why do so many people hate Americans? (352, permasaged)

141 Name: A Frenchie 2005-12-06 01:09 ID:wNIMO7Vm

Most people here have little reason to hate the USA, they just do because that's the cool thing to do. I don't really get it, but here's what I notice from my perspective:

* Since Bush and 9/11, the USA have become a very easy target. There are hundreds of wrong things that can be pointed out, and the media sees through most of the bullshit of the Bush administration.

* Mixing religion and government makes us think about Islamic dictatorships, a line like "God Bless America" is downright creepy to us.

* Firearms and death penalty. That's just too big of a culture shock.

* People like Michael Moore are regarded as talented journalists.

* People believe a lot of stereotypes about Americans. They don't get what I would call "The American moron's feeling of entitlement"—stupid or bat-shit crazy people talking about their ideas without self-consciousness. It leads us to believe that any American who don't live in Manhattan or San Francisco is an arrogant religious fundamentalist who conceals a gun, sued 47 persons in his lifetime, and home-school his kids to teach them about creationism but won't teach geography at all, and many more stereotypes could be tacked on. Some people here honestly believe that nice and normally intelligent Americans are exceptions.

* Nobody knows the good things about the USA.

* We feel like we are somewhat entitled to keep our culture "pure" from American contamination. For somebody like me who grew up with the Internet, it doesn't make much sense though.

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