Inventing Stereotypes against Stereotypes

Well, post title title sums up my comment about this documentary. However, it is indeed a thought provoking work, worth watching. I’m more interested in how the makers of the documentary create a stereotypical European while attempting to explore “European attitudes” toward “Americans” :o)

It is FUNNY how the narrator tries to talk about “French life” “Europeans attitudes” “what Polish people think” “what ‘British people’ feel” etc just like the “Europeans” we meet in this documentary try to talk about “Americans”. Sheer generalizations. I can understand it when such terms used by the people interviewed. But, wow, why is the maker of the film so uncritical about the process of creating stereotypes? Probably he’s trying to invent a stereotypical European in order to overcome the so called Anti-Americanism. Just kidding ;-)

And I’m enjoying my “Asian” self watching this. :-\ Phew! If you have time, watch the whole thing. Here’s the full play-list:

4 thoughts on “Inventing Stereotypes against Stereotypes

  1. i know quite a few expat brits and europeans who are living in san francisco, and they do often express some of the oddest (and sometimes offensive) stereotypes about “americans” that i have very heard. they don’t seem to even realize how offensive it is – or if they do, they just don’t care.
    we went to party once where my husband and i were literally the only americans present, and it was not a good experience – we came away thinking that those particular europeans were ignorant jackasses who would do us a favor by going back to europe to live.
    i mean really – it was like they did not have one single positive thing to say, and we wondered, well, WHY are they living here then? or is really that they do love it here, but to say so openly would be frowned upon by their so-called peers?
    anyway, what you said ;-)

  2. i know quite a few expat brits and europeans who are living in san francisco, and they do often express some of the oddest (and sometimes offensive) stereotypes about “americans” that i have very heard. they don’t seem to even realize how offensive it is – or if they do, they just don’t care.
    we went to party once where my husband and i were literally the only americans present, and it was not a good experience – we came away thinking that those particular europeans were ignorant jackasses who would do us a favor by going back to europe to live.
    i mean really – it was like they did not have one single positive thing to say, and we wondered, well, WHY are they living here then? or is really that they do love it here, but to say so openly would be frowned upon by their so-called peers?
    anyway, what you said ;-)

  3. I’m not really sure how you can discuss how people of one country feel about another without stereotypes.
    Now, if you got a bunch of people from each country, crammed them into a room together for eight hours, made them talk about their views, and then asked them what they thought of those specific people—nah, they’d probably still bring their preconceptions with them.

  4. poojitha
    If you bring lots of different people together and make them live for some time they understand each other and start respecting each other. Stereotyping occurs when people lacks interaction with each other. The place i live, Seychelles is a good example. This country is a mixture of different types of people like (White, Black,Indians, chines, Russians, Americans British..ets) but they live in without much difference.

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