Charles Krauthammer, the other day:
Reps from Time Warner Studios were there [Indianapolis air show] too, and they were featuring the film "Casablanca" on a gigantic outdoor screen for the entire public after the air show in the evening, right on the runway and airport lawn...
Remember the part where everyone is in Rick’s cafe, and the Germans begin singing marching songs, then the Free French agent stands up and begins to sing "La Marseillaise," and everyone else joins in a loud, patriotic chorus?
Well, at that point in the movie many of those who had stayed to watch it (about 8-9,000 people) began booing and hissing at the screen, and yelling just about every anti-French comment you could imagine. I couldn't tell how many were doing this, but it sounded like A LOT of people. Instantaneous French-bashing orgy... [Poilu at SuperFrenchie]
But we underestimated French perfidy. (Overestimating it is mathematically impossible.) ...Bigotry isn't an identity issue. It builds up from a groundswell of manipulated social idiocy.
This breathtaking duplicity -- payback for the Louisiana Purchase?