Dmitri May 23rd, 2007
Why are Americans Considered Stupid? - The American Tourists
This is a follow up on my previous article Are Americans Stupid? aimed to explain the reasons and realities of the “Ugly Stupid American” concept. It is the first part of a series which will explain the various factors which cause such a negative generalisation of Americans, the world over.
An American tourist couple outside a cathedral in Italy. The couple got yelled at and the lady had to cover her legs as shorts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed at Catholic churches, basilicas or cathedrals.
The Saga of American Tourists and Cultural Conflicts
American tourists in other countries tend to be the ambassador of “Americans are stupid” stereotype. They often dress like they are going to play football (soccer) or are in a golf tournament which gets them the smirk of the locals. They expect everyone in the world to speak English and use US dollars. This is emphasized when they are often heard shouting, “Does anyone here speak English” or “How much is that in real money?” in busy markets in Bangkok or Riviera. They tend not to mix with anything that is not American. Wherever they go, they keep close to an American guide, eat only American food and stay only in American hotels. Anything which is cultural rather than americanised takes them out of their comfort zone. When they are in foreign lands, Americans are always herded like cattle and guided by their American guides at all times.
They mutter things like “evil” or “devilish” when they visit local temples in Asia or Greece. They tend to see Swastika decorated temples, road signs and houses as Nazi symbolism of racism. They often tend to break local laws and disrespect local tradition which usually puts them in soup like the image shown above. Most American tourists who visit strongly sovereign un-American countries like France, Italy or India find that being an American in these countries is not a privilege. This often comes to them as a shock as they expect to be treated royally which makes them end up being bitter against those countries.
Stupid Until Proven Intelligent Syndrome
In Europe and most parts of Asia, a person is considered ‘Intelligent Until Proven Stupid’. Therefore unless a person behaves in a way that makes him or her look really stupid, they are generally left to their own judgments and individual choices. On the other hand it is assumed both in the United States and elsewhere in the world that Americans are ‘Stupid unless proven intelligent’. In the United States, media and the government treats their people like a bunch of morons who need to be guided in every step of their life. Unlike Europe, Americans seem to need expert guidance for everything, from how to wash clothes properly, cook an omelette, invest in shares or have sex. Every small aspect of their life seems to be guided by research findings, which are often doctored by the media to fit corporate and government interests. If they travel, they have travel staff and books giving them directions and guidance for every small aspect of their trip.
Americans are not as culturally experienced as the people in Asian or European countries with rich heritage. They make this fact quite obvious to the rest of the world which again makes them the target of mockery and sniggers. They display a crude dress sense along with their lack of sophistication and tendency to use swear words at the drop of a hat. In the lingual abilities, most of the people in America are mono-lingual except the immigrants. The only language they speak is English or Spanish which is unlike Europe or Asia where people can speak an average of three languages fluently and many can do five or more. Their cultural knowledge of the world revolves around wars, blood and gore like American Civil War and World War 2 rather than peaceful civilizations like Greek, Sumerian or Indus valley civilizations. This gives them a bleak and xenophobic outlook of the world which ultimately leads to racial bias and subconscious racism.
This article is meant to be informative and not to incite dislike for Americans. Not all Americans fit the given reasons but a large majority do which is why this article will help them recognise the ’symptoms’ of being an American. I have refrained from giving any tips as I am optimistic that Americans could read this article and understand what the root of the problem is, which needs to be avoided.
Possibly Related posts:
- Are Americans Stupid?
- Are Americans Stupid? - Statistics, Studies and Research
- Obama Cannot Stop Global Sentiment Against Americans
- Bill of American International Rights
- Terror Attacks in Mumbai and the American Connection