Sunday 28 September 2008 12.00pm
jackie rokotnitz wrote:
I dont think I ever SAID "stupid shallow merkins", it was just an extrapolation by our friend markadams. It's not the sort of thing I WOULD say. Such generalisations are entirely contrary to my philosphy, and are indeed in and of themselves utterly shallow. Methinks the words "pot" and "kettle" come to mind.
Well... you did say "those dumb merkins" (28 Aug) and then "American politics ARE nasty.In fact I guess all politics are pretty nasty. But what depresses me is that people are so shallow and stupid" (2 Sept).
But look, the US election isn't all about YOU, or Mark Adams. And for heaven's sake, Stephen Fry wasn't writing about YOU personally, so the fact that you may understand America doesn't defeat his generalisation. Any more than the fact that the Professor is not a "dumb merkin" defeats your own generalisation.