Lately I’ve been reading a lot on blogs and in forums about how Australians have a negative outlook on Americans and the American culture. It’s really starting to annoy me really. After watching a video on Laura’s blog, I felt compelled to refute some of the aussie negative stereotypes of Americans.
Americans are all obese
Well, yes, while many are- I’d like to remind everyone of THIS ARTICLE that shows that Australia has taken over as the fattest country in the world. At least Americans can blame it on free refills and the large portion size. Here you have to pay $4.00 for a coke and people still manage to become obese!
Americans are a bunch of “ditzy cheerleaders”
Well this one hits home. I was a cheerleader, but I graduated from my University with a 3.74 grade point average and graduated with my masters with a perfect grade point average of 4.0. Oh… and its not like Australia doesn’t have cheerleaders… they do… and they dress just as skimpy as the US ones!
Americans are arrogant
Yes, some are, but I can’t even tell you the number of Aussies who have said to me “Australia is the BEST country in the world… why would anyone want to live anywhere else?” Yeah… because that doesn’t sound arrogant AT ALL!
Americans think the world revolves around them
Well I won’t disagree with this one, but you have to admit- this whole US credit crisis has drastically impacted the WHOLE world, has it not?
Americans are rude
There are rude people everywhere. At least when I would go on walks in California people would smile or say hi as you walk by. In this area, people don’t even look at you as you pass them. I make Andrew call customer service for me because I figure they will be nicer to him with his Aussie accent. And I can’t help but think every time I ask for something in a restaurant or grocery store that the person helping me is thinking “dumb american.”
I’m not trying to be all bitchy with this post, but honestly- I’m so over hearing people bash Americans and the American culture. Every country on earth will have good people and qualities and bad people and qualities. For a country that is supposed to be SO nice and SO friendly, I’ve never in my life felt so much discrimination as I have since I moved to Sydney.