Is This A British Thing?

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  • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
    I'm sure people do this all over the world.

    Adele was frustrated to be cut off after just 12 seconds because the programme was running overtime.

    No idea who the other person even is. But that seems more like a 'look at me aren't I cool/bad/whatever they say these days' type of thing. Answer is No.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    The "other person" is the one that did it during the super bowl 1/2 time show.
    A real work of art,these "artists" are nowadays.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I think it's more of an ego thing than a British thing.

      Like, I am so popular with thousands of fans and you want to take away from me?

      Take this! <Up goes middle finger>

      I think it's getting harder and harder to find real class in the entertainment industry these days and it's a shame because so many of them are idols to our youth.

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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Respectfully, they should know better but it is not solely a "British thing" as legendary American singer Johnny Cash shows you in emphatic style many years before these two did it.



        In fact if you're interested in it's origins and you want someone to blame, it's the ancient Greeks that need a good talking to...

        Origin of flipping the bird.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
          That's the highlight of The Brits?

          I'm glad I switched off at the start then...


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          • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
            Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

            That's the highlight of The Brits?

            I'm glad I switched off at the start then...


            Daniel
            Nah, that was the "lowlight" of it.

            Sadly people tend to focus on the negatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author skagenweb
    Well, if it was a REAL british thing, it would be TWO fingers up.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by skagenweb View Post

      Well, if it was a REAL british thing, it would be TWO fingers up.
      Now, I understand what the problem was. Maybe the British should stop trying imitate American accents.
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      • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
        Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

        Now, I understand what the problem was. Maybe the British should stop trying imitate American accents.
        What do you mean by this bit TB?

        Both of them are from London and both sound as if they are from London.

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  • Profile picture of the author KateOranum
    That is - what I wanted to say as well! nn
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  • Profile picture of the author bailbondsguys
    Flipping the bird doesn't particularly bother me but I think it's untasteful for an artist to flip off their fans like M.I.A. did at the Super Bowl. Johnny Cash was known as a kind of outlaw musician and openly criticized law enforcement and government however his gesture was not intended towards his fans. Flip off the people you hate, don't flip off the people that you are performing for.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelukjaniec
    This event seems to have a history of disasters, probably because they all believe their own publicity and live in cloud cuckoo land!
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    Hmm. Before all of these recent awards shows, after hearing many of Adele's tunes on my Internet music station and replaying them over and over again because I enjoy her style, I became a big fan and have promoted her music.

    But now? Where is the need for any kind of a rude gesture? ESPECIALLY when you are being acknowledged for your achievement!

    Sad.

    For me, Adele's style and class just tumbled into the basement.

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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by GT View Post

      Hmm. Before all of these recent awards shows, after hearing many of Adele's tunes on my Internet music station and replaying them over and over again because I enjoy her style, I became a big fan and have promoted her music.

      But now? Where is the need for any kind of a rude gesture? ESPECIALLY when you are being acknowledged for your achievement!

      Sad.

      For me, Adele's style and class just tumbled into the basement.

      GT
      She was rude to do it but as soon as she said "thank you", the bosses were telling James Corden to cut her off as they were out of time. No excuse but the rude sign was for the producers who didn't want her to say all her thank you's, it wasn't for the fans. That was established very quickly.

      No need for it though I agree.

      Thunderbird - Now, I understand what the problem was. Maybe the British should stop trying imitate American accents.
      Yeah I know, it's awful. Me and my whole family, friends, and everyone here is always trying to talk Americanese. Same with the Scots and the Welsh and everyone here, even my dogs bark with an American accent. :rolleyes:

      ...don't forget either, the ancient Greeks invented flipping the bird.

      So where are these people imitating Americans exactly? I don't get that at all :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

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        ...don't forget either, the ancient Greeks invented flipping the bird.

        So where are these people imitating Americans exactly? I don't get that at all :confused:
        Americans invented the ancient Greeks, didn't you know that. You really need to watch some Hollywood movies. Could it be those British performers got the accent wrong and were trying to say hello in American?
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Seems to me American celebs are trying to sound British these days. Johnny Depp, Madonna etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by bravo75 View Post

      Seems to me American celebs are trying to sound British these days. Johnny Depp, Madonna etc.
      They're not trying to sound British. Americans would never do that. They are reinventing the British accent, following the path of Dick Van Dyke who reinvented the Cockney accent in Mary Poppins circa 1964.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Bradley
        Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

        They're not trying to sound British. Americans would never do that. They are reinventing the British accent, following the path of Dick Van Dyke who reinvented the Cockney accent in Mary Poppins circa 1964.
        Think you mean re-defining.Accents aren't an invention.
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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by Mark Bradley View Post

          Think you mean re-defining.Accents aren't an invention.
          They can be...when they don't resemble that which they're purported to represent.

          "She said, 'That doesn't look like me.' Picasso replied, 'It will.'"
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          • Profile picture of the author Mark Bradley
            Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

            They can be...when they don't resemble that which they're purported to represent.

            "She said, 'That doesn't look like me.' Picasso replied, 'It will.'"

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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

        Americans invented the ancient Greeks, didn't you know that. You really need to watch some Hollywood movies. Could it be those British performers got the accent wrong and were trying to say hello in American?
        Yeah, you must be right, thanks for clearing that up for me.

        I keep forgetting these Hollywood films are factual historical accounts. I believe Adam and Eve were American too? I just saw the three musketeers and apparently D'artagnan and his Dad were both imitating American accents, in 17th century France would you believe? And there was me thinking they spoke French!!!!! So glad I cleared that up, now I know why they look at me all weird in Paris when I speak French to them.

        I like your sense of humour, very funny indeed. By the way, Dick Van Dyke didn't reinvent Cockney, as a cockney myself, it was a bloody awful attempt. In fact it just sounded, er, American to me.

        Robin Hood was even imitating Americans too.

        Blunderbird, you are so right my friend. I must stay in and watch more films. :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Chris Worner View Post

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      Aussies speak American too, don't they Chris?

      I reckon you have too much time on your hands mate.
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