The Brexit referendum across The Pond has the undergarments of many pundits in a twist on this side of The Pond. Andy Borowitz has the best take of any commentators thus far. A majority of the Brits are Anglo-Dumbos (or likely Teabaggers) and Borowitz salutes their crushing stupidity. If this is a (fair & balanced) manifestation of our special relationship, so be it.
(Note: at the conclusion of the Borowitz essay, the editors of The New Yorker supplied a compendium of links to essays about Brexit: "For more on Brexit, you can read Anthony Lane on the run-up, John Cassidy on what happens next, Amy Davidson on the implications for Trump, Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the consequences for liberalism, and Ed Caeser on the vote in the M.P. Jo Cox’s district. Or you can look at Kim Warp’s cartoon and Barry Blitt’s new cover.")
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British Lose Right To Claim That Americans Are Dumber
By Andy Borowitz
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Across the United Kingdom on Friday, Britons mourned their long-cherished right to claim that Americans were significantly dumber than they are.
Luxuriating in the superiority of their intellect over Americans’ has long been a favorite pastime in Britain, surpassing in popularity such games as cricket, darts, and snooker.
But, according to Alistair Dorrinson, a pub owner in North London, British voters have done irreparable damage to the “most enjoyable sport this nation has ever known: namely, treating Americans like idiots.”
“When our countrymen cast their votes yesterday, they didn’t realize they were destroying the most precious leisure activity this nation has ever known,” he said. “Wankers.”
In the face of this startling display of national idiocy, Dorrinson still mustered some of the resilience for which the British people are known. “This is a dark day,” he said. “But I hold out hope that, come November, Americans could become dumber than us once more.” Ω
[Andy Borowitz is the creator the "Borowitz Report," a Web site that is a lot funnier than the stuff posted by Matt Drudge and his ilk. Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker. He is the first winner of the National Press Club's humor award and has won seven Dot-Comedy Awards for his web site. His most recent book (and Amazon's Best Kindle Single of the Year) is An Unexpected Twist (2012). Borowitz received a BA (English magna cum laude)from Harvard University.]
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