Watson film series was broadcast on Soviet TV in the late s to mids. In all these movies, the characters were brilliantly played by the same actors — Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Watson. The narrator of such a joke usually tries to mimic the unique husky voice of Vasily Livanov. Occasionally the jokes also include other characters — Mrs Hudson , the landlady of Holmes's residence on Baker Street; or Sir Henry and his butler Barrymore from The Hound of the Baskervilles ; or the detective's nemesis Professor Moriarty.
The preceding joke won second place in the World's funniest joke contest. His arch enemy is Inspector Juve, charged with catching him. A common theme is the interaction of a New Russian in his archetypal shiny black Mercedes S , arguing with a regular Russian in his modest Soviet-era Zaporozhets after their vehicles collide. The New Russian is often a violent criminal or at least speaks criminal argot , with a number of neologisms or common words with skewed meaning typical among New Russians. In a way, these anecdotes are a continuation of the Soviet-era series about Georgians , who were then depicted as extremely wealthy.
The physical stereotype of the New Russians is often that of overweight men with short haircuts, dressed in thick gold chains and crimson jackets, with their fingers in the horns gesture , cruising around in the " Merc" and showing off their wealth. Jokes about expensive foreign sports cars can be compared to German Manta jokes. Jokes set in the animal kingdom also feature characters, which draw their roots in the old Slavic fairy tales, where animals are portrayed as sapient beings with a stereotypical behavior, such as the violent Wolf; the sneaky Fox; the cocky, cowardly Hare; the strong, simple-minded Bear; the multi-dimensional Hedgehog; and the Lion, king of the animal kingdom.
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In the Russian language all objects, animate and inanimate, have a grammatical gender — masculine, feminine, or neuter. Animal jokes are often fables , i. Aside from mammals, a rather common non-human is the "Golden Fish", who asks the catcher to release her in exchange for three wishes. In jokes, the Fisherman may be replaced by a representative of a nationality or ethnicity, and the third wish usually makes the punch line of the joke. A similar type of joke involves a wish-granting Genie , the main difference being that in the case of the Golden Fish the Fisherman suffers from his own stupidity or greed, while the Genie is known for ingeniously twisting an interpretation of the wish to frustrate the grantee.
These often revolve around the supposition that the vast majority of Russian and Soviet militsioners policemen, now called politzia accept bribes. Also, they are not considered to be very bright. Imperial Russia had been multi-ethnic for many centuries, and this situation continued throughout the Soviet period, and continues still. Throughout history, several ethnic stereotypes have developed, often in common with those views by other ethnicities usually except for the ethnicity in question, but not always.
Chukchi , the native people of Chukotka , the most remote northeast corner of Russia, are a common minority targeted for generic ethnic jokes in Russia. Often a straight man of the Chukcha in the jokes is a Russian geologist. Ukrainians are depicted as rustic, stingy, and inordinately fond of salted salo pork back fat ; their accent, which is imitated in jokes, is perceived as funny. Ukrainians are perceived to bear a grudge against Russians derided as Moskali by Ukrainians:.
Georgians are almost always depicted as stupid, greedy, hot-blooded, or sexually addicted, and in some cases, all four at the same time. A very loud and theatrical Georgian accent, including grammatical errors considered typical of Georgians, and occasional Georgian words are considered funny to imitate in Russian and often becomes a joke in itself.
In some jokes, Georgians are portrayed as rich, because in Soviet times they were also perceived as profiting immensely from black market businesses. There is a humorous expression deriving from the custom in police reports of referring to them as "persons of Caucasian nationality" Russian: Since the Russian word for "person" in the formal sense, Russian: In Russia itself, most people see "persons of Caucasian nationality" mostly at marketplaces selling fruits and flowers.
In recent years, many old jokes about rich Georgians are being recast in terms of " New Russians ". Estonians and Finns are depicted as having no sense of humor and being stubborn, taciturn, and especially slow. The Estonian accent, especially its sing-song tune and the lack of genders in grammar, forms part of the humor. Their common usage of long vowels and consonants both in speech and orthography e. In the everyday life, a person may be derisively called a "hot-headed Estonian fellow" or in similar spirit, a "hot-tempered Finnish bloke", a phrase popularized by the Russian comedy Peculiarities of the National Hunt to emphasize tardiness or lack of temperament.
Indeed, Estonians play a similar role in Soviet humor to that of Finns in Scandinavian jokes. Finnish political scientist Ilmari Susiluoto , also an author of three books on Russian humor, writes that Finns and Russians understand each other's humor. These nations are too boring and unvaried to rise into the consciousness of a large country.
But the funny and slightly silly, stubborn Finns, the Chukhnas do. Jewish humor is a highly developed subset of Russian humor, largely based on the Russian Jews ' self-image. The Jewish self-deprecating anecdotes are not the same as anti-Semitic jokes. As some Jews say themselves, Jewish jokes are being made by either anti-Semites or the Jews themselves. Instead, whether told by Jews or non-Jewish Russians, these jokes show cynicism, self-irony , and wit that is characteristic of Jewish humor both in Russia and elsewhere in the world see Jewish humor.
The jokes are usually told with a characteristic Jewish accent stretching out syllables, parodying the uvular trill of "R", etc. To Russians, it is sufficient to begin a joke with: During the Arab—Israeli War sympathies of the ordinary Soviet people were on the side of the Israel despite Egypt under Nasser being officially a Soviet ally, " on the Socialist path of development ":. This joke is in part based on the common stereotype about Jews: Common jokes center on the enormous size of the Chinese population, the Chinese language and the perceptions of the Chinese as cunning, industrious, and hard-working.
Other popular jokes revolve around the belief that the Chinese are capable of amazing feats by primitive means, such as the Great Leap Forward. A good many of the jokes are puns based on the fact that a widespread Chinese syllable written as "hui" in pinyin looks very similar to the obscene Russian word for penis. The following humorous possibilities for the misunderstanding of the Chinese syllable "Hui" are derived from Aarons's text: Russians are a stereotype in Russian jokes themselves when set next to other stereotyped ethnicities.
Thus, the Russian appearing in a triple joke with two Westerners, German , French , American or Englishman , will provide for a self-ironic punchline depicting himself as simple-minded and negligently careless but physically robust, which often ensures that he retains the upper hand over his less naive Western counterparts. Another common plot is a Russian holding a contest with technologically-superior opponents usually, an American and a Japanese and winning with sheer brute force or a clever trick. Like elsewhere in the world, a good many of jokes in Russia are based on puns.
Other jokes depend on grammatical and linguistic oddities and irregularities in the Russian language:. A similar story by Mikhail Zoshchenko involves yet another answer: The Russian word for " testicle " is a diminutive of " egg ", so the slang word is the non-diminutive form yaitso , cf. A large variety of jokes capitalizes on this, ranging from predictably silly to surprisingly elegant:. Some religious jokes make fun of the clergy. Clergymen in these jokes always bear obsolete names of distinctively Greek origin, and speak in basso profundo.
Probably any nation large enough to have an army has a good many of its own barracks jokes. Other than plays on words, these jokes are usually internationally understandable. In the Soviet Union, military service was universal for males , so most people could relate to them. In these jokes a praporschik warrant officer is an archetypal bully , possessed of limited wit. Dmitriev illustrates his sociological essay "Army Humor" with a large number of military jokes, mostly of Russian origin.
There is an enormous number of one-liners , supposedly quoting a praporschik:. Until shortly before perestroika , all fit male students of higher education had obligatory military ROTC courses from which they graduate as junior officers in the military reserve. A good many of military jokes originated there:. Sometimes, these silly statements can cross over, intentionally or unintentionally, into the realm of actual wit:.
There are jokes about Russian nuclear missile forces and worldwide disasters because of lack of basic army discipline:.
Medical jokes are widespread. Often, they consist of a short dialogue of doctor or nurse with a patient:.
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I have tried to be nice and offered some humor at my own expense. The comments with the negatively charged aura have all come from you. If I wanted to make you feel bad…, oh boy! As for your reputations of being cowards that Barney spoke about, up until now I had never heard much about it.
I think you believe it more than anyone else does. You are so insecure about it, you think everyone is thinking it about you, when nobody is. Sure someone might make a joke or even believe it to be true. So be mad at them. Not at people like me who was just trying to be friendly with you. Though there is one negative stereotype I have heard about French.
People say they are condescending. But as I said in the beginning…. And when it ceases to be, so do I. I will continue to write. Thank You for that Miquelon and Jane. Regardless,…, Good tidings, long life, and happiness to all! Hey Miquelon…, I just posted another comment and I saw you had too. I wanted to respond to the last thing you siad:. They change their jokes to match the audience they are performing for. When they are in the west they say those people from the east are so dumb that…. Anyway, I hope these conversations turn more pleasant.
But I do hope they can continue. But I made my point. You found them distasteful. As Barney points out, the problem we have is that these jokes, if told sufficiently, could pervade popular culture and become common knowledge. At least, most people would. The same kind of mediatic bashing could go the other way around. Should kids in school draw Americans jumping off the World Trade Center? Would you find this tolerable? Just think of it this way.
Most columnists and pundits have certainly got that point, and are applying it to great effect. Heck, but that was the idea… to rile you and to see how American jokes against the French are crap…. Thank you both for illustrating our point so perfectly. How does it feel to be in our shoes? Now imagine feeling what you felt last night every single day for the past 6 years. As if Americans thought for a minute that the French would not be offended at being called cowards.
The Italian, the Poles? You think they enjoyed being called cowards when the joke was on them? As I said, if the resurgence of those French surrender jokes coincided with the French refusal to participate in the Iraq War, it is certainly no coincidence. The aim of those jokes left the mere field of humor a long time ago and if even South Park innocently joked about the French being cowards this time, it helps perpetuate an ugly stereotype that is detrimental to the French people and South Park or no South Park we will still protest against that process.
Jokes that are anti-french or anti-American or any other anti-nationality fall in the same bucket as racist jokes, homophobic jokes, and others. They are incredibly offensive. Are you suggesting that I should stifle my thoughts to spare your sensitivities? And if you think we will take the shit lying down, you got another thing coming. Carton Jaune — On se calme! I applaud people for sticking up for their country and place of origin.
You however are a hypocrite. How do two wrongs make a right? I never condoned french bashing, I am not a french basher, and do not appreciate being labeled by you semi-camoflauged insults. Keep digging that hole of bigotry. Hillblogger, I suggest you lecture to your fellow Frenchmen first and when they stop being foolish, we will stop riling you.
You understand anti-french sentiment in America very little for spouting such nonsense. Most Americans have an indifference towards France, as with most countries, neither having a negative or positive view. The people who do have unfavorable opinions are the idiot republicans that mainstream Americans feel are out of touch with the rest of us. It offends me even more that you use the word American to describe us all, I am an American, and there are millions of other Americans, the majority, who do not feel that way.
There are many effective anti-French bashing techniques. You possess none of them, you fuel the fires. You remind me of a republican who blabs about how America is perfect and can do no wrong, only adding fuel to the fire of Anti-Americanism. Again you widely overestimate French bashing, like I said most Americans are indifferent towards France..
If you only knew how many republicans I have attacked with actual aggressiveness who are the cause for all this ignorance on your behalf, who give people such as you justification in your stereotypes. I could picture her literally frothing at the mouth. I stayed out of the conversation for a couple days to let it calm down some. I am still laughing at the picture of the yellow card Miquelon submitted. To be honest, I was again planning to make this my last entry and was not going to be too nice about it.
But some comendable diplomacy supplied by Miquelon has once again changed my mind. If you go way back up to the top and re-read some of my comments, you will see I was trying to communicate to you all that inspite of a joke you obviously took personally, the world as I know it does not think bad of the french. In fact…, I have great respect for them. She is a smart woman and has a great sense of humor. In fact it was pretty damn funny. Anyway, back to why I started writing on this blog to begin with.
After hearing rebuttal I found out this is a touchy subject f0r you. So there was good back-and-forth that seem to be creating some comrodary between representatives of out individual countries. I did try at every turn to always include some compliments and some recognition of your feelings.
That would have been a mistake on my part. I now realize it was just one French person that was being over represented on this site. I even laughed at the one good American joke the skyscraper one. Some found it a little distasteful but I thought it was funny and said so. The one joke I said sucked was just a shitty joke. I neither dished any jokes out or became upset about accepting any. Any joke is going to offend somebody.
In his reply to comments I previously made, Hillblogger made a reference that I went all epileptic. It was meant as a put down of me personally. My point is Hillblogger did not purposely insult epileptics. The events happened in America but we can laugh about them without upsetting anyway if we do it for fun…, not to demean or hurt anyone. Two things that happened yesterday that were funny as hell and deserve to be made fun of. I challenge you to come up with a joke without being mean about it. The first one is a low flying plane in New York which caused people to panic like we were be invade by aliens.
Now I can see why it scared them but you have to admit afterwards it was kind of funny. They made it sound like the black plague had arrived but at the end of the report practically shouted: Now see if between us we can make some funny jokes about this without being mean, demeaning, or hurtful. I think it would be a good exercise to help us communicate and laugh with each other in a way the brings Americans and the French closer…, not further apart. One thing I just noticed at the top of the page is the Frech Bashing levels of certain people and programs. I saw that Fox News level was at orange elevated.
Could I please ask you…, no beg you not use Fox news as a gage for how you judge America. They are the channel of the most right-wing extremist and have no scruples or regard for the truth. I am truely ashamed to have them be an example of anything that comes from America. They offend me more than they ever could offend you. To call them American news…, actually to call them news at all is an insult to intelligence world-wide. And right you are!
It was not meant to put down epileptics and actually after I wrote it I knew it was in poor taste. It also so happens that a cousin is epileptic.
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Once again Wayne fails to acknowledge, obviously purposefully, that is only with a certain stereotype we have a problem with. The one that spits on our dead and makes use of the worst tragedy in our history to make a point. It shows how the defeat of the French in was not due to cowardice but to poor leadership by showing some of the truly heroic if unsuccessful moments of the Battle of France.
So, lo and behold! That led to some pretty absurd choices…. For instance, the author chooses three napoleonic battles. Would the brilliant Austerlitz be there?
No… Trafalgar, Leipzig and Waterloo. How stupid is that?!? Once again, the choice is stupid: Would it not be wiser to introduce, for instance, Agincourt and Formigny, which are opposite versions? But no — no French victories. And then, they try to place the insignificant, minor battle of Bannockburn Scots vs. Andre 81 , How absolutly correct you are. There are, however, some honest efforts by some British academics to be more evaluative. Those efforts should be encouraged. Allez faire un tour sur les fan site de south park style southpark-tv.
Les precedentes allusions a la france ne me genaient pas , mais la je suis un peu colere …. Here is an issue I think that disturbs me and I think will disturb you more. I think it is something you probably have not seen and definately needs to be brought to your attention. The very website which made me aware of your concerns in the first place is called reddit. It is open to anyone to post political arguements, usually backed with a link to an article which prompted their comment in the first place. There are certain people on there that are totally pigheaded and say things that are so one-sided that only a partisan extremist can even begin to think might be true.
For the most part, it does open up some spirited debate. But there is one person that constantly submits post that labels Obama as some sort of anti-christ. He uses slurs and lies and has become an extreme annoyance. Because he uses a teleprompter in his speeches big deal Acorn: He has now added Manchurian to that label.
Correct me if I am wrong, but manchurian means french like; correct? If was anyone else had put this label on Obama I might not even think it was meant as an insult. But no matter what this guy says I can guarentee it is meant as such. I have no idea what he is implying. Regardless of what my comments are will not be taken serious because all I am to him is an Obama supporter…, the lowest creature on earth in his mind. But I thought it was time that he heard from some people that have no ties to my political system and could care less what Obama does.
He needs to hear from people that the labels he is putting on someone he hates are very demeaning to others. In this case you. A heavy-duty insult at that. I thought it was something you should be aware of. Here is the link to one of his childish comments: This will get you to just this one comment. In order to leave a comment you will have to do a very simple registration. You know…, just your user name, email address, and password. Every single one begins with the manchurian label using it like it is a gross insult. I think you guys should check it out and leave comments of your own.
You may also want to check out this site in general. You can post your concerns and comment on others as well. If you have any questions about it…, please feel free to ask me. As an American…, I can say this guy is responsible for the most blatent French bashing that goes on in my country. Please tell me what you think and how I can assist with getting the word out that this is not acceptable.
Hey someone tell me what Benjamin said. The user has no credibility on reddit with comment karma in the negative s. The guy is a joke on reddit. I looked it up on an online dictionary and it said it meant french-like. Is there anyway you can delete that whole comment then?
As for asking what Benjamin said, I meant what did he say in English. You know the site well Miquelon. He is a joke and no one takes him serious. It just bothered me when I thought I thought he was using a racial slur in the context of an insult. You see it does bother me when someone says something racial in the context of hate, regardles of which race he is insulting. I basically ignored the guy until I thought he was making a hurtful, hateful bigoted statement. Regardless…, thanks for setting me straight on that. I might of gone on and on and made myself look more stupid. Check out the fan site of South Park something like southpark-tv.
And sadly, I know why he chose the French Army and not the British Army where long line of members of the English side of the family had served for generations beginning with the Napoleonic wars — it is because of the blatant lie being spread around particularly during his growing up years about the French Army. The situation, if you like, is almost synonimous to what happened to the US Forces in Vietnam.
But the US military chain of command had issued orders: That said, it is true that there were members of the French military who finally collaborated with the Germans. The proof is many of them fought against the Allies and died fighting. So, where is cowardice in that? Where is cowardice in that? Nothing is ever black or white!
It is a despicable behavior. They could have said something even in passing. I thought that this episode was hilarious! I think that this has been taken way out of proportion, and anyone that gets offended at comments like were made on the show, is feeble and juvenile to put it nicely. But until somebody does, relax, take it easy, and remember: The French are sick and tired of being labeled cowards and pussies by the American media.
Because seriously, what other ethnicity or nationality would not take offense at being constantly labeled a coward? Stan said as much in episode — You got F in the A. Barney 98 , Here, you have laid out a well developed argument. I see this blog and SuperFrenchie as concrete efforts to confront and refute labels. I would suggest that your arguments are best used to inspire insightful reflections on what we all say and not met to be any tit for tat.
I am amazed at how many people, confronted by logical retort, are stunned, and often appoligetic. These prople are not bad, they simply do not have the breath of knowledge and received minimal history in school. That is very patronizing. No, we do not have in depth French history in the US. People who do not like South Park do not understand how it works. They did this to show how ridculous bigotry is. This is exactly what South Park does.
The person on the show being bigoted is usually made out to be a fool in the end. Regardless, the show is hilarious. And if anyone thinks they pick on the French, they should start counting how many times they fun of other people. They have made literally thousands of jokes at the expense of every aspect of American culture, and all the other cultures too. They have made fun of movie stars that sooooo deserve it. As for me and Cody…. From Leno the archbasher to the lowest French-bashing pundit, we all get the we make fun of everybody response.
Chamberlain talking to Hitler:. Ve do nicht only kill ze Jews! Ve also kill ze gypsies, und ze disabled, und ze homosexuals… Ve ist ein equal-oportunity genocider. The added difference here is that, whereas in another episode, the bigot is one of the characters Cartman in this episode, the bigot is the narrator , the demiurg who created the stereotypical French and made them conform to the surrender trope.
Jane — I agree that, on paper, history as taught in the U. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out that stereotypes and tropes even pervade with cultured people. I had this American friend, an extremely cultured fellow and a delightful conversationist. Which comes to prove that even intelligent people get affected by propaganda. Wayne, once again make fun of the French all you want. But lay off the coward meme. It is particularly offensive and unfair since 2 million Frenchmen died on battlefields all over the world this pas century. An entire generation of American people is now growing up associating the French people as a whole with cowardice.
It does hurt otherwise pro-American French people. That shit needs to stop now.
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I also know that schools are a lot better in Iowa than they are in Texas, better in Oregon than in Alabama. Additionally, I think that American schools do a rather poor job in teaching students how to learn once they leave the system. A lot of this is due to an environment where tired workers come home and do nothing but watch the TV.
You raise some good points and I agree with you, but if the student pays attention in school, or reads the history books, they will have a decent general knowledge of history. Canadians, and Americans have scored on average the same standardized tests scores. And the average IQ of both countries is almost identical.
Jane Yes, the student needs to read on his own. Also, standardized tests gear more to reading and math at least in the South and are not signs of the activity of researching outside of the school environment. My mother made me memorize Shakspeare and read fifty books per year. Well, students who have a particular fondness towards Literature classes and History classes will absorb more of what is taught, such as Shakespeare, and other things. It is not common practice in American homes to memorize Voltaire, Shakespeare and Plato, but is it in France? In school we had to read at least an hour a night and get it checked off by our parents, I did miserably in this because I hated being told how long I had to read, even though I read many books.
There are more standardized tests that deal with Math and Reading, they are the two subjects that get the most funding by the State. But their are also standardized tests in science, and history. But keep in mind education differs from state to state, emphasis on certain subjects in one state may not be the case in other states.
The two main standardized tests to get into college in the US are the SATs, which focus on reading, writing, and math and the ACTs, which focus on all subjects. Mom made me go to the library every two weeks and get three books. It was lousey to walk a mile each way in ice or plus degreeweather. I also preferred to get our and play football American. I believe that this is more of a problem in the South that it is in the North or West.
Heavens, in the US we only have to learn one language and we have real problems mastering one! I do like to see that Spanish is now making inroads in the South. I agree with you with well-rounded education, most of school is preparations for tests, and more tests, whether it be standardized or other. Of course the Republicans are against this. They must keep their sheep as sheltered to the outside world as possible.
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Barney you keep making repliess to my comments like: Or where I have made fun of the french for anything except taking all this crap a little too serious. This is a case of you judging me for someone else has done. Wayne, you keep criticizing us for taking this too seriously. I think we have explained our reasons enough. I must live in a different USA than the one you are talking about. I did see something about the French on the news today. I just thought you find it interesting. More garbage on reddit despite a great video link, I think I lost my cool….
After all, why reason with French-Bashers, who have the IQ of a soggy water biscuit? You were completely right. Being nice and polite with those people do not accomplish much if anything at all. Sense of humor my ass. The least bit of criticism of America from French people sends them into a rage.
These bashers are the worst kind of hypocrites. If the roles were reversed, if they were constantly the butt of jokes trivializing the sacrifices and deaths of their soldiers not only would they not be laughing along but they would send us death threats and would do anything in their power to stop us. Barney — I second the forum thing. Astounding, looks like their young ladies are no less bloodthirsty than their men….
Second of all I will argue that fat and stupid are nowhere near as offensive as the mocking of our dead and the complete revision of history that those surrender jokes imply. And do we really have to compare the offensiveness of our respective dissing?? I have seen absolutely rude situations where a few Americans will be confrontational. The problem is that only a few fellow southerners will confront this rude ignorance. I must tell you, though, I have seen especially southerners rude to all non-English world persons, regardless of nationality.
Over time, with a lot of education, hopefully this will improve. If so, I want to tell you a story about the Brits in and earlier American History you will not believe. Let me check more into this first. In the mean time, watch this trailer and tell me if you can who made it. Actually, that line makes sense because it is in character. Gandolfini is play an arrogant bullish american officer, so the line about France makes sense within that frame. Seems like a mildly interesting movie. Am too busy right now, but I want to blog about a French history show that was on the radio a couple of days ago.
The clip you showed portrays a hard ass US military officer. His put down of France is typical of the mind set he represents. Southpark reinforces the meme. You can have a show with Hitler saying Jews are greedy, or you can have a show with a greedy Jewish character. See what I mean?