All lesbians are hairy, boilersuit wearing, harridans.
Germans have no sense of humour, the French don't wash, the British have bad teeth (but great sweets) and Americans are fat and stoopid.
Oh and gamers....
Well if you are a Greek gamer the chances are that you are a Nazi... an introverted Nazi, who only goes out to talk with friends (Nazis) in cafes or houses, doesn't watch football or television, listens to foreign rock music and they are Nazis. Oh and did I mention that they are Nazis.
Well at least according to the article highlighted by 122nd Cadian blog, they are.
Daily Mail readers may well smell a rat... if the bankrupt Greeks can't get reparations out of the Germans, maybe, if they can get the epithet to stick, they can get money out of the enemy within and there minis will be confiscated and sold on ebay to keep the country in the Euro... well maybe not... but this resort to Godwin's law by the mainstream media is frankly silly.
And I realise that we have to allow for elements lost in translation...
"A large percentage of their population compared with their average number (5 out of the 15 interviewees) had some racist and xenophobic ideas and had been involved with the study of Nazi texts, including "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler."
Now excuse me... but a 'journalist' toddles along to 40k tournament to write an article on gamers. After a few polite questions about what is going on, did they paint the figures, how long have you played, they then ask if they have read Mein Kampf?
I've read two pages of Mein Kampf, and a couple of pages of Das Kapital, which makes me a liberal no doubt, and as a liberal I wonder about the racial views which follow...
"George, a mulatto (from a Greek father and a mother from impoverished Louisiana), one of the most intelligent and sincere kids we met, following the question if the game is "a bit" racist he replied: "It's very racist and in America (US) many gamers identify themselves with that racism. Moreover, Black Templars, that have the Iron Cross as a sign and their colours are black, white and red, are clearly Nazis""
Mulatto? Better not use words like that in the Premier League.... not that gamers watch football... but then better not tell the 'journalist' (or FIFA) that the Maltese football team have this same 'iron cross' on their badge because it is not the 'iron cross', it the cross of the Knight's Templar.... the clue is in the name... George might be intelligent and sincere, but he is not perhaps that reliable when it comes to indentifying Nazis (though no doubt this is evidence of Islamophobia).
But let's be fair to the piss poor 'journalist' 40k is extremely racist, as is Warhammer fantasy.
I can think of a number of races that I would like to commit genocide upon. And I am perfectly comfortable in expressing my racism - perhaps encouraged by reading two pages of Mein Kampf when I was 14 and studying the rise of Hitler for O level - that there are sub Ork/Ogre races... Eldar have proportionately smaller barians you know... and Skaven are just vermin, pure filfth and deserve to be wiped out....
I guess it remains to be seen if this nonsense provokes the kind of hysteria that surrounded D&D back in the 1980's.
Will the communists and trade unions switch from rioting outside the Greek parliament and start targeting garage games of 40k?
Of course if it leads to people giving grief to the numpty Flames of War players who think it's clever to have Das Reich patches on their Battlefoam bag then maybe it will have achieved something.
I suppose this is what happens when you stop journalists hacking celebrity phones, and send them out to find stories...