As you, dear reader, are probably aware – because I won’t shut up about it – the chap-hop superstar Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is currently gracing America’s shores. Here’s what he has to say about why many Americans seem drawn to things archaically English and chappish:
“It’s because they’re suckers for that particular type of Englishman. I say ‘suckers’, that’s a bad word. I mean it in a good way, obviously. But it’s an ongoing miscomprehension about Englishness which is quite handy for me. Most of the attention to England over here is about royalty and the royal baby and so on, about how we’re all gentlemen or peasants. It’s not so, of course, but I hope I can play on it.”
And if you really haven’t read enough about Mr B yet, my full interview with him – conducted in the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village, which is where in 1953 an almost equally distinguished British rhymer, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, drank himself to death – is here.
Advantage: US. Still.