Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, August 05, 2011

BRITISH SELF ESTEEM

Is it possible that the British have greater self esteem than those of us in the United States? I watch movies made in the UK and see very normal people as actors. They have skin blemishes and muffin tops and don't have their breasts hanging out all over the place. They do not look like they all just popped out of Barbie and Ken molds and they can actually act. I much prefer their shows these days to our own. Why can't we use regular people in our movies and television and give our children a chance to realize they look normal instead of giving them inferiority complexes and the desire for tons of plastic surgery and enhancements?

16 comments:

  1. I don't know if it's a self-esteem issue because the Brits are having some serious government problems, but they sure can put together programs with serious character actors speaking in intelligent, witty dialog. I'm a fan of the Canadian programs as well. Much more realistic.

    I think the USA is too caught up with big-boobed blonde bombshells and potty humor. I don't advocate
    censorship, but a little variety would be nice on this side of the pond.

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  2. I know - and their teeth aren't all veneered and blindingly white. I notice that when I was watching the dvds of Monarch of the Glen. (Loved that series.)

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  3. There certainly is a cultural difference. The Brits don't have to try as hard to be accepted - they've been here forever, whereas the Americans are the new kids on the block (historically speaking) and are still trying to get noticed. We Canadians are more closely aligned with the Brits in some ways although a lot of the US rubs off on us too because we're so close to them. Does this make any sense at all? Just my humble opinion.

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  4. I whole heartedly agree. I love watching the BBC channel when I do watch TV. I do not watch alot of TV as I prefer to stick my nose in books.

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  5. I agree!! That's why I love the Sat. night lineup on PBS - all from GB.

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  6. I think it's one of the few things Brits do well. Films and tv. But I wouldn't say we have greater self esteem due to the appalling gutter press that love nothing more than highlighting muffin tops and blemished skin on celebrities.

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  7. I could be an actress then - good idea.

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  8. Amen, sister! I love it that their films have people who look like people. Although they also have Helen Mirren and Elizabeth Hurley.

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  9. cube – Really all foreign films and movies do a better job of making films these days than the U.S. And while I don’t advocate censorship either, I am watching some movies on AMC and really enjoying the bleeped out bad language. It didn’t bother me so much a few years ago but it has gotten so bad that we’ll soon be hearing the f-word on the evening news as they give a live demonstration on how to insert a tampon.

    Lynn – Yea, no “little mermaid” teeth for everyone. LOL

    Pat MacKenzie – Oh I do love this country but you are so right about our youth. It is so obvious we are not yet grown ups (historically speaking). I just wish we could be making a better impression around the globe. Hollywood and our politicians (basically the same) are playing with the lives of everyone as if we are their toys.

    Bonnie – I believe a lot of us are following your example. It is much more refreshing to pick up a good book than to sit forever clicking the remote and finding nothing to watch on hundreds of channels..

    kenju – If only they were still making AS TIME GOES BY and if only we could get new episodes of KEEPING UP APPEARANCES.

    LL Cool Joe – I was hoping you would check in here. I’m curious about the “gutter press”. Do they spend time criticizing your actors? I guess we all have our own gutter press who devote way too much time to Hollywood.

    Chatty Crone – Maybe we could star together in a new Hollywood release. LOL

    Mountain Mama – Thanks.

    Riot Kitty – Yes we are gobbling up some of their best and smearing them with war paint and squashing them with spanx. But I’m pretty sure Judi Dench will always be Judi Dench and hopefully the same for Michael Kitchen (Oh I love that guy). My other favorite British men are Idris Elba and Jason Statham.

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  10. I also prefer people/entertainers who don't look as though they are made of plastic and silicone. That's one of the reasons I'm nostalgic for music videos of the early 1980's; musicians were still used to being heard and not seen and a lot of them looked very human. Now musicians and movie stars alike look completely artificial, for the most part.

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  11. I watch BBC all the time
    you're absolutely right

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  12. I hadn't thought about it before, but I think you are right.

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  13. About the Finding Amy post... I just put it up after my friend Pat suggested it. I didn't know Amy and I haven't heard what happened to her. The same time I posted about Amy, there was a missing young mother in my neck of the woods. They have already solved that case. Found her body cut up in pieces in a lake/pond in Texas. I sure hope Amy is found alive.

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  14. I agree! Though sometimes their humor is a little over the top for my tastes...

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  15. One of the things that I love about British TV and Movies is that everyone looks like they could be my next door neighbor. Even their nudes are not prettied up - or should we say they're not falsefied?!

    JamieDedes

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