I think that self-described anglophiles often have a very limited view of England. They see certain TV shows that are imported into the US and declare that British TV is superior to American TV because they don’t know about Coronation Street or Hollyoaks or East Enders (lol apologies to any followers who may love those soaps. I just wanted to point out that not everything in the UK is super high quality dramas.) They don’t know that Big Brother is pretty huge over there (lol or maybe that was just my group of friends? But like everyone talked about it). They don’t know that I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is in its TWELVETH SERIES.
So they call themselves anglophiles but they have a very limited picture of what England is ACTUALLY like. It’d be like if people just saw Mad Men and Homeland and a few others of our best dramas and then just assumed that American TV was AMAZING.
No. Stop. It’s not. Both American and British TV have their great shows and their shitty shows. Stop pretending that one is better than the other.
The other issue I have with anglophiles is that they tend to have a very rich, white view of England. And it seems to be pretty London focused. I mean, I’m one to talk because I love London and both times I lived in the UK, I rarely left London. But London is only a part of the UK. A lot of Anglophiles ignore northern England or the more rural parts of the South. So it’s odd to call yourself an anglophile when you only love a small part of England.
And then even within London itself, all the anglophiles that I’ve encountered seem to ignore the diversity in London. Their view of England and London seems to be very white when in reality there are large communities of different cultures from around the world. And it really bothers me that most people’s anglophilia is SO white when England itself isn’t. Same goes for class, tbh. You don’t really see people super intersted in the council estates of London or the working class members of society.
So I guess, the shorter version is that it is weird to me that someone wold call themselves an anglophile (implying that they love England as a whole) when they have such SMALL picture of the kind of place that England actually is and they don’t seem to care about the other parts. It’s like calling yourself and America-phile when really you just mean that you watch Gossip Girl and The Hills and love New York and LA.