I know these maps are supposed to be funny, but I can’t help to notice the undercurrent of useless Anti-Americanism, bewildering European-Supremacy and bi-lateral hypocrisy.
These maps, and the commentary that goes with them have a few agreements, always taken on faith:
- Americans are stupid, uneducated and/or uncultured and it’s our own fault
- Europeans are uneducated about America and it’s also our fault because we are uncultured, stupid, fat, douchebags or because we elected George W Bush, and hence aren’t worth learning about
- America has very little diversity, primarily made up of California Culture, Southern & Middle State Redneck Culture and uppity New York City eastern culture
- Europe has a lot of diversity and culture and if Americans are not aware of it, refer to #1
While Americans (supposedly) not knowing much about Europe is a sign of their stupidity, Europeans being ignorant of America is a sign of enlightenment because America is not worth knowing about.
If Americans don’t know where other countries are on a map (we’ve all seen the videos) I don’t really see the huge problem with this since it’s not that important to their everyday life and truth be told, many European countries are comparable in size to US states, and most Europeans can’t identify the states on a map.
But I don’t feel it’s important for Europeans to know the location of every US state or the nuances and culture of that state if they are unlikely to visit there or keep their mouths shut about it.
And as far as Europeans each having a wholly distinct culture from each other, while some do more than others, on the whole this is not the case. Â It’s generally true that the worst people from a country tend to travel abroad often (probably out of necessity), but I can tell you without a doubt the biggest idiots i’ve met abroad have been, bar none, Europeans.
And if you think that Europe doesn’t have its share of douchebags, fatties, motards and rednecks, let me me let you down easy:
If all of this is because Europeans just can’t get over the fact that we elected George Bush twice, I will say that In fairness, the citizens of the United States don’t always elect the best leaders.
For comparison, let’s take a look at the European elected official hall of fame:
In retrospect, maybe we should be thankful that Europeans don’t vote in US elections.