- World Cup Warfare July 1
In a week when the U.S.'s ideological divisions were on open display, it's nice to know that everyone can still come together in the face of a common enemy. I am speaking, of course, of the reviled Belgians, who will face off against Team USA later today in their Group of 16 match in the World Cup. The chattering classes on Twitter were more than willing to vent their deep-seated anti-Belgian biases, including Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner:
I woke up today with a deep loathing for Belgium.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) July 1, 2014
But conservatives were hardly alone. Here is Vox's Zack Beauchamp (who has also contributed to The Week):
Belgium is a wonderful country, with delicious food and beer. But now it must be destroyed.— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) July 1, 2014
Corporations also got in on the act, most prominently Waffle House, which obviously had some explaining to do:
We don't believe in Belgium waffles— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014
Indeed, there was a lot of anti-waffle commentary:
True Fact: Belgian Waffles are made from the ground bones of orphans— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) July 1, 2014
Which led some to wonder where all this was going:
Americans Struggle To Remember Things Belgians Are Known For That They Can Mock— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 1, 2014
But fear not! The Daily Show's Dan Amira has all the data you need to hate Belgium properly:
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