Sunday, 13 January 2008

On the American moral standard

What's the difference between British Airways and American Airlines?

1. On American, the drinks cost $5 or £3, and they look at you a little funny when you ask for the wine. On British, they're free, and they look at you a little funny when you decline the wine.

2. On American, even the Simpsons Movie is censored, Bart's humorously revealed squiggle covered by a "European Version Only" rectangle (presumably the context-aware American cut of the film, not exclusively American Airlines' decision, but still). On British, you'd best stick to the kids section if you want to avoid nudity.

Until having more of the outsider's perspective, the American moral (double) standard was just a fact of life. Nowadays it's starting to get to me. I must be Europeanising: I live in a country where handgun ownership is illegal, smoking in bars is banned, and the government knows every underground station I pass through, but I feel oppressed by American Airlines. These are strange times we live in, indeed.


At 15 January 2008 17:51 , Blogger Cellar Door said...

It drives me crazy. Teaching a high school class, I showed "An Inconvenient Truth" and had students apply it to their lives, coming up with ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Another teacher (not the principal, thank god) told me I had to show another movie as well, as an alternate viewpoint. I can't recall the name, but it was some sort of horrific global-warming-is-a-left-wing-conspiracy sort of thing. I didn't show the alternate movie.

At another school, I was forbidden to show the Simpson's Halloween special where they reinact "The Raven"- even though they recite Poe's version word for word. Why? Because some parents were offended by the content of other Simpson's episodes.


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