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What's wrong with being British?

  1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 4 years ago

    I just saw the new McG movie, "This Means War", and there's this one recurring joke that I don't understand, so I was hoping someone here can explain to me.  In the film, Reese Witherspoon's character says that one draw about Chris Pine's character is that he has small hands.  Now, I get that reference, as I've been told that the size of a man's hands are indicators about how big he is...well you get the idea. 

    However, she also goes on to mention that the one flaw about Tom Hardy's character is that he's British, which she's implying makes him less than a man.  I thought about that last part for a while, but i don't really get it.  The only thing I could think of is that there's either a stereotype about British men being rather small...or she's a racist.  I don't know.  Therefore, can you ladies please tell me what's wrong with a guy that's british?   I know it's only a movie, but I would really like to know what the hell that joke means, as it doesn't make any sense.

    1. Diane Inside profile image86
      Diane Insideposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I didn't see the movie and I know no stereotype about how endowed a man is just because he is British.  Although there probably is one. lol

      When I think of British men, I think of Snobbish Bores with no sense of humor. Of Course this is not true of all Brits and I'm sure its mostly to do with the media that I would even think this at all. Especially since I only knew one Boy in high school from Britain here on the student exchange program.  He was the star basketball player at our school.  He got alot of attention because of it and yes I considered him quite snobbish. But of course its not like I hung out with him. He might have been a really good guy.

      1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
        Stevennix2001posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        That's a very interesting story Diane.  Thanks for sharing it.  smile  To be honest, I wouldn't breath too much into the joke in this movie, as most of McG films aren't that great to begin with.

    2. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Are you sure she said British and not 'English'?

      Just asking...perfectly understandable if she meant or said English..

      Us Scots can sit back and wait for the flack....

      Seriously even I, as a Scot, know of no reason why the English, or British for that matter, should be categorised in any way derogatory. Relating to..emmm, you know what. They are rubbish, European men are much better, but that's not widely known smile

      1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
        Stevennix2001posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No, I'm pretty sure she said British, and not English, as it's a recurring joke about Tom Hardy's character throughout most of the movie.  That's why I was trying to figure out how that recurring joke about the guy being British was funny, as I don't get it.  But then again, it's directed by McG, so I shouldn't be surprised.

        1. couturepopcafe profile image61
          couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think it was an inference to size but passion. Brits are noted for being more reserved in the display of passion.

          1. couturepopcafe profile image61
            couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Personally, I love the British accent, whether it's English, Scottish, Irish, Welch. Something about it makes me feel like this guy is ok.

  2. Greekgeek profile image96
    Greekgeekposted 4 years ago

    How very bizarre.

    Here I just got finished watching Patrick Stewart on Netflix just because he has a British accent, which of course gives him +10 sexy points over any American actor.

    Er...TMI?

  3. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 4 years ago

    There's been a fairly anti-British. and especially anti-English thing going on in Hollywood for a while now.  British characters in American films tend to be  either 'baddies' or portrayed as fairly stupid toffs, and there are several films like Braveheart and The Patriot that don't let a little thing like what really happened stand in the way of making a film and portraying England as nothing but oppressive bullies. That's not to portray English/British history in too glowing a light either, but there is always two sides to any story and a non-biased balanced approach to historical films is to be applauded. And any stereotype is going to find its way into public consciousness if it is reinforced often enough.

    And as we have a population of around 60 million, I don't think that they can all be boring snobs, be less than generously endowed and rubbish in the sack?  Well, as a British woman I hope not LOL! smile

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, Hollywood's great at making something out of nothing. Unfortunately, some people take it as gospel truth. I love all things British and would move there in a heartbeat if I could.

  4. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 4 years ago

    I'm English / British and proud of it... and I have big hands!

    As to anything derogatory about us Brits who knows - in the time that I have spent overseas most of the foreign young ladies that I have met are far more interested when they know I am British than they are in any Americans..

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's the accent. The only accent that compares in sexiness is Outback or Montana (real cowboy).

  5. evvy_09 profile image84
    evvy_09posted 4 years ago

    I don't get it.  I love a British accent.  Just like having a Russian accent, you can say anything you want to and it sounds awesome.  Maybe it's just me smile

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Me, too. Russian is cool also but never thought about it the same way. Italian accents are cool, too. But Italian men are quite the opposite of Brits. One is reserved and polite in courtship, the other is all passion and romance. Maybe a bit too much unless you love that sort of thing.

  6. Bard of Ely profile image87
    Bard of Elyposted 4 years ago

    I am Welsh but I don't sound like it I am told! lol

  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image59
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 4 years ago

    ..didn't see the movie...what's wrong with Brits?...nothing that i know of......ooohhhh - such lovely accents....talk dirty to me baby!...lol...oops sorry...i better get to work lol

    1. LeanMan profile image81
      LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi sexxxxxyyyyy..... martini???

      1. couturepopcafe profile image61
        couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        See? That right there. Reserved and polite. I know you can't get too dirty on the forum but someone else might have said, "I'm gonna slap you up." I prefer not.

  8. SimeyC profile image91
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    Well being British I actually thought this line was cute and funny - see I do have a sense of humor (humour!) - the British humor is very dry usually. BTW as you can see, I have written over 500 hubs therefore I MUST have very big hands. Nudge nudge wink wink say no more say no more!

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's crazy to see all the Brits coming out. People I never would have suspected of being. I love you guys.

      1. LeanMan profile image81
        LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        We try to hide our Britishness but as soon as people see our hands ... they just know!!!!

        1. couturepopcafe profile image61
          couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Sometimes I'm afraid to travel the world being an American. I hear such horrible stories about American tourists being offensive. It's just because we're spoiled, have no manners, can't behave in polite society, throw money around like we're showing off, have no taste or style and carry junky luggage. Other than that, what's the problem?

        2. JKenny profile image93
          JKennyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yep, must definitely be a British thing, because I have big hands and big feet too!

          1. LeanMan profile image81
            LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            The feet thing is a major problem!! I have size 12 UK feet (yes girls I know what you're thinking) and I am currently living in the Philippines - there is not one store here that stocks anything of size 11 upwards.. Can someone send me some good quality slippers?

            1. prettydarkhorse profile image66
              prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Tony behave!! How's the weather there?

              1. LeanMan profile image81
                LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Hi PDH, not sure - its 1am and dark outside! But quite hot still, have the fan on full blast.. It was sunny earlier and too hot to be outside, I hope it cools off tomorrow a little as have a lot to do in town..
                How is it there??

                1. prettydarkhorse profile image66
                  prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  going to spring, 12 C, PA, US, back to 6C on weekends.

                  I miss markets! Maybe you are eating lots of fish now. Enjoy your stay there.

                  1. LeanMan profile image81
                    LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I have nearly finished my Talapia ponds now, so will soon be harvesting my own..

                    I am loving it here, earning enough now on HP and my own sites to survive here.

            2. couturepopcafe profile image61
              couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I've got some banana leaves. Or send me your address via email and I'll find you some slippers. Do you prefer fuzzy, open toe, fabric, sandal type, or what?

              And what size is that U.S.?

              1. LeanMan profile image81
                LeanManposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I believe that the US size is one size bigger as it is with everything else, much like the cars etc. Not quite sure what is being compensated for.

                I have quite a few banana leaves also, they grow behind my rear wall... along with mango and various other fruits..

                1. couturepopcafe profile image61
                  couturepopcafeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  It might have to do with centimeters v inches.

  9. Greek One profile image80
    Greek Oneposted 4 years ago

    The teeth

  10. prettydarkhorse profile image66
    prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago

    Good actors, as to the size I am not sure smile smile. Steven, I can't help you as I didn't watch that film, sorry

    Those who portrayed James Bond character

    Niven - English
    Connery - Scottish
    Craig - English
    Brosnan - Irish
    Dalton - Welsh
    Moore - English

    Not British
    Lazenby - Australian

    THE BEST actor, handsomest British - the winner is my favorite Daniel Day Lewis - both British and Irish citizenship. Never portrayed the role of James Bond, but that of Abe Lincoln

    1. Greek One profile image80
      Greek Oneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Mike Myers - played James Bond with a funny edge (aka Austin Powers)

      Mike Myers - Canadian

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image66
        prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile big_smile

  11. Anti-Valentine profile image94
    Anti-Valentineposted 4 years ago

    There's nothing wrong with being British. But it's common for American films to cast British actors or characters who are supposed to be British (played by Americans) in a film as being bad or undesirable. It's a stereotype. Few people like the British much, but probably many more dislike Americans. Sorry, has to be said.

    The Irish and the Scottish don't like the British, but the British don't like anyone, especially not the Welsh. smile

    1. Jason Marovich profile image89
      Jason Marovichposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That probably explains the serious and grumpy image we get across the pond.  It's because they're forced to live in misery on the same island with one another! (excluding the Irish, of course).

    2. Nell Rose profile image88
      Nell Roseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The Irish and Scottish are British! Northern Ireland, Wales Scotland and England are British when you put them all together! Scottish Irish and Welsh don't like the English, the English try and get on with everyone!

  12. stclairjack profile image78
    stclairjackposted 4 years ago

    it may be a back handed joke,.... i've never seen the movie, nor will i likely,... but perhaps she doesnt like britts preciseley because she doesnt get the dry witt,...

    the over-all implication is not that britts are a bad group,.. but that her charcter is stupid?

    just guessing.

  13. innersmiff profile image77
    innersmiffposted 4 years ago

    Well I can't imagine what that could imply. Americans seem to invent British stereotypes at will. I had no idea that British people were supposed to have bad teeth until I started speaking to Americans.

  14. PaulGoodman67 profile image91
    PaulGoodman67posted 4 years ago

    As a Brit living in the USA, I have to say that Americans are generally very positive about British people and their accents in my experience, whatever Hollywood says!  :-)

 
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