Monday, June 07, 2004

Crashing the Anti-American Demonstration in Paris

When, on the eve of the anniversary of the Normandy landings, an anti-American demonstration saunters throught the streets of the capital of "America's first friend in the world," what's a disgruntled blogger to do? Specifically, how would a Danish-American blogger react, especially if he's accompanied by a German-American blogger and three French comrades-in-arms?

How about waiting until the photographers and cameramen are ready to snap away at the grumpy bigwigs at the front of the procession, whipping out Old Glory and a sign saying "Sometimes the cowboy is right" (and "We are all Americans" on the other side), jumping in front of their lenses, and breaking out in (patriotic) song?

(Photos by Medienkritik's Ray)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
"High five, pinko!""Bon, ça suffit comme ça, Monsieur!"
Security guy: "J'emmène l'Américain. … Non, il est plutôt docile, il a pas l'air dangereux."
L'Américain: "…Above the fruited plain!"
Far from the Madding Crowd
Checkpoint Charlie: the handover"Non, Monsieur. You are not under arrest.
Zis is for your own good."
A final gesture of defiance

Watch the video (sound not too good)

The aftermath