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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by David Baranyi, Sep 19, 2003.
That's not true by any extent. The reason that foreigners are used for the roles of villains is because their accents simply makes them different than the clearly American hero.
And 10 minutes of that news time is devoted to who celebrities are sleeping with this week, with another 10 reserved for sports.
> The everyday thing which seems to flummox Europeans the most when they come here is that you can't smoke anywhere.
Apparently they never go outside or to bars.
> (b) We think you have far too much choice of consumer goods.
Why is that a problem? We think you have far too many languages.
> (e) We still can't work out why you want to vote ex-actors into key government posts.
People have to run to win, & the US isn't the only place where actors have been elected. Wasn't there a porn star elected to some parliament in Europe?
> (h) You are far more interested in the Royal Family than we are.
I guess Redd Foxx was a lot more popular in the states than overseas.
> (l) Your spelling system is designed for people with a lower IQ.
Where do you think most of it came from?
> She was very surprised to hear that the area of the USA on the map was not the same area as a comparably sized map of Poland.
Don't they have US maps over there? I wouldn't go to Europe expecting to see London, Rome, & Warsaw in a weekend, & I don't have to be an expert to look on a map to see how far apart those cities are.
Andrew's comment on slang made me think of another important difference that might be significant here. We export a lot more TV and movies than we import. That's why y'all might know our slang, and we don't know all your's. Of course others have pointed at that perceptions of Americans shouldn't be formed based on our sitcoms. Why if we thought British TV shows we see are an accurate portrayal of what life is like over there, we'd think you all were stupid, oversexed, the men wore dresses most of the time (and I'm not talking about kilts), and often get involved in large scale chases on foot involving women with large breasts.
As for the French, just watch the Simpsons to see our perception of them.
Tony Robinson, Baldrick on Black Adder, was in Parliament. Christopher Guest is a Baron and I recall hearing about him attending some gathering of the House of Lords once, but then again he wasn't elected. So we're not the only ones with actors in government.
Life in America is exactly like the television show "The Family Guy."
Andrew, that was bold! You did know that you'd be getting all kinds of strange replys, I hope.
Here are a few more.
As for the news, we don't have much choice on that. When CNN started up, they had a lot of news from all over the world, but as the months went by, they sort of dropped it. You'd think that they don't want us knowing what is going on anywhere else.
As for actors that get new jobs, and I tread lightly here, we are not supposed to have any 'career' politicians here. This is all in theory, mind you, but they are supposed to get elected for one term, and then go back to the job that they were doing before.
And on the 'bad' guys in films. It makes it easier for us to quickly figure out just who the bad guys are, and I've known this for years. I just finished all of the commentaries on Stargate, Season 4, and they even mentioned that in one of them.
The size of this country is a problem too, as you have already heard. Not to get too picky, but this is one country about the size of all of Europe, and looking at it that way puts it in a slightly better perspective, especially with differnt sections being so different, yet so alike too.
Not to be rude, but can everyone stop "hijacking" my thread?!
One difference I've always noticed is the general reaction to criticism and the seriousness with which ones country is taken. Here in New Zealand, foreign visitors often joke about the number of sheep, our accents, our population and geographical isolation or any number of other things. We always laugh and no-one is offended. Likewise Australians with their corked hats, didgeridoos and boomerangs and Brits with their rain, tweed jackets and constant tea drinking. No one takes it too seriously.
When speaking with Americans I am always careful not to make these sorts of joking comments about the US as they tend to provoke somewhat defensive reactions. Even this thread has some examples of this.