sense of humor and style, and love bad American culture like Jerry Lewis. Of course they like line dancing. Pretty soon they will embrace Walmart and want to make meth in trailer parks. Here is a video

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