Zut alors! The popular British cartoon and television series “Mr. Men” has come up with a malodorous Mr. Rude who speaks with a bad French accent.
“Pardon me,” says Mr. Rude in comedy Franglais as he breaks wind when his finger is pulled on a game played on the television show’s website www.mrmen.com.
“Ohhh, don’t seem so surpriiised,” Mr Rude exclaims when loud noises and a noxious-looking gas erupt from his behind. “I’ll geeve you rude,” he tells children as he blows a raspberry in a promotion for the new series which will run on British television on February 25.
The French embassy in London declined to comment to Reuters on whether the coarse Mr. Men character, the only one on the show with a foreign accent, would offend.
But a source at the embassy told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that this kind of humor won’t go any distance toward easing a centuries-old rivalry between the two nations.