anglophilia

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So this is my latest on-screen crush. She’s British, she’s a journalist and she’s talking of nothing but games games games… oh, and she’s definitely not an eyesore. What more can an anglophile, sapiosexual, nerdy guy ask for?

Just as some women are inexplicably attracted to prison inmates, so others yearn above all for Englishmen, with their thrilling accents, rumpled boyish hair, and ability to make even pointless banalities sound like brilliant repartee. Find one of those, you think, and you will never be lost for conversation.
—  Sarah Lyall, The Anglo Files

I think that self-described anglophiles often have a very limited view of England. They see certain TV shows that are imported into the US and declare that British TV is superior to American TV because they don’t know about Coronation Street or Hollyoaks or East Enders (lol apologies to any followers who may love those soaps. I just wanted to point out that not everything in the UK is super high quality dramas.) They don’t know that Big Brother is pretty huge over there (lol or maybe that was just my group of friends? But like everyone talked about it). They don’t know that I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is in its TWELVETH SERIES.

So they call themselves anglophiles but they have a very limited picture of what England is ACTUALLY like. It’d be like if people just saw Mad Men and Homeland and a few others of our best dramas and then just assumed that American TV was AMAZING.

No. Stop. It’s not. Both American and British TV have their great shows and their shitty shows. Stop pretending that one is better than the other.

The other issue I have with anglophiles is that they tend to have a very rich, white view of England. And it seems to be pretty London focused. I mean,  I’m one to talk because I love London and both times I lived in the UK, I rarely left London. But London is only a part of the UK. A lot of Anglophiles ignore northern England or the more rural parts of the South. So it’s odd to call yourself an anglophile when you only love a small part of England.

And then even within London itself, all the anglophiles that I’ve encountered seem to ignore the diversity in London. Their view of England and London seems to be very white when in reality there are large communities of different cultures from around the world. And it really bothers me that most people’s anglophilia is SO white when England itself isn’t. Same goes for class, tbh. You don’t really see people super intersted in the council estates of London or the working class members of society.

So I guess, the shorter version is that it is weird to me that someone wold call themselves an anglophile (implying that they love England as a whole) when they have such SMALL picture of the kind of place that England actually is and they don’t seem to care about the other parts. It’s like calling yourself and America-phile when really you just mean that you watch Gossip Girl and The Hills and love New York and LA.

daizette  asked:

I don't get it - what do you have against Anglophiles?

sorry it took me so long to reply, been unusually busy this week between job interviews and kpop

basically think about how annoying embarrassing weeaboos are and apply that to a country you actually live in, plus the fact that tumblr is rife with anglophilia

I’ll try to be clear, it’s not a bad thing to have an interest in England or Britain or the UK (or any other country), it just becomes a point of irritation when you try to make that interest some weird stand-in for your identity. when I complain about anglophiles I’m talking about the kind of people who say things like “I’m British at heart” or lament about not being born British or insist British people go about their lives in a superior fashion. I know not all anglophiles do that, but then by my personal definition, they wouldn’t be an anglophile, haha. if you’ve ever thought “I’d like to visit Britain” then don’t worry, I’m not judging anyone for that

I also can’t stand anyone who has any kind of bizarre fond nostalgia for British Imperialism and the biggest anglophiles have a tendency to be like that, though it’s not restricted to anglophiles alone of course. but really anyone who defends colonialism and imperialism to any degree will be judged by me, regardless of whatever -philia they happen to subscribe to

but yeah besides that the simple answers are essentially They Are Annoying and Everywhere and It’s Weird and Occasionally Irritating to Have My Existence Strangely Fetishised On a Regular Basis

(actually I personally experience that second aspect a lot worse from people obsessed with Ireland/Irish people, but I’ll save that for another time)

anyway, most of the time I just find anglophiles funny, it only really grates on me when I run into the history-excusing type as I mentioned above. so all the tumblrites out there buying Tardis teapots and draping themselves in Union flags and instagramming beans on toast can keep on keepin’ on despite my judgmental gaze, I won’t try to stop them, I’ll just be shaking my head at the camera in the corner