Dmitri May 21st, 2007
If you are a non-American who deals with Americans or know people who do, you’d probably have come across the stereotype that Americans are stupid. The general image of Americans around the world is of that of a stupid boor posessed with a loud obnoxious behaviour.
While such stereotypes are not fair to the considerate among Americans, they do have a socio-cultural reason for their origin and existence. And no, it is not because the world hates the American freedom and democracy (if you are an American, making such a silly remark would instantly put you in the ’stupid American’ group). It is the way Americans behave and project themselves around the world that gives birth to these stereotypes. If democracy and freedom were actually triggers of global prejudice, then nationals of France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark or Singapore would have faced the brunt more often then Americans. Yet this is not the case. All of these countries are highly regarded around the world for their strong democracy with a healthy mix of liberalism and patriotism.
A video survey which portrays Americans as idiots. (Click on video to play)
From Tokyo to Caracas, an experienced eye can easily spot an American within the first few minutes of interaction. There is something ‘different’ in the behaviour of an American that makes them ’stand out’ and become targets of social hostility. Today the world outside America has become an unpleasant and sometimes dangerous place for Americans to travel or visit. A European or an Asian doesn’t have to deal with as much unpleasantries around the world as the average American does.
In the next couple of posts, I will discuss the behavioural patterns and cultural factors that causes Americans to be dubbed stupid or resented. By avoiding these behaviours and attitudes, Americans can avoid being singled out or targeted for prejudice, thereby ensuring a pleasant experience in foreign lands.
Possibly Related posts:
- Are Americans Stupid? - Statistics, Studies and Research
- The Stupid American Tourists
- Obama Cannot Stop Global Sentiment Against Americans