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20th Jun '16 2:25:53 PM Prfnoff
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*** Parodied by the Save Points in ''Videogame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', which all spout pretentious diatribes about how Japanese gaming is obviously superior to Western "garbage" such as Madden or Videogame/BaldursGate and uses Gaijin as an insult. At least one of which is actually taken from a real argument used online.
15th Jun '16 3:58:46 PM Random888
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** The USA has its Anglophiles. Generally, they love British accents, UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily, and often focus on the Britain of an earlier time (usually, VictorianBritain through to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or so). ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is pretty much perfect for them, likewise ''Harry Potter'' and other fantasy fiction, and {{Steampunk}} is highly popular among milennials.

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** The USA has its Anglophiles. Generally, they love British accents, UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily, and often focus on the Britain of an earlier time (usually, VictorianBritain through to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or so). ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is pretty much perfect for them, likewise ''Harry Potter'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and other fantasy fiction, and {{Steampunk}} is highly popular among milennials. Creator/WaltDisney is said to have been an Anglophile, which possibly explains why so many Walt-era Disney films are set in Britain and/or adapted from classic British literature.
14th Jun '16 8:46:45 AM Oecchi
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* Kinzo Ushiromiya from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a fetish for western cultures in general (though he seems to like Italy and Germany in particular), being obsessed with the western occult, building himself a western-style mansion to live in and giving his children and grandchildren western names transliterated from kanji. His flashback in EP7 shows that he was fond of foreign literature as well.
9th Jun '16 3:23:50 PM Jhonny
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* And on the other side the more nutty sympathizers with Palestinian extremists (or Iran, or Israel's main enemy ''du jour'') wear the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh Kufiya]] without knowing much of its background and call for "solidarity" with Hamas and other groups that - to say it politely - may not share all of their viewpoints. A Western Atheist calling for "support" or "solidarity" for Hamas one day and decrying homophobia and religious vioence the next day may come off a bit strange, but then again Hamas cares just as little about ''that'' as the above-mentioned right wing Israelis care about the plans Christian Zionists have after the Messiah comes.

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* And on the other side the more nutty sympathizers with Palestinian extremists (or Iran, or Israel's main enemy ''du jour'') wear the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh Kufiya]] without knowing much of its background and call for "solidarity" with Hamas and other groups that - to say it politely - may not share all of their viewpoints. A Western Atheist calling for "support" or "solidarity" for Hamas one day and decrying homophobia and religious vioence violence the next day may come off a bit strange, but then again Hamas cares just as little about ''that'' as the above-mentioned right wing Israelis care about the plans Christian Zionists have after the Messiah comes.
9th Jun '16 1:52:06 PM Jhonny
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* As a 1980s mayor of some small town in Vermont points out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1xrAv9cMqI here]], Nicaragua has both a great deal of admiration for the US and its culture and a certain (understandable) disdain for its foreign policy. If you visit Nicaragua today, nothing of this admiration has changed. [[labelnote:explanation]] The name of the Mayor is of course Bernie Sanders and the town is of course Burlington [[/labelnote]]
9th Jun '16 1:47:23 PM Jhonny
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* Scandinavia and the Nordic countries get a lot of this. If its not a general fascination with Vikings and such things, it is most probably admiration of the Nordic welfare system. In the 50s and 60s, Swedish movies, especially those of Creator/IngmarBergman, were highly popular and successful in America and Europe. Music is also important, with some foreign Metalheads in particular, who seem to believe that the famous Black Metal and Death Metal scenes of Norway and Sweden respectively, are totally mainstream and played on pop radio. It isn't so--Remember that although Sweden produced half the forerunners of melodic death metal, it also produced Music/{{ABBA}}. And after ABBA Sweden has never ceased being insanely successful at (and obsessed with) Series/{{Eurovision}}, which has earned them a lot of admiration and envy.

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* Scandinavia and the Nordic countries get a lot of this. If its not a general fascination with Vikings and such things, it is most probably admiration of the Nordic welfare system. In the 50s and 60s, Swedish movies, especially those of Creator/IngmarBergman, were highly popular and successful in America and Europe. Music is also important, with some foreign Metalheads in particular, who seem to believe that the famous Black Metal and Death Metal scenes of Norway and Sweden respectively, are totally mainstream and played on pop radio. It isn't so--Remember that although Sweden produced half the forerunners of melodic death metal, it also produced Music/{{ABBA}}. And after ABBA Sweden has never ceased being insanely successful at (and obsessed with) Series/{{Eurovision}}, the EurovisionSongContest, which has earned them a lot of admiration and envy.
9th Jun '16 1:46:41 PM Jhonny
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* Scandinavia and the Nordic countries get a lot of this. If its not a general fascination with Vikings and such things, it is most probably admiration of the Nordic welfare system. In the 50s and 60s, Swedish movies, especially those of Creator/IngmarBergman, were highly popular and successful in America and Europe. Music is also important, with some foreign Metalheads in particular, who seem to believe that the famous Black Metal and Death Metal scenes of Norway and Sweden respectively, are totally mainstream and played on pop radio. It isn't so--Remember that although Sweden produced half the forerunners of melodic death metal, it also produced Music/{{ABBA}}.

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* Scandinavia and the Nordic countries get a lot of this. If its not a general fascination with Vikings and such things, it is most probably admiration of the Nordic welfare system. In the 50s and 60s, Swedish movies, especially those of Creator/IngmarBergman, were highly popular and successful in America and Europe. Music is also important, with some foreign Metalheads in particular, who seem to believe that the famous Black Metal and Death Metal scenes of Norway and Sweden respectively, are totally mainstream and played on pop radio. It isn't so--Remember that although Sweden produced half the forerunners of melodic death metal, it also produced Music/{{ABBA}}. And after ABBA Sweden has never ceased being insanely successful at (and obsessed with) Series/{{Eurovision}}, which has earned them a lot of admiration and envy.
9th Jun '16 1:42:18 PM Jhonny
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* And on the other side the more nutty sympathizers with Palestinian extremists (or Iran, or Israel's main enemy ''du jour'') wear the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh Kufiya]] without knowing much of its background and call for "solidarity" with Hamas and other groups that - to say it politely - may not share all of their viewpoints. A Western Atheist calling for "support" or "solidarity" for Hamas one day and decrying homophobia and religious vioence the next day may come off a bit strange, but then again Hamas cares just as little about ''that'' as the above-mentioned right wing Israelis care about the plans Christian Zionists have after the Messiah comes.
9th Jun '16 1:36:14 PM Jhonny
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** This fetish also makes many of them as rabid as the most extreme right-wing Israelis (with the added bonus of being thousands of miles away from the practical results of their proposed policies) and blithely indifferent to what happens to the Palestinians. The real life complexities of the situation don't really interest them at all; whoever gets in the way of the Holy Land being under complete Israeli control is the enemy of God, to be crushed or swept aside without mercy. In this, they actually agree with the craziest of the crazy of Israel, the ultra-right-wing Religious Zionists, who tend to be ultra-Orthodox Jews as well as far-right wingers politically aiming for the "redemption" of the Land of Israel: it's the same thing, it's just that the Jewish ones are hoping for an unknown Messiah, whereas the Christians think they know [[{{Jesus}} who]] the Messiah is. As a result, [[StrangeBedfellows said rabid right-wing Israelis consider them very valuable allies]].

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** This fetish also makes many of them as rabid as the most extreme right-wing Israelis (with the added bonus of being thousands of miles away from the practical results of their proposed policies) and blithely indifferent to what happens to the Palestinians. The real life complexities of the situation don't really interest them at all; whoever gets in the way of the Holy Land being under complete Israeli control is the enemy of God, to be crushed or swept aside without mercy. In this, they actually agree with the craziest of the crazy of Israel, the ultra-right-wing Religious Zionists, who tend to be ultra-Orthodox Orthodox[[note]] '''not''' "ultra"-Orthodox as non-Israeli media would have you believe. Ultra-Orthodox refers to Jews that reject a (secular) Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah and are thus openly or tacitly anti-Zionist at best tolerating the existence of Israel, at worst making common cause with Ahmadinejad and the likes[[/note]] Jews as well as far-right wingers politically aiming for the "redemption" of the Land of Israel: it's the same thing, it's just that the Jewish ones are hoping for an unknown Messiah, whereas the Christians think they know [[{{Jesus}} who]] the Messiah is. As a result, [[StrangeBedfellows said rabid right-wing Israelis consider them very valuable allies]].
14th May '16 10:50:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''MadMen'''s Bert Cooper is very much the Orientalist. That is, the old-school version of the Japanese culture fetish; he has ''shōji'' partitions and has ''ukiyo-e'' prints (including ''The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife'') in his office (which he makes people remove their shoes before entering).

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* ''MadMen'''s ''Series/MadMen'''s Bert Cooper is very much the Orientalist. That is, the old-school version of the Japanese culture fetish; he has ''shōji'' partitions and has ''ukiyo-e'' prints (including ''The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife'') in his office (which he makes people remove their shoes before entering).
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