April 18, 2004

We're sorry...

Posted by shonk at 03:47 AM in What the Fuck? | TrackBack


Seemingly innocuous care instructions on a computer sleeve, until you read the part in French more carefully. The last three lines say:

Nous sommes desoles que notre president soit un idiot. Nous n’avons pas vote pour lui.

Which translates to:

We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We did not vote for him.

I don’t know what’s funnier, the apparent appeal to French sanity or the fact that there are plenty of Americans (see linked post) who are so pleased to have their prejudices validated that they’re willing to spend their money on bags they don’t need just because the bags come equipped with a derogatory reference to the president written in French.

If you’re interested, t-shirts are also available. If you follow the link, you’ll note that the manufacturer is claiming that the whole thing was a joke on the company president, not a criticism of Bush. Now who here actually believes that?


What makes the message even more pointless as a political statement is the fact that as far as I know the main reason that product info. for items sold in North America are written in French is not for the benefit of customers in France but rather for customers in Quebec. Of course the manufacturers know their circulation better than I, so maybe they do have a large market in France, but I suspect that their appeal in this case is really to American students who quite rightfully hanker for the moderate, functional, stable French political system.

Posted by: Curt at April 18, 2004 04:37 PM