OH BOY

Oct. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm
orm: (POINTY ADVICE DOG: colin)
I just got reminded today that it's THAT TIME AGAIN

That's right, it's less than a month until Bonfire Night, which means it's time for me to grumble about it.

If you are new around here, you may be unaware of how I feel about Bonfire Night – more specifically, how I feel about Americans making a big deal out of Bonfire Night. My feelings on this matter are really quite strong, and can more or less be summed up thus:

Don't fucking do it if you do do it I will come across the Atlantic Ocean to your house and make you eat your own raw fingers

Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night/wev was originally a government-enforced obligatory commemoration that appropriated some of the existing customs of Samhain for the purpose of anti-Catholic, pro-monarchy propaganda. It is about rejoicing in the failure of a group of marginalised people to overturn a status quo that treated them like second-class citizens, and about celebrating the fact that England still has a monarchy. Admittedly they were totally 17th century terrorists and I do not condone blowing people up, but the fact that the way they were going about their stuff was not that great does not make this celebration in any way admirable. Bonfire Night is basically a big monarchical Protestant gloat and was introduced to encourage the further demonising of Catholicism at a time when Catholics were having a really shitty time of it already.

Don't get me wrong, I love fireworks, but the USA totally already has its own awesome fireworks holiday and it is about NOT having a monarchy, you lucky fuckers. Isn't that good enough for you? ffs.

My intention is of course to dissuade any of the Americans reading this from making any totally awesome pretentious anglophilic plans to have a party commemorating the oppression of people in another country four hundred years ago because they totally love V for Vendetta lol!

but if not I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.

ARE WE CLEAR

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