Friday, October 3, 2008

David Beckham and the social grace of American culture

Here's an interesting story on David Beckham (the British soccer player). It recounts interesting cultural differences between his life back home in the UK and what he now faces in America. This statement in particular caught my attention:

Life in [America] is good for the ego, too. In the UK Beckham is ridiculed by the chattering classes and dismissed as a vulgarian. On television, he suffers the indignity of being portrayed as a halfwit by people like Alistair McGowan. But in the US, there is no class system. When Beckham opens his mouth (and Brits hear purest Essex) Americans think they’re talking to a cultured Englishman.

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