How do you feel when someone talks bad about your country?

@cip116 (1011)
Romania
June 8, 2010 9:07am CST
Each country has + and - Many people go to work and live in other countries. Some people are easily adaptable,but others do not. I was impressed that a Romanian friend of 20 years living in Germany,asked me a small flag with Romania. But...when someone talks bad(on TV,in newspaper or personal) about your country ,how do you feel?
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@topffer (26796)
• France
8 Jun 10
It depends, but sometimes it can hurt me, when I think that the critics are wrong. I remember that during a few weeks in 2003, when my country -- with others -- decided to not get involved in the Iraq war, many American sellers on Ebay were saying "I will not send anything to France" ; I found this lack of understanding shocking. As you said, every country has plus and minus, and everyone has reasons to be proud of his own country. We have to respect each other and to don't say bad things uselessly.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
This was something that a manipulation,not related to war in Iraq
@topffer (26796)
• France
8 Jun 10
It was related to the war and the pacifist attitude of my country. It was ultra nationalism, but does not last long : on Ebay, business is business .
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@dentabz (142)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Of course I feel bad when someone talks bad about my country whether it is true or not. There are many ways to say it, constructively or destructively. No country is perfect, as you said it has + and -. I love my country and its people. What I don't like is the people in the government who do nothing to stop red tape and corruption.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
all countries have bureaucracy and corruption and normal people suffer
@jaiho2009 (38010)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
If it is true,i won't feel bad. Like what you've said dear,each country has positive and negative sides. Sometimes,other race to say the bad sides of our country doesn't mean that,they criticize us,but,they might want us to changed the bad thing/s in our country. Maybe some races really despise our country by saying bad about it,well,it is their opinion. Every one is free to express what they feel and what they've observed.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
yes,freedom must be respected but should be a measure in our words
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
nothing is worse than hearing from other people how bad they see my country. i am proud of my country. i am proud of our people. if there are bad things that are happening to our country, it doesn't mean that our place and people are bad. at times,i get into arguments defending the misconceptions. but am glad to realize that other nationalities i encounter look at the Philippines as a little nice country somewhere in Asia Pacific.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
At that moment,you can speak pleasantly, with that person about your countries
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• India
8 Jun 10
I won't mind if someone speaks bad about our country coz i know what my country is and i don't have to prove to anyone else what my country and my people are capable of. Moreover, as a christ follower, i know what is more important in life and what is the purpose of life. So i won't give importance to some dumb-a, if he/she talks bad about my country :-) savvy?
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
So,let alone talk
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@webzap (885)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Won't react and just let it go like that?
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• India
8 Jun 10
Tell me webzap. What will be the reaction if i react.. Some one says that my country is bad .i react to it with a counter which will start an argument, which can lead to fight. I want peace. If someone is so mean and ruf to talk bad about somebody else's country then he should be ignored and not encouraged
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• Malaysia
8 Jun 10
i just feel sorry for them. because it's obvious that they don't know and they don't want to know about the beautiful country that i'm in
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
And me,I`m sorry for people who have opinions about a country only after the media
9 Jun 10
its so very in vogue to criticise the US right now,so Im hip to your sentiment
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
well, some people don't know what they're missing. so they prefer to say things that got no substance instead..
• Japan
8 Jun 10
Yeah, when someone bad mouths your country it kind of hurts, especially if your not in your country. It makes it seem like many people of the world is against your country. Well, since you cannot change what others say about your country I try to ignore any negative comment about my country.
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• Japan
8 Jun 10
agg how do i delete this
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
Every nation has a long history with good things and less good. Political interests were not always good for people.
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
8 Jun 10
Sweetie, i don't even like my country, so if others want to badmouth it, let them enjoy themselves. TATA.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
good start for my discussion
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
8 Jun 10
Glad you liked it, sweetie.
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@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jun 10
Depends on whether is is a justified or an unjustified criticism.
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• Mexico
9 Jun 10
Hi dawnald: If I find that what this person says, negative of my country is true I would tell this person that the information is right but in my country are a lot of people that are opposed to this negative situation whatever it is and that I understand the indignation over this subject. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
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@thekelz (277)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun 10
I.m English and very pround to be, I take great pride in what we achieved in the past.If there is a good reason ,backed up with hard facts then I don't mind being bad mouthed, but if it is without good cause or facts then I am deeply offended. There a lots of good things and lots of great people in England and to be bad mouthed for no reason is not fair on our great nation.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
any person can make decent arguments in a harmless discussion
• India
8 Jun 10
hi cip every one loves their country its their own feeling but talking about others country badly is an unwanted one if some one talks about my country i will get anger and i analyse the status of my country and reply to him comparing to others
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
yes,a very good idea to make comparison
@Hatley (143057)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jun 10
hi cip;116 when I hear a person or persons badmouthing my country the United States of America I want to say you did not think my country was so bad when your country had troubles and we sent money and food and aid to help you. Look this is my country right or wrong, I am an American and I am proud of my country. I try here to do my best to respect each country that a mylotter represents. we all are proud to be citizens of our various countries and thats really great. I love our National Anthem and it always brings tears to my eyes.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
Yes Hatley,the American people helped Romania We hope to be friends with all countries and here on myLot... never bad words
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
In my country there is a saying that goes 'I love my own, my native land, Philippines my Philippines . . .'. Anywhere we are outside of our country, we are thinking of coming back as soon as possible, even we mark the days in the calendar and start counting the days. No matter what we do, we dream of coming back, of meeting friends and families back home, giving some presents and have a get-together homecoming party. But if someone badmouted our country, do you think we will be happy? We normally have to depend our 'native land', together as one, no matter what.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
Very nice you say...when I return in my country ,I feel like the air is defferent
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
8 Jun 10
Honestly I just laugh....I'm a Canadian..I'm a VERY PROUD Canadian and I know that my home country, though it has its flaws, is an awesome country...what anyone else thinks is totally irrelivent to me..
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
I am very glad that you are not affected by what other people talk
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I just encountered one, here in mylot. Though I am not the thread starter, I am quite offended by it. especially, if that person haven't even stayed nor set their foot here. For me, insulting a country is like insulting everyone from it. I believe respect is what we should always put in mind, though it is hard to seek when others don't even have one for themselves.:)
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
Sure would be civilized ,to ask first about your country
@brylle454 (608)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
It also depends on what the person is saying about my country, if i know that what she or he said was wrong or fake, then of course i would be angry or feel bad. But since our country has many issues and problems, we really cant avoid to hear negative comments and criticisms about our country.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
But you can not be careless when you hear..."ah,you are from X country...where I see on TV..."
@juicekodai (1123)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
i know there are a lot of bad things going on in my country... so i wouldnt really care about what other people think of my country since they dont really know whats going on... i wont make it a big deal just like what the media is doing.. but i just hope that there will still be respect in each others country...
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
I think the media induces many mistakes (for sale)
@sindhusha (180)
• India
8 Jun 10
I feel very bad of course every one feels bad.but it's not good to talk about a nation in such a way it hurts their feelings.Everyone feels their country as their mother and one cannot sit quiet when they are talking bad about their mother.People should learn to respect not only theirs but also other nations.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
8 Jun 10
thank you sindhusha I do not think there is any person who,upon hearing the national anthem was not impressed
@maximax8 (27053)
9 Jun 10
I have traveled to fifty different countries in the world. Many of the countries I really liked and some even were added to my favorites list. I have got a poor impression of a few countries. Really good things and bad points can be mentioned about all countries in the world. I am fully aware of all the bad points of my home country. I would agree with any person that says my country has poor weather. Last August we had some very cool days and it didn't feel at all like summer. My country is quite crowded so I would agree if someone makes a comment about that. I think all people are entitled to say what they honestly think about my home country. I would find what they say interesting and not get offended.
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• China
9 Jun 10
i think every nation is excellent and every country is beautiful.there is a lot of civilization in every nation , and i think the nation can exist in the world,that just improve that they are excellent,i love my nation and country ,so i do'nt allow anyone to speak anything bad about my country.
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