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Flying With the Germans

In Anglo-German Relations on May 11, 2016 at 09:00

It seems nowadays that it is accepted to poke fun at the English as this ad from Lufthansa shows.

Two guys need to re-arrange their air travel and are booked on a Lufthansa flight which leads one to exclaim

“We’re flying with the Germans?!”

His voice and face tell of his dismay. This is aggravated as he falls asleep during the flight and has a nightmare of an Oompa Band playing, cuckoo watches and sausages and beer served by a lady who isn’t particularly friendly. On top of that there is a little lad in a German football shirt. He mocks the English by pointing to the four stars on the above the crest. It turns out to be a bad dream for the Englishman. Of course, there is a hook to all this. It is naturally the little lad still pointing to the four stars serving as a reminder for the English who is the more successful team.

Previously it was the English making fun of the Germans and possibly they still do. The advert ends with the slogan,

Lufthansa, fly like a world champion

adding more salt to English wounds. It is indeed humourous and surely humour of the sort even the English could laugh at. On top of that, the Germans have learned how to be funny without appearing ridiculous. It hasn’t always been like that. Admittedly, the Germans had a tough stance to react upon what the English threw at them what they considered humour. Think of Three Lions by Baddiel and Skinner. In the video all Germans wore shirts with Kuntz on the back. What can you do about that when you’re the target of such kind of black humour? Nothing. There are more examples from 1996. Remember the Daily Mirror? Gazza and Psycho wearing tin helmets? Nuff said.

The humour of 2016 is tame in comparison with 1996 but has become far more sophisticated. And even the Germans have learned how to be funny.


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