Saturday, March 18, 2006

Yank-bashing

I don't make a habit of dissing the Americans as it's so easy to do, I don't like cliches and, more importantly, I was always told that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. But this is too good not to share:


Can it really be for real? I found it here.

Update: Having just read the smallprint (you're always meant to, aren't you?), I realise that it may just be a clever spoof.

20 Comments:

Blogger portuguesa nova said...

I'll tell you why I'm inclined to think it is a spoof: most Americans don't know the names of all of those countries. They would just answer "Europe" or "Asia" or "The Middle East".

1:10 pm  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

Damn Yanks,bloody wankers. We Americans just love to kick ass, we don't care who it is. With a redneck like Bush running the country, along with his,"good ol' boys," it's a wonder we're not engaged anymore than we already are. I think it was real.

1:30 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

I hate to be the voice of cynicism but I'm pretty sure it's real. We have a funny guy here in Canada (Rick Mercer) who's practically made a career out of exploiting American insularity/monomania. I'm sure it's W's fault (isn't everything?) as *my* American friends would never be so ignorant. :)

2:43 pm  
Blogger Steve S said...

It might be a spoof or intended for comedy, but I'm sure they had no problem finding Americans who were so geographically clueless or who just wanted to bomb the whole world. Try living among them.

2:54 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Seems like all of you, all Americans bar Andrea, think it's true or not true enough!

3:32 pm  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I wouldn't bet the farm, simply because that would be just as ignorant as some of these people, but I'd loudly say that this is VERY real. Andrea mentioned Canada's Rick Mercer. It's a fantastic program called "Talking to Americans." Bloody hilarious. And I don't think this thinking is limited to Americans...but it sure is fun to single them out. :)

3:59 pm  
Anonymous patita said...

the video's a spoof (on CNNN? and did you read the crawl? and talking to a *black, homeless* man?! not on American tv, unless he was drowning in New Orleans), but give me 3 hours and a video camera and I could recreate it. Yeah, most Americans don't give a damn about geography or international relations. It's depressing. The best analogy for the US I've ever heard is that it's a 3rd world country with a lot of money.

5:26 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh dear poor old Australia looks like its going to get hit really badly by those poor geographers... lets just hope none of them are navigators...

I'd hope it was a spoof - but who can tell?

5:32 pm  
Blogger Ancient Clown said...

It's funny(sadly) because it's true. Here's the link to Rick (mentioned earlier to see more for yourself.

http://radio.cbc.ca/programs/thismorning/sites/a&e/mercer_010330.html.

A nation of the blind being led by the stupid and greedy. If they weren't really liars, murderers and thieves it might REALLY be funny, but those who have followed this way WILL find themselves before their FINAL judge and won't they be surprised when he looks alot like me.
Now THAT's comedy GOLD!!!

8:09 am  
Blogger Fikirte said...

It is so true because I am living it. I get asked if living in Ethiopia was similar to being in Animal Kingdom at Disney. Unfortunately, it is not only geography clueless-ness that's funny in the US. They don't even care about their history. During my first Independence Day BBQ, I asked the host which US president signed the declaration and he gave me a name and his wife shamed him in public because it was the name of some country singer… Although she didn’t have the answer either, at least she knows her singers. It's no wonder because kids are enticed with material rewards (iPods, motorcycles and other gadgets) to read at grade level and pass math. If anybody doubts that let me know and I'll send the R. Nomad a copy of the newspaper.

3:05 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

hehe.. i sure hope that was a spoof! Even I know a thing or two of general geograpy.. and I kinda suck at it. i am pretty sure I would know where Australia was though..

5:28 pm  
Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

Just reading the map is hilarious. Sadly, many people are indeed that dumb! Some of them are even related to me...lol!

6:43 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Looks like I'm going to look into Rick Mercer - sounds like he's rather funny.

I wonder when Australia is going to be nuked in the next leg of the 'war on terror'?

1:51 pm  
Blogger Phidoux said...

Being American, I'd like to say this : Although the piece was probably done as a parody - those people were quite serious in their statements. People have no idea how bad it's gotten over here. Neocon = Nazi and that's no exageration.

Jeff

8:10 pm  
Blogger Dawn said...

I would expect this is true. I live in the States where you meet people who as grown adults live on the same street where they were born with a string of relatives as their neighbors. I have lived in several countries over the last few years. I was talking to a local Mom while waiting for our kids to finish school one day. She was delighting in the fact that she was born in our town, had lived here her whole life and that her teachers were now teaching her own kids. While this can be viewed as quaint and cute, I asked her if she had ever been out the country at all. She had to REALLY think hard if her answer constituted having been out of the USA - when she said, "um, well, I've been to Hawaii." I rest my case!

10:10 pm  
Blogger Frog with a Blog said...

This is sad. This is very sad.

11:38 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

I just saw the video, it's funny! HA! Poor Australia. Did you read news ticker thingie on the bottom of the screen marquee moving along, it had the craziest headlines. Totally fake.

1:19 pm  
Blogger jjd said...

um...

2:30 am  
Anonymous john the american from new york city said...

you people really need to GET A LIFE. the united states of america hasn't become the great and influential multicultural,cosmopolitan nation state, and economic,military and social super-power it is, because we are stupid. new york city, where i live, was not created and made what it is today because americans are stupid. certainly no canadian city can compare, no not precious toronto. not even close. you know this is true and you are jealous and fixated on us. we pay little or no attention to you. get over it. stop acting like a bratty teenage girl scorned.and don't worry, the united states has NO INTENTION of invading canada. most americans (and the world) are vaguely aware of your existence.now i'm going to act like a typical passive aggressive canadian and tell you to have a nice day.

6:27 am  
Anonymous john from new york city said...

fikirte: you are a silly, ignorant bull*hitter. stop making up stories.and dawn sweatheart, that's called a community. there are many places all over the world, from europe to asia and africa, where people grew up and live in the same place their ancestors have lived for 300,400,500+ years. not uncommon at all. people like you think it's quaint and old world when you see communities like this in norway or italy. when you come from nowhere worth while i'm sure it's a concept that's hard to understand. it's a shame there are soo many people like you who come from no where, never bonding with any society or culture growing up (probably because you moved a million times)and then spend the rest of your life trying to find what you missed. when people like you show up in a interesting,unique city like where i come from (and promptly destroy it's uniqueness and character) you don't add to the ambiance with your shallowness and bland accent, you suck the life out of it.God save everyone from goofy middle-class pseudo-intellectuals. i'll take a russian immigrant cab driver any day of the week.

6:54 am  

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