OzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1252 times:
Watching the simpsons a every now and again there's an Australian stereotype pop up or a funny send up of an Australian or something along these lines that, while I'll laugh at it, has no sense of reality or justification for me. It's funny how you get these little snippets of information about what other countries think of you and I was wondering what sought of stereotypes you guys have for other countries. I'm interested in the Australian ones but feel free (please do) post any other stereotypes you may have of other countries. Also what do you think the stereotype of your countries citizens is and do you think that you fall into it? Do you think there is any basis for it?
Nothing major, I was just wondering what you guys thought...
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1227 times:
I am very fortunate in that my personal stereotype was defined for me by a great American. A former UN Ambassador, a two term Mayor of the City of Atlanta, and a soldier and leader of the Civil Rights movement in this country.
During a heated political battle he was angrily discussing the state of politics in the Georgia Democratic Party, which ran Georgia politics until the end of the last century, and he responded to a question from Hosea Williams (at least the way Hosea told the story) about whether they should support Walter Mondale for President and Young, who had recently been ignored by the Mondale campaign staff when he offered advice about how to win in Georgia, replied "Those @$$#o!&$ are nothing but a bunch of smart ass white boys and they'd lose Georgia even if it wasn't Reagan running!"
Well, as a proud member of the SAWB's of America, I once again thank Andy Young for this appellation, which could have been much worse. To his credit, he smiles and laughs whenever he hears this term and takes full credit for the statement.
CORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
Italy stereotypes: The Italian Mafia or Mob, loud people, talk way too fast, great food.
Australian: Can't say anything because your great country gave us the hunks Julian McMahon and Hugh Jackman.
As for American stereotypes, well the majority going on now are all thanks to our wonderful so called "president": Bullies, invaders, full of ourselves, fat and lazy people, the list is really endless.
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
I certainly fall into the Fat American bit. I'm not lazy, I work very hard, but unfortunately the work I do is on my ass, so I don't know what excersize is.
Otherwise while I look somewhat Jewish/European, the fact I'm adopted negates this, making me as much of an all American Mutt as one can be.
Salso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1156 times:
Slovenians: conservative, envoius, would rather burn theireighbour's car than congratulate him for the purchase, appreciate a sip of a good alcoholic drink (or two sips, or three, or four... or seven hundred twentyfive   , live in a shabby house or an appartment and sport a Mercedes or a BMW on the driveway etc. etc. I'M ALL THAT AND SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE!!!
Germans: Ballermann, wear white socks and sandals, are extremely organized and orderly, put sentences like "Wir sind Papst/ We are the Pope" in their newspapers.
Americans: hmmmmmm.... from a chocolate brown South Beach muscular stud via tabacco spitting Levi's wearing cowboys to motorbike riding party animals living in sterile gated communities.
No offence, please. Those are just some rough images of how I picture you, guys. JUST KIDDING. I have already met representatives/members of the above mentioned nations and I have had nothing but nice experience with them.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
I think others see Americans as shallow, think-for-the-moment types that are absolutely blind to their own arrogance. We've been brainwashed by our history into thinking, "We're Number 1!" We're so egotistical and short-sighted that we don't understand why the people of other countries see us as big-headed putzes. We think, "Can't they SEE that America is the greatest? Don't they know they're below us?" And then we wonder why they don't like us.
One man's patriotism is another man's propaganda. And vice versa.
Daedaeg From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1114 times:
Asstchiefmark and other self-hating Americans really put a drag to lighthearted threads.
Okay here are some stereotypes I have.
Australians: I think of lizards, kangaroos and those cute little Kwala(spelling) bears. Oh and I knew this loud mouth Aussie lady back in the day. Boy was she funny, but I could never get her to shut up.
U.K.: Their accents may make them sound smart, but once you actually have a conversation with them they're no smarter than you. hehe
French: Hmmm, I think of cheese, wine and a beautiful language which I'm trying to learn. Oh yeah, they are also known to be very impatient. I remember watching Airport on BBC America and I got a chuckle out of the frenchman noticing how calm everyone was after hours of delay and confusion at London Heathrow. He said that had this been Paris, there would have been a riot already.
Canadians: Polite and boring...haha
Americans: Loud, fat (we need help folks), and know-it-alls.
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1637 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1086 times:
Canadians.... I get the impression everyone thinks we dull boring bland leftist compromisers... either that or a nation of lumberjacks... well I get those impressions from Americans if they have any thoughts on us other than thinking we are just like them... from my Dutch colleagues I get the feeling we give off no impression or that we are just like Americans... Usually everyone in Europe I meet thinks I'm an American or British (my accent falls somewhere between the two apparently)
As for Australians... I'm literally on the other side of the world and ironically I spoke to a fella in Sydney by chance just last week on this very subject... Usually when I think of Australia the following words come to mind: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Qantas, Bondi Beach, Great White Sharks, Fosters, Kangaroos, Koalas, Ayers Rock, multicultural, Sailing, boomerangs, Sydney Gay Pride, The Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Aboriginals, Dingos, Nicole Kidman, INXS, Tasmania, sunshine, swimmers, the Gold Coast, Olympians, an easy going lifestyle and nice people under the Southern Cross.
For the Dutch (since I work for and with them)... they are centralists, colonialistic, protective, pragmatic, orderly, robotic, organized, beer loving, multilingual, multicultural, educated, intelligent, leftist, sensitive, compasionate, liberal, structured, traditional yet modern depending on the situation and where in Holland, high tech, design oriented, artistic, tall, thin, cyclists, football crazy and are people who love if not crave ice cream, french fries, eggs, krokets and anything with alcohol.
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1065 times:
My personal favorite is just the plain old European stereotype:
1-Must be wearing aviator glasses
2-Must having a part of his/her pants shredded
3-Must be wearing a zip-up cardigan with his/her's country's flag on the arm
4-Must insist that Europeans are better dressed than Americans
5-Must show off at art museums; suitable museums include: MoMA in New York or any other modern art exhibit
6-Must be wearing Pumas or some other sort of similar shoe.
That's what most everyone I know thinks a European stereotype is. =)
OzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1046 times:
Thanks for all the responses guys, There are exactly what I was wondering.
Ozark, The funny thing with me is that I don't have a stereotypical American to base any comment on. There just seems to be soo many of you out there.
Of course there's the image of the worlds fattest nation, but where the second fattest so I don't see it as a description I'd describe Americans as because there aren't that many obese people here. There are the cowboy style images but we have them (sure, a variation of them but still I'd count our country boys), The California beach bum type...very much like our own beach culture and Then I see the guys on A.net and people I've met and there just like us.
The only three that really stand out are the Jerry Springer type Red necks - trailer trash, The J.Lo style born in the Bronx, unfavorable situation but is a good person and succeeds phenomenally in life and NewYorkers just have a vibe about the in TV shows, can't describe it but they do. I've never met a New Yorker in person. But these three stereotypes again must only be a tiny tiny minority of people and can't be used to judge a nation of people.
That's all for me, Cheers,
btw, CORULEZ05, everyone has heard of that American stereotype you mentioned and you definitely hear people "Bush-Bashing" in the streets over here but those people are looked down upon here. I have no reason to use this stereotype as I like bush and think he was amazingly strong in wake of 911 (yes I'm bringing 911 into this thread) I couldn't imagine having a piece of news like this told to me while I was reading a childrens story to class of five year olds and I don't want to. You only really hear the bush bashers because they're the ones that think they have a point that needs to be argued, I think those who like the guy don't need to put their feelings into words, shouting them from outside his embassy - in Canberra of all places - however any miles it is away from him....Just my opinion, would like to hear others but please no bashing, that's not what I intended this thread for.
I viewed it as amazingly shrewd. A lot of things changed after 11/9, most of them at the hand of the Bush administration. Everything is in the name of patriotism. Looks like he took a page from "Wag the Dog". In the case of our supposedly Red America, maybe it's Wag the Elephant.
Quoting OzGuy (Reply 12): I think those who like the guy don't need to put their feelings into words
Well, obviously, those who are happy with the president don't need to say anything to get what they want; they already have it. You didn't hear all the 'Bush bashers' complaining about Clinton when he was digging his grave (and the grave of many Democrats). Does that make them better than those who were speaking out against it? Not really.
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OzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
In '98 when he was impeached I was 11 years old and couldn't of cared less. When he left office I was still only 14ish.
I realise I haven't lived through many of your presidents like you have and my commentary is coming from the other side of the world, The difference is that clintons affair didn't see Australians going to war or directly affect us and bushes did so there was a bit more 'noise' against America this time.
SATX you do have a point though, and I respect your opinion.
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 990 times:
Quoting Caribb (Reply 10): As for Australians... I'm literally on the other side of the world and ironically I spoke to a fella in Sydney by chance just last week on this very subject... Usually when I think of Australia the following words come to mind: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Qantas, Bondi Beach, Great White Sharks, Fosters, Kangaroos, Koalas, Ayers Rock, multicultural, Sailing, boomerangs, Sydney Gay Pride, The Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Aboriginals, Dingos, Nicole Kidman, INXS, Tasmania, sunshine, swimmers, the Gold Coast, Olympians, an easy going lifestyle and nice people under the Southern Cross.
That's fair - I accept that.
That said - Canadians do tend to have a broader world view than most people from other countries.
I personally HATE stereotypes of any kind - even positive ones. It's discrimination and completely unfunny.
My advice? Don't have pre-conceived notions of people based on their nationality - and accept that nations are broad, diverse creatures.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4274 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 904 times:
Quoting SATX (Reply 13): You didn't hear all the 'Bush bashers' complaining about Clinton when he was digging his grave (and the grave of many Democrats).
Some of us "Bush bashers" were complaining about Clinton at the time!
The Texan stereotype. Shoot first ask questions later; extremely arrogant; talk slow; back country hicks; we're all oil millionaires; we don't know what asphalt is (actually had someone in New York try telling me about asphalt since we don't have roads in Texas); we all own horses; we all own cattle; we all drive beat up pickups; couldn't tell the difference between an ass and a hole in the ground; all Republicans who back Bush.
Ok, so I'm guilty on the horses, cattle, and the pickup (it's down on the ranch, used solely for driving around the property). Not guilty on most of the others. Except for being obnoxiously proud of my state. But, hey, if you live as close to heaven as there is on earth, why not talk about it?
ps - If someone is Texan he'll tell you; if he's not, there's no need to embarass them by askin'.
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HorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 897 times:
Stupid old fisher dudes.
Newfoundlanders are not stupid. it is good that they eat a lot of
fish because it contains omega fatty acid, which feeds the brain.
There is a higher volume of Newfoundlanders in Menza than
When I first moved to B.C., people thought I was Irish
because they couldn't recognize my accent.