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Americans get a bad rap by americantraveler on 4 October 2004 6:41am
 
Has anyone noticed that several times in Michael's travels he encounters obnoxious Americans who ask him to do impressions or for photographs? As an American who’s lived abroad (London, Tokyo, Hong Kong) almost my entire life, i just wanted express regret that some of my countrymen are so uncouth, but also to remind any cynics out there that many American tourists are in fact discreet, so discreet, you might not even know they’re Americans. share any thoughts.

rob
 
it is not just americans by irishmanufan on 4 October 2004 1:18pm
 
i think you get a certain amount of obnoxious people in every country and some of them will travel .
i have just come back from a holiday and as we were checking in at the airport to come home i saw a group of the most horrible teenage dubliners you would ever see threatening to kick the crap out of the rep because the lost a bit of thier baggage . ( the reps can do nothing all you do is go home and claim on your insurance) so it is not just americans :0) other then that i met a lot of nice people from all nationalities .
Linda
p.s my uncle lives in new york and i know there are nice americans out there :0)
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by JK on 4 October 2004 2:58pm
 
Take the British Museum for example. The majority of nationalities creep from exhibit to exhibit as quiet as death, whereas many an American tends to be a little more on the vocal side: "Oh my God! You mean its 800 years-old!? Martha, get over here!", or something along those lines.

Now, I have absolutely no problem with that period. It's nice to see such vocal enthusiasm for a change and it's always done in complete reverence.

The only regret you should have Rob is that the American education system leans toward the insular side. IMO, there's a lot to be learnt from European history and it should really be on the syllabus to a greater degree.
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by Helen on 4 October 2004 4:30pm
 
there are obnoxious people everywhere, like Linda said. America has its fair share....oh yes we do.
:)
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by canaveralgumby on 8 October 2004 1:13am
 
Americans? Obnoxious? I resemble that remark!

I think the reason we see American fans fawning over MP in his series is that he is recognised in America! Maybe he's an anonymous stranger in most of the countries we see him in. Just a thought.
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by George on 12 October 2004 12:40am
 
Obnoxious Americans? I can't believe it! Well, maybe just a little. As for Americans fawning over MP, please remember most of us know him only through the Monty Python series, a reminder of the "British Invasion" days when some of us were a lot younger and better looking.
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by irishmanufan on 12 October 2004 4:46pm
 
i was'nt born when monty python was frst shown . i got into micheal first through the life of brian it's true , ( i am female i drool at the sight of the ex leper ) but i became seriously addicted through his travel shows . your point is alomost right but not quite :0)
Linda
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by irishmanufan on 12 October 2004 4:47pm
 
i was'nt born when monty python was frst shown . i got into micheal first through the life of brian it's true , ( i am female i drool at the sight of the ex leper ) but i became seriously addicted through his travel shows . your point is alomost right but not quite :0)
Linda
 
Re: Americans get a bad rap by BagpussBee on 13 October 2004 11:15am
 
Ah, this reminds me of being in Pompeii last year. The peace and quiet was destroyed by two American tourists. And because my boyfriend was filming stuff at the time, we even had it as a souvenir to take home with us and cherish forever.
"MOM?"
"I'M OVER HERE JUSTIN."
"MOM?"
"OVER HERE"
"MOM?" (getting a little annoyed now)
"OVER HERE JUSTIN".....
I don't think I was the only one there who thought that 'over here' was just a little too vague.

Hilarious. So, Justin, if you're reading this, I totally sympathise. Your MOM was a bit of a muppet.

 



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