Ermintrude wrote:I can't believe an American doesn't get that national stereotypes aren't always true for everyone
When did I ever suggest stereotypes are always true? I even gave the example of Mr. Bean as a thin and handsome English chap.
I'm sure that you get that the world understands that you aren't all stupid parochial hicks who don't travel well? That just because your country is the laughing stock of the entire world for your party politics, your religious beliefs, your gun laws, your level of education, your healthcare, your crime levels, your lack of personal freedom, your prison system, your endemic drug abuse, your cuisine, your militarism and so on, that all of you aren't completely null and void as a people?
The funny thing is Americans in general are immune to criticism from the Brits or anyone else attempting to deride us. We know we're not perfect and don't get our feelings hurt if someone else tries to point that out. I'm sure Americans at large are not jealous of anything the UK might have to offer (other than the awesome food there ). Britons on the other hand are often embarrassingly insecure and sensitive. They just can't let go of their glory days. They remind me a lot of the Chinese in a way, again, very insecure and sensitive about their identity - thus the cultural arrogance. At least China will likely be top dog again in the not so distant future and it will stroke and soothe their fragile egos. Maybe then they won't take things so seriously.
What can you say to a person who thinks 'fat' is either an insult or a value judgement?
You also contributed with a gibe about how much Americans eat. I'll have you know I like fat people a lot...unless I have to sit next to them on a bus or plane.