anddiamssemicolon: (Default)
anddiamssemicolon ([personal profile] anddiamssemicolon) wrote in [community profile] ffawiki_backup2016-08-15 06:20 pm

British Fetishization Wank

On June 12, 2013, a British nonnie (or so they said) complained about other people fetishizing fetishising Brits, British culture, and especially British men, whom nonnie has always found "particularly unattractive."

Theories abounded: People like British actors because they're taught formally to act and they don't have perfect teeth. Also, Americans love all British accents, mainly because "most American accents are grating." And one nonny declared "Britaboos" to be better than "Americaboos." Also, the important question was asked: "But is it cultural appropriation?"

Then there was this reply:

"Oh, get over it. If you are going to produce interesting shows and books, people are going to find the things that are different from home fascinating and exotic. If you find your own men unattractive you are probably fetishizing some other country's men. It's all harmless, so you might as well not get in a twist about it."

The OP responded with a kind of humblebrag.

Because most of the UK was asleep at the start of this wank, it quickly grew side threads about Swedes (here, here, and here); Canadians (here and here); US state-wank; and the soul-crushing dreadfulness of Dutch television. There were also a call for more-original countrywank, a juvenile reference to "fag butts," and the requisite Monty Python "Argument Clinic" subthread.

Despite best efforts at fetishizing various regions/cultures/groups, this wank was deemed a failure as "proper" countrywank by multiple nonnies, one of whom explained:

Dear Mr. Skarsgård,

We accept that we had to sacrifice a whole night in meme to sub-par countrywank. But we think you're crazy for making us write comments telling you what cultures we like to appropriate. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found is that each one of us is a britaboo, an oppressive American, a Swedish Chef, a velociraptor, and a city that probably looks like either Vancouver or Toronto.

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,
The Fetishizing Club