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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Befuddling Headlines:  “Some Europeans Aren’t Fans of Halloween”

File this story in the “No Shit, Sherlock” file.  Shouldn’t the story also mention that some Americans don’t like Halloween either?  I’m not one of those people, so this story is particularly irritating to me.  It just serves as a reminder that we’re on the cusp of daily stories about how insensitive the celebration and expression of Christmas can be.  Get ready, but first let’s mock the Halloween-phobes.  The last two things my children are thinking about as they anxiously await Halloween are Satan and Hell, but the increasing popularity of the holiday in Europe is another opportunity to bash the U.S. for its influence in the world.  Except for capitalists that can sell more merchandise around the world, I don’t think too many people in America care whether other countries join in or not. Personally, for example, I think it’s a little creepy when Japanese kids go crazy over Levi jeans. Well, until the Christmas bashing begins, or until another evil Harry Potter book comes out, this is what we get. 

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"Halloween ‘undermines our cultural identity’....”

It must suck that your cultural identity is built on such an unstable foundation.  Perhaps you should work on that.

In similar olds (like “news”, but not, you know, “new"), fundamentalist Hindus (to the extent that makes any sense) seem to have a problem with Valentine’s Day:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1166055.stm

“This shameless festival has been celebrated by our young people for the last 10 years, but it is totally contrary to Indian culture....”

TW: respect


on Oct 26 2005 @ 02:21 PM
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