I've seen a few posts on social media today along these lines:
Dear Wikipedia, Black Friday is NOT observed by the UK. Thanksgiving means nothing here - our Civil War was 1642-51. pic.twitter.com/iHLMC3eqnPThe UK reference in that wikipedia entry has since been removed at the time of writing.
— Barnaby Edwards (@BarnabyEdwards) November 28, 2014
I don't get why people are so upset about it. While the Black Friday sales happen to be next to the US "Thanksgiving" it is on a different day, and it is a different event. No-one's expecting British people to celebrate Thanksgiving as some sort of bizarre prerequisite ritual to a day of sales. The facts are:
- UK retailers (albeit initially lead by the US ones) ARE participating in an event they are referring to as "Black Friday" coincident with the US one.
- People in the UK are watching out for special deals as a result of the Black Friday promotions.