I was browsing the ‘anglophile’ tag tonight, and I saw a bunch of things. Some I liked, some I was frankly disgusted by. (the hatred, mostly.)
It all lead me to my own beliefs on anglophiles, what it IS to be an anglophile, and people I tend to think of as ‘pseudo-anglophiles’.
I’ll start with the ‘pseudo-anglophiles’. These are people, regardless of age (though it seems they are more younger than older), who seem to think that it’s a brill idea that one day they’re going to live in England based on the fact that they watch some British television, (i.e, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Downton) and assume life is perfect and wonderful in England and that ‘oh, that accent is just so hot/adorable/awesome, and they love tea, and English guys/girls are just so cute, and the villages are so quaint.
This stresses me greatly, simply because one can’t make an entire judgement and life change based on what one sees on telly.
I would venture to ask these same people if they are aware of the current situation with the NHS, how the coalition government isn’t working as great as it could be, petrol prices are continually skyrocketing with strike threats still looming, and the fact that unemployment, especially with the youth sector is INCREDIBLY BLOODY high right now. These are ALL factors that are important and that one needs to even consider when they begin spouting that they are running off to move to England.
England is not always as rosy as it is made to seem on the television, pseuds. Please, just do some research first.
As for the rest of us anglophiles, (and yes, I do lump myself into this category, even if it be reluctantly), there are those among us who genuinely like, respect, and appreciate the culture, history, architecture, lifestyles, politics, imperialism, and pride that is associated with Britain. We share sensibilities and mindsets, and we respect the heritage. We DO care about the state of their nation, we DO get concerned that the NHS has cuts, or about the budget problems and the fact that pensioners and the elderly are being taxed even more, that pasties are being taxed, or that jobseekers’ benefit is being cut. It’s more than JUST QI, what brilliant thing Mark Gatiss/Stephen Moffat have their hands in, or does David Mitchell truly have a love affair with pizza.
There ARE a lot of class issues going on, there ARE riots over anything ranging from tuition increases to police corruption. The weather can be shit at times, and the airports panic at the slightest change in temperatures.
WE get that.
On top of all that, it’s hard to BE an anglophile in a country where we can’t see past our own problems, where our top news stories are whether Kanye and Kim are hooking up and who got booted this week from Dancing With The Stars.
So, to the people expressing hatred for anglophiles, stop and think first before you start with your vitriol. Not ALL anglophiles are people solely in it because they don’t take the time to truly CARE about all that Britain encompasses and only care about what entertainment the BBC produces that they find on the internet.
And, to all the pseudo-anglophiles, I say spend some extended time in Britain, read the papers every day, follow the news, visit the council estates as well as quaint village cottages, see the grimy areas of London, and not just the tourist traps, learn all you can learn about a place you profess love for, respect it ALL, and THEN maybe the hatred won’t be heaped on you and we ALL as anglophiles can feel good about being classified as an anglophile.
No hate intended, just getting things off my chest.