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Friday, July 2, 2010

Redcoats vs Rebels in Northern Ireland

James Rummel, over at Hell in a Handbasket, has a post about... well, it's a little complicated.

It turns out that there is an Ulster American Folk Park, some kind of a theme park where the theme is the USA. For the 4th of July this year, they're going to re-enact the War of 1812. Apparently there are also American Revolutionary War re-enactors in Ireland. And they're importing American re-enactors to play the part of British Redcoats.

So Americans are going to Ireland to play British Redcoats so Irish playing American colonials can pretend to shoot them in the War of 1812. To quote Hermione Granger, "Please don't ask me to say it again."

[CORRECTION: The Redcoats are being played by British re-enactors (see James's comment below, thanks!) This explains why they're re-enacting the War of 1812, the British re-enactors probably like to burn the White House every chance they get.]

My only comment was:

I once ran across the website of Ukrainian Vietnam War re-enactors. They dress up in US Army uniforms.
That's all I could manage. Archaeologists are going to dig this stuff up 4000 years from now and I don't know what they'll do.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you kindly for the link!

    Actually, the guy I mentioned that does redcoat reenactment is British. So the Irish theme park is going to import British reenactors to play British Army redcoats, while their staff of Irish actors dons American uniforms to play the opposition.