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5th Feb '18 2:11:31 PM thelivingtoad
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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, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain through to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or so). British TV shows, "Indie Rock" (more known as "pop-rock" stateside), ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and other fantasy fiction, and {{Steampunk}} are highly popular among millennials. Creator/WaltDisney is said to have been an Anglophile, which possibly explains why so many Disney films made during his lifetime were set in Britain and/or adapted from classic British literature.

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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, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain through to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or so). British TV shows, "Indie Rock" (more known as "pop-rock" "AlternativeRock" stateside), ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and other fantasy fiction, and {{Steampunk}} are highly popular among millennials. Creator/WaltDisney is said to have been an Anglophile, which possibly explains why so many Disney films made during his lifetime were set in Britain and/or adapted from classic British literature.
2nd Feb '18 6:52:41 PM nombretomado
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** Until [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys the Iraq War and even earlier]], America used to be big Francophiles. One can trace this as far back as Creator/BenjaminFranklin and UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson's time as ambassadors in Paris, but in the early 20th Century, American writers, jazz musicians (white and black) would often go to UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. This led to the Lost Generation glorified by Creator/ErnestHemingway. French stars like Creator/CharlesBoyer, Creator/MauriceChevalier and Creator/YvesMontand were highly popular in America, as was later Brigitte Bardot. Many MGM musicals like ''Film/AnAmericanInParis'' and ''Film/{{Gigi}}'' are set in Paris. Among college intellectuals, Jean-Paul Sartre, Creator/RolandBarthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Creator/AlbertCamus and Michel Foucault were all the rage. Likewise the NewHollywood was described by its film-makers as the TransAtlanticEquivalent of the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave. As late as the eighties and nineties, US humanities departments tended to regard French philosophy as divinely inspired and inerrant.

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** Until [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys the Iraq War and even earlier]], America used to be big Francophiles. One can trace this as far back as Creator/BenjaminFranklin and UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson's time as ambassadors in Paris, but in the early 20th Century, American writers, jazz musicians (white and black) would often go to UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. This led to the Lost Generation glorified by Creator/ErnestHemingway. French stars like Creator/CharlesBoyer, Creator/MauriceChevalier and Creator/YvesMontand were highly popular in America, as was later Brigitte Bardot. Many MGM musicals like ''Film/AnAmericanInParis'' and ''Film/{{Gigi}}'' are set in Paris. Among college intellectuals, Jean-Paul Sartre, Creator/RolandBarthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Creator/AlbertCamus and Michel Foucault were all the rage. Likewise the NewHollywood UsefulNotes/NewHollywood was described by its film-makers as the TransAtlanticEquivalent of the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave. As late as the eighties and nineties, US humanities departments tended to regard French philosophy as divinely inspired and inerrant.
30th Jan '18 7:12:47 AM Cryoclaste
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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 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]].

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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 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}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} who]] the Messiah is. As a result, [[StrangeBedfellows said rabid right-wing Israelis consider them very valuable allies]].
31st Dec '17 11:46:37 AM nombretomado
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** There's a strip where [=PeeJee=] and Aubrey (both Asian) mock GwenStefani's pop adoption of Japanese memetics, complete with having four "Harajuku girls" who follow her around and aren't ever referred to by their real names. [=PeeJee=] suggests the girls are likely "tutoring" Stefani in Japanese -- "Seeing a withered little pop star trying to order sushi in Japanese and instead telling the waiter about her intense venereal disease would be better than any Christmas bonus I've ever received."

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** There's a strip where [=PeeJee=] and Aubrey (both Asian) mock GwenStefani's Music/GwenStefani's pop adoption of Japanese memetics, complete with having four "Harajuku girls" who follow her around and aren't ever referred to by their real names. [=PeeJee=] suggests the girls are likely "tutoring" Stefani in Japanese -- "Seeing a withered little pop star trying to order sushi in Japanese and instead telling the waiter about her intense venereal disease would be better than any Christmas bonus I've ever received."
24th Dec '17 3:32:53 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Love of Japanese culture is oft mocked on the internet as "Weeabooism", from a MemeticMutation borne of ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' comics and an Imageboard word filter for "Japanophile." And it doesn't just refer to [[FanDumb particularly obsessive anime fans]] ("OccidentalOtaku"). Not even the ones who own a few too many [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]. "Weeaboo" means a special brand of obsessive, crazy idiot who believes everything Japanese is superior, and wants to move to Japan and become a video game programmer/anime producer/manga artist/ninja/other hilariously improbable career. Enough of them actually accomplish the moving to Japan part, where their dreams are invariably crushed (with some '''''very''''' rare exceptions), to the point where the Japanese themselves have developed a stereotype about them...

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** Love of Japanese culture is oft mocked on the internet as "Weeabooism", from a MemeticMutation borne of ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' comics and an Imageboard word filter for "Japanophile." And it doesn't just refer to [[FanDumb particularly obsessive anime fans]] ("OccidentalOtaku"). Not even the ones who own a few too many [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]. "Weeaboo" means a special brand of obsessive, crazy idiot who believes everything Japanese is superior, and wants to move to Japan and become a video game programmer/anime producer/manga artist/ninja/other hilariously improbable career. Enough of them actually accomplish the moving to Japan part, where their dreams are invariably crushed (with some '''''very''''' rare exceptions), to the point where the Japanese themselves have developed a stereotype about them...them. On a darker note, some of them become so obsessed with the idea of Japanese superiority that they [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar start supporting denials or sanitization of certain unsavory elements in Japan's past]].
24th Dec '17 3:31:00 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Modern day South Koreans have a thing for the United States, and a lot of them wish to visit the country and enjoy its culture. British culture also has its fans in the peninsula.

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** Modern day South Koreans have a thing for the United States, States (the country remains one of the USA's closest military allies), and a lot of them wish to visit the country and enjoy its culture. British culture also has its fans in the peninsula.
24th Dec '17 3:29:09 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** There's also a weird "Nazi chic" trend in some Asian countries, which is based on the aesthetics of the regime rather than its vile ideology. Hence, there are [[http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/chinese-lovebirds-nazi-garb Nazi-themed weddings in China]]. Its history goes back a long way. Both China and Japan had close relations with Germany since late 19th century. Nazi Germany was an ally of both [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Guomindang China]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and]] UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan in 1930s.

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** There's also a weird "Nazi chic" trend in some Asian countries, which is based on the aesthetics of the regime rather than its vile ideology.ideology [[note]] Japan and China both have Holocaust museums that are regularly visited by locals, and many are aware of the genocide.[[/note]]. Hence, there are [[http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/chinese-lovebirds-nazi-garb Nazi-themed weddings in China]]. Its history goes back a long way. Both China and Japan had close relations with Germany since late 19th century. Nazi Germany was an ally of both [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Guomindang China]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and]] UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan in 1930s.the 1930s, providing military aid to the former and diplomats to the latter. Although China got thrown under the bus by Hitler, it should be noted that the GMD's army still wore German-influenced uniforms until the 1950s, and used Stahlhelms for parade duty until 1946.
18th Nov '17 7:25:30 PM wootzits
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* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': Dildano is a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Sogoite]] who believes that MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch. He thinks of Earth as the "planet revolutions" and is very admiring of its culture (this being set in the far future where Earth has become ultra-pacifistic). His attempt at a revolution in Sogo is inspired by Earth history and he enjoys partaking in other aspects of the culture, while deriding his own as savage.
7th Nov '17 4:28:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The character John Connor spends a good deal of the film ''Film/RisingSun'' pontificating about how noble Japanese culture is.
** Which is rather amusing considering that the rather {{Anvilicious}} WordOfGod (according to the literal AuthorTract at the end of the book) is that Americans should beware Japan's rising power (remember this was written before their economic bubble burst).

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* The character John Connor spends a good deal of the film ''Film/RisingSun'' pontificating about how noble effective and powerful Japanese culture is.
** Which is rather amusing considering that
is. Ironically, the rather {{Anvilicious}} WordOfGod (according to the literal AuthorTract at the end point of the book) is that Americans should beware Japan's rising power (remember this was written before their economic bubble burst).not to compliment Japan but to warn American readers of the threat the nation posed to 1990s America.
5th Nov '17 5:59:15 PM JulianLapostat
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--> '''Caesar''': "Our ancestors, Fathers of the Senate, were never lacking either in wisdom or courage, and yet pride did not keep them from adopting foreign institutions, [[DontShootTheMessenger provided they were honourable]]. They took their offensive and defensive weapons from the Samnites, the badges of their magistrates for the most part from the Etruscans. In fine, whatever they found suitable among allies or foes, they put in practice at home with the greatest enthusiasm, [[SincerestFormOfFlattery preferring to imitate rather than envy the successful]]."

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--> '''Caesar''': "Our ancestors, Fathers of the Senate, were never lacking either in wisdom or courage, and yet pride did not keep them from adopting foreign institutions, [[DontShootTheMessenger provided they were honourable]].honourable. They took their offensive and defensive weapons from the Samnites, the badges of their magistrates for the most part from the Etruscans. In fine, whatever they found suitable among allies or foes, they put in practice at home with the greatest enthusiasm, [[SincerestFormOfFlattery preferring to imitate rather than envy the successful]]."
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