Why do Americans make joke of Canadian?
20 Jan 07
It is just for humour´s sake. The English make jokes about the Irish. It is how various nationalities are depicted (true or otherwise), ie the Irish are supposed to be "thick" - the Americans are supposed to be "cultureless" - the Welsh are supposed to be sheep-shagger - don´t even ask me about Pakistani jokes!! It is one nation taking the p*** out of others. Like racist jokes. Some people like them, others don´t. It´s always easy to laugh at other people. I don´t support the above views by the way - I was just making a point.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am an American and don't consider myself better than anyone else. Maybe different in some ways, but not better. I don't know what the problem with Canada is. I have visited Canada dozens of times and find the country and it's people enchanting. I could probably say that about the rest of the world also. People may be different and there are customs and ways of living that I don't understand, but that doesn't make anyone better than anybody else. Only different and there ain't nothing wrong with that.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
It is an interesting phenomenon. Though I am American I've never done this and do not fully understand it. I do believe I have some valid insight though. American political and cultural propaganda encourages Americans first of all to see themselves as better than everyone else in the world. It is really a contradiction because we are also taught that everyone is equal. For me I was taught by my father to question everything, and so I was able to view the contradiction and determine what I thought was right. I think everyone is equal and I believe we should be teaching our children to question everything. Second, there is an over abundance of the idea that it is good to be the tough guy. This makes Americans hostile toward anything that is more accepting, kinder, and more open minded than they are. For the American mind it is good to be accepting but not too much. The kinder and more open minded you become the more of a pansy you are. This isn't universally true, but I have been ostracized my whole life because of it. Thirdly, it is not just Canadians, it is every other nationality, but for different reasons for each. Just Canadians often get a lot more than others though because they are closer to us than others. The Mexicans get it too, but they are viewed as tougher than Canadians so they get a different kind of flack. Canadians are close to us and they fit the first two criteria mentioned in this post, they fit in the mind of Americans that is. In the minds of Americans Canadians are generalized into being viewed as week even though in fact they may be tougher than Americans in certain ways. In most cases Americans are more judgmental than they are accepting. I have lived in Mexico and heard stories about people in other countries and have come to the conclusion that Americans are probably less accepting than most other countries. Don't get me wrong our political system accepts everyone, but that isn't perfectly reflected in the minds of the people. Finally, the Canadian government has things ours does not that, like their medical, I think many Americans wish ours did have these things. They wont admit to it and since they feel hopeless in achieving it, it is easier to write them off all together. This is also the American propaganda, that teaches them to write off people of other nations that way Americans wont realize that other governments can be just as good as our own precious democracy. The American mindset just needs some tweaking.