And they think we’re the simple-minded jingoists

Stoaty found this.  It is spectacularly awful.  Click through to witness it, before it gets memory-holed.

I almost feel like this requires an entire battery of Stoaty’s Iron-Y-Meters to accurately measure the black-hole-density of cluelessness in this video.  The same folks who produced it almost certainly hold the de rigeur Continental image of the United States as the Great Ignurrent Cowboy: a simpleton fearing all who are different, devouring all with brassy and unsophisticated gloss and flash.  It’s Europe, you see, that celebrates multicultural values and welcomes all.

Well, unless they’re in propaganda videos.  There, the nice white lady is menaced by ethnic folks practicing the martial arts customs of their own cultures.  And since this would never do, Yoga Europa simply makes tons of identical copies of herself, which apparently makes the savage child-peoples of the world give up on conquering such a useless collection of nitwits.

I mean, this is astonishingly crude thinking.  First and foremost, of course, is that in real life, these dudes would take one look at the circle of lasses and immediately say, “Cool, eleven more asses to kick.”  Second, though, this just fails even to convey the message that was intended, which is the very definition of failing in the art of storytelling.  The ladies are all identical.  I can’t stress that enough.  Forget diversity between continents: there’s not even any between the member states of the EU!  The lady doesn’t become a German guy, an Irish lass (pity, that), a Spanish dude, etc etc.  Maybe that’s for the best, as it spares us twelve more offensive stereotypes… but it does neatly underscore the difference between a faceless bureaucratic Borg alliance and the concept of “e pluribus unum.”

Oh, and at the end, the lady (s) becomes the twelve stars of the EU Flag – and the ethnic folks cease to exist.  No room for you here in Eutopia!  E-U-A!  E-U-A!  E-U-A!

I’m going to go so far as to suggest that this reveals one of the truths that madden Eurocrats so.  To wit: the racial struggles here highlight that we actually do struggle with it, as compared to wishing that it would all just vanish.  We debate whether such-and-so an incident really was racist or not, because we take the question seriously.  And here as there, those whose decks of greivance are exclusively race cards, sexism cards, victimism cards of every kind, are those who are blindest to actual racist or sexist incidents; in fact, blind to such an extent that they are often guilty of them – and of course the mental disconnect there is so severe that rallying to defend the Correct Sort of Person from such evidence is casual and unthinking.  They simply mustn’t be like that, because they’re so much like me!

PS – to dress Yoga Europa here like Bruce Lee or The Bride, true ass-kickers? Just insulting.


3 thoughts on “And they think we’re the simple-minded jingoists

  1. the twisted spinster March 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    OMG that is hilarious. I’m sure that the whole thing with the guys sitting down in the circle of identical yoga ladies was supposed to invoke “peace among the different peoples” or something, but could they have hit every cliche about foreigners any harder? I’m just surprised they didn’t have the black guy wearing a grass skirt and a necklace made out of lion teeth.

  2. Kate P March 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    On top of all that, they had the NERVE to steall her outfit from KILL BILL!?!?!?!?

  3. Kate P March 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Um, please ignore that extra L in “steal.” I was just so outraged my fingers punched the L key.

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