The following is an excerpt from Vanity Fair (February 2003) article "Ask Dame Edna," page 116. I got a online petition from a Latino member of my Capoeira circle demanding an apology from Vanity Fair. I tend to agree, this was simply a rude and hurtful thing to publish. Please read.
Dear Dame Edna:
I would very much like to learn a foreign language, preferably French or Italian, but every time I mention this, people tell me to learn Spanish instead. They say, "Everyone is going to be speaking Spanish in 10 years. George W. Bush speaks Spanish." Could this be true? Are we all going to have to speak Spanish?
"Torn Romantic", Palm Beach, FL
Forget Spanish. There's nothing in that language worth reading except Don Quixote, and a quick listen to the CD of Man of La Mancha will take care of that. There was a poet named Garcia Lorca, but I'd leave him on the intellectual back burner if I were you. As for everyone's speaking it, what twaddle! Who speaks it that you are really desperate to talk to? The help? Your leaf blower? Study French or German, where there are at least a few books worth reading, or, if you're American, try English. Dame Edna
If you agree with me that this is awful, send your angry letters to the editor of Vanity Fair at email@example.com.