Also TBH it was weird that during the weird jingoistic, nationalistic post-9/11 fervor of the Bush Regime, that in among all the xenophobia and racism and fascist policy, there was also such a strong Anti-French sentiment in America. Like, there was a time when the right-wingers would photoshop a beret on just about anyone they thought was unpatriotic (which was anyone who even leaned left politically). The movie “Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” really only made sense with the social context that “snobbish gay Frenchman” was a republican-created strawman intended to associate progressive politics with elitism and lack of patriotism