Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Laughter on the tube? We can't have that!

More proof that the Brits have no sense of humor:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071126/tc_nm/britain_announcer_dc

Going past the usual "mind the gap," the voiceover artist who was recently sacked made comments such as these:

"We would like to remind our American tourist friends that you are almost certainly talking too loudly."

* "Would the passenger in the red shirt pretending to read the paper but who is actually staring at that woman's chest please stop. You are not fooling anyone, you filthy pervert."

* "Would passengers filling in answers on their Sudokus please accept that they are just crosswords for the unimaginative and are not in any way more impressive just because they contain numbers."

* "Here we are crammed again into a sweaty Tube carriage ... If you're female smile at the bloke next to you and make his day. He's probably not had sex for months."

Personally, having ridden the subways in New York all through college, I would have appreciated a bit of laughter. Not in England! Not allowed! If everyone in that country doesn't have a stick up their ass I don't know what's what.

Officially, she was fired because she said the tube (subway) was horrifying and she'd never ride it. So what's wrong with honesty? Apparently that's forbidden as well.

That fine country also made headlines in the past few months for lecturing a children's book author about fire safety - she had written about a fire-breathing dragon. Mind you, have you heard of any other kind of dragon, aside from Puff the Magic Dragon? I always felt that Puff probably envied the other dragons for their fire-breathing abilities and evil attributes...meanwhile, in Britain, his name is a slur for homosexual.

I have e-mailed my American friend who has lived in England for the past decade, asking whether it's still legal to laugh in her adopted country. I thought I heard snickering, but I can't be sure.

6 comments:

Jessica Foster said...

I wonder what the proper English types would thing of me? I'd surely offend! :)

Darth Weasel said...

I am thinking the "mind the gap" refers to the distance between reasonableness and expectations. Just saying...

Chella and Sarah said...

it's true, we are not allowed to laugh over here.

This is why irony has flourished.

Personally, I think the tube announcers need to take a leaf out of the MTAs book, as reported on Overheard in New York.

jrwoodchuckette said...

Hey Chella and Sarah! How sad. Shall I send some laughing gas? :)

JLee said...

Shame on them! They need more Benny Hill. ha

Leslie said...

I listened to the messages on her web site. What a treat! I'm thinking it was the message reminding London dwellers that their city is a sh*thole is the one that got her fired.