May 19th, 2004


Pot/Kettle/Black - you know this one

Oh me. This is too delicious...The irony, the irony.

Hitchens, quoted in Andrew Sullivan, on Michael Moore:
: "But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities."

This is, after all, a charming effete fop with an interest in alcohol who has become the house ex-lefty of a lot of American right-wingers who think that all European intellectuals are self-hating, effete wits. He also fails to understand that Michael Moore is a deal cannier than he lets himself comes across - I don't think Hitchens appreciates film grammar enough to see that Moore always does a very slick job under the mask of being a rube and a boob.

And one of the biggest ironies of all is that one of the standard accusations of various sorts of American against Brits with RP is that we are snobs. And Hitchens' contempt for the actuallly quite effective Moore derives, like his hatred of Clinton, in part from snobbery and envy.