My personal opinion is that the stereotype of the typical american can sometimes be negative, but i've not met one in real life that i didn't get on
with or really like.
We get told that they think they are bigger and better than everyone else, but lets face it, many things in the US are bigger and better. For a long
time they had more funds than most countries will ever seen in a lifetime.
If people really want to "hate" the US, they should write a list with two columns, one for their peeves about US citizens, and the other for the US
administration and greedy corporations.
I have a feeling i know which list will be longer.
No matter what country i read about or have visited, it's rarely the people that are the problem, it's the ones pretending they care about them.
It was the same in Germany, i went over there as a soldier with this sterotypical image of "ze Germans", which was not a good one after all that we
had been told about history. However i've never met such a nice bunch a people. If i hadn't have been posted away i'd have happily have stayed
Same with N.Ireland....with the exception of the odd few that wanted to kill me every day, it was a great place with great people.
I'm not as travelled as some here, and maybe have not had as much contact with different nationalities, but whether they be Chinese, Iranian, German,
Italian, French, and dare i say it...American
.....i've never found myself hating someone from another country.
Their goverments, now thats another matter, but not the people. Every country has it's idiots in the population, or people that let the rest down, so
lets not just think it's one country.
Maybe it's got something to do with Hollywood and the film industry? I think the action films and the likes do a lot to add the the American image
that some do not like.
So for me at least, i'd share a beer with an american any day.
I've starred and flagged this, not because i think ATS needs yet another US bashing thread, but in the hope that it gets more attention and people
can remind themselves who they are really annoyed with.
[edit on 4/5/10 by CX]