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Old 07-03-2012, 02:26 PM
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Calling those impersonators 'actors' would be like calling me a brain surgeon. None of them look or sound anything like the people they're meant to be impersonating. Plus, it's just not funny. Maybe comedy isn't something at which the Chinese excel?
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:44 PM
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I agree EIIR. Not funny and definitely in bad taste. And no, I dont think the people involved know anything about comedy.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:50 PM
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Calling those impersonators 'actors' would be like calling me a brain surgeon. None of them look or sound anything like the people they're meant to be impersonating. Plus, it's just not funny. Maybe comedy isn't something at which the Chinese excel?
I suspect this was not written by a Chinese person.

Is no one here a Monty Python fan?
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:09 PM
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Is no one here a Monty Python fan?
I'm a huge Monty Python fan, but I didn't really see similarities.
This said, I did find this spoof somewhat amusing and not at all offensive.

However, I'm not British and it wasn't my royal family that was mocked.
Can't say how I would react if it were about Armenian President, although I'd probably be glad someone managed to find Armenia on the globe.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:05 PM
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Monty Python was before my time, but I do know they had such an impact on comedy worldwide that they're regarded as 'The Beatles' of comedy. They created some of the funniest comedy sketches of all time.

This advert doesn't make me think of Monty Python any more than Justin Bieber makes me think of Mozart.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:17 PM
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Monty Python was before my time [...] This advert doesn't make me think of Monty Python any more than Justin Bieber makes me think of Mozart.
:???: Can't have it both ways - either they were before your time and you don't know them - or you know them and this doesn't remind you of them. Which? They can't "not" remind you of someone you have never seen.

In fact - this is tame by Monty Python standards. They were pretty rude. I was never a fan of Monty Python - like many things one can't help being exposed - and from what I have seen over the years this definitely has their sensibility. I guess it's okay to skewer your own but dast those 'outsiders' who would do so?

What's surprising about it is the edgy reality with the back-and-forth between William and Kate. (And the Panda Eyes - Panda Cab - oh la! definitely a Kate send-up). The Queen, I admit, except for the hat, doesn't come close to being 'like her'. It's William and Kate that are being lampooned - which is why I think it's unlikely to have been someone Chinese who wrote this ad. Someone who has a pretty close understanding of the situation must have.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:27 PM
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:???: Can't have it both ways - either they were before your time and you don't know them - or you know them and this doesn't remind you of them. Which? They can't "not" remind you of someone you have never seen.
Monty Python was before my time, I never watched it when it came out but I sure as dammit know what Monty Python is and their style. I'm sure the same goes for EIIR.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:48 PM
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Exactly, Lumutqueen. I wasn't born when the Pythons were taking comedy by storm in the late '60s/early '70s. Some of their stuff is repeated on BBC from time to time, and I've seen a bit of Life of Brian. I'm a big football fan and when a team are really slaughtering the opposition their fans sing 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' to the opposition fans. I didn't realise until about 5 years ago where that song is from.

I've seen very little Monty Python but I'm not entirely culturally illiterate. I've heard of them and have some idea of what they did.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:58 PM
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kate willbe with william in scotland in july 5, is a event with tiaras?
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:01 AM
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I believe that's William's investiture as Knight of the Royal Thistle, and therefore won't be a tiara event.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:20 PM
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Are they serious? Im sorry but I find that insulting and in very bad taste. What is the reason for this mocking? What has the BRF done to China that warrants this offense? Or is it that whoever did this is just an idiot and has no class whatsoever?
Take it easy, they just using them as symbols to make story. Nothing against them really. Actually I like "Kate" most in the ad. She is the most funny and look-alike one.

Actually when Charles wrote those mocking diary of the Chinese leaders in HK handover, most Chinese people found it funny and in somewhat catching the point. Not a big deal really.
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I saw a picture a while back with the Duchess of Cambridge with David Walliams. I think he and Matt Lucas, along with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French are the funniest brits since Monty Python and Benny Hill. Although Jennifer Saunders turned down an OBE a few years ago. The D of C was asking him about the "Swim the Thames," He could not stress enough of how bad of an idea he thought it would be for her to do it.
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Rebecca English ‏@RE_DailyMail Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box Sunday to watch Murray final, sources tell me.William has 'prior private commitments' tho' #wimbledon

Rebecca English ‏@RE_DailyMail Buckingham Palace were unable to confirm at this stage, however, whether the Queen will also attend.

Rebecca English ‏@RE_DailyMail Kate is a huge fan of the tennis and watched Murray's historic semi final on tv. Wonder whether she will take on a formal roll at Wimbledon?
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Church and family dinner I imagine

The Duke of Kent will be there to accompany Catherine, if she attends. Also the dearest Rebecca might not know her stuff, she just mixed up The Duke of Kent and The Duke of Cambridge.
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Well, this will give me more incentive to watch the men's final. I'm rooting for Andy; Roger's won enough.
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Church and family dinner I imagine

The Duke of Kent will be there to accompany Catherine, if she attends. Also the dearest Rebecca might not know her stuff, she just mixed up The Duke of Kent and The Duke of Cambridge.

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He's always present, at least all the times I've watched the men's final, to award the men's trophy at Wimbledon.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:28 PM
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Waiting forward to the final.
Perhaps Wimbledon will finally have a British winner. Long overdue.

Such a pity Her Majesty will not be present; if Murrey does win, it would have been extra-special to have the trophy presented by his Head of State.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:46 PM
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I was sure the Queen would go given it's Jubilee and Olympic year, much as she is clearly not a lover of tennis. The whole country will stop on Sunday for this match. It's so painful to have invented the game and to play host to the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and never see a British winner.

Off topic again, sorry. I haven't seen much Benny Hill either, but its theme tune is just the best thing ever. Put this music to just about anything and it becomes hilarious. A true work of genius.

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EIIR and Artemisia, Virginia Wade was the last British winner of the women's Wimbledon championship back in 1977, but I know you're anxious to see a male winner this time! I watched that tournament and HM did present Virginia the trophy. A really thrilling win for Virginia and the country.
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