People Around The World Debunk Stereotypes About Their Country Once And For All.
People on Reddit were asked: "What cliche about your country/region is not true at all?" These are some of the best answers.
2/28 Germany. We don't shout a lot. Actually, we perceive Americans as pretty loud. The perception of German as an aggressive-shouting language is rooted in old resentments, not in facts.
3/28 A lot of international people I've spoken to think Australia is full of fit sport loving people when in reality we have the 3rd highest obesity rate in the world.
4/28 Iraqis: We're not all brown skinned, big nosed, greasy haired guys who like to wear shirts with the first 3 buttons undone and nestle our sunglasses in the shirt cavity between the jungle of chest hair.
5/28 I've heard people say 'never skip a queue in Britain or people will lose their minds.'
No. Nobody will do anything. Everybody's too polite. You will be passively hated, but this will only manifest itself in tuts and funny looks.
6/28 Russia is not covered by permafrost all year around and Vodka is not flowing out of the water taps...
7/28 Kilts, haggis, bagpipes... This all exists but is only really seen in places that tourists frequent, so to appeal to the 'shortbread tin' ideal of Scotland. In actuality, a kilt is only really worn at a wedding, bagpipes too are only really pulled out when tradition calls for it, and haggis is only eaten by those with metal balls and a fibreglass tongue.
8/28 Not everyone in Somalia is a pirate.
9/28 Germany. Oktoberfest. It's a Bavarian thing, mostly visited by Japanese, Italians and Americans. Especially in the North, people don't really care about it.
10/28 Irish: there is no one Irish accent to cover the whole island.
11/28 Canadian here. It's not like hockey is our religion or anything, you know.
12/28 Norway. We don't ride polar bears to work, and our language doesn't sound like "bork bork". In fact, the only words in our language that truly sound like "bork" are: Bjrk. That's it.
13/28 In Australia we only have one spider that is genuinely lethal to humans. The snakes, crocs and jelly fish will seriously [mess] you up though so that's pretty accurate.
14/28 Canada. We do not live in igloos, we don't all say "Eh", and we're not really super friendly. We have lots of [jerks] just like every other country in the world.
15/28 That Welsh are sheep shaggers.
The stereotype comes from 'back in the day'. At the time the punishment for stealing sheep was more severe than that of shagging them. Hence when people tried to steal them and got caught, they flopped their knob out and held their hands up. (possibly not what they did first, but I like to think it was). The result was two-fold, reduced punishment and a longstanding national stereotype!
16/28 Tokyo - I literally have no idea what 'drifting' is, please stop asking.
17/28 Texas here. Not everyone wears a cowboy hat and rides horses. No one calls each other partner or wears spurs and chaps.
18/28 Also, Australians don't ride to work on the backs of kangaroos...
19/28 Too many people watch Honey Boo Boo and think that's the entirety of the U.S. The U.S. is freakin HUGE. We don't put butter on EVERYTHING, and some of us maintain healthy lifestyles.
20/28 As a Korean, not everyone in Korea eats dog. It's actually illegal (though not well enforced) and pretty taboo.
21/28 Not all of us in Nigeria are into Internet fraud and no one lives in the jungle. Come on, this is the 21st century!
22/28 The British 'stiff upper lip'. There are definitely many practical, every day situations in which many British people would be reluctant to step up and say something (complaining to the waiter, calling someone out for skipping the queue, if someone's music on the bus is too loud etc).
But when it comes to things that matter, most of us are actually very passionate and vocal people. I got in hot water many times for voicing my opinion too honestly in the US/not preceding it with 'in my opinion'/being too sarcastic etc. The British have an amazing capacity to have a really heavy discussion about their differing opinions, without holding back, and still be the best of friends throughout. In general, we don't worry so much about offending people with our opinions and we enjoy heated discussions without viewing them as arguments.
23/28 Sweden. We're not all blonde and tall.
24/28 England here. We don't all drink tea or eat crumpets (though crumpets are delicious).
25/28 Canadian's aren't all genuinely nice people. We have [jerks] just like the rest of you, just because come of us are apologetic and kind doesn't meant the whole country is.
I was on the streetcar the other day and someone walked into ME and spilled HIS coffee all over HIMSELF and said "Yo what the [hell] man?! YOU GOT COFFEE ALL OVER MY HAND!". I didn't even say sorry.
26/28 Britain. We don't all have bad teeth. I don't even know where that stereotype is from.
27/28 India. We don't just eat curry. In fact the curry in restaurants is somethings that most of us would never even cook for a meal.
28/28 Why does everyone say it rains all the time in Seattle? Sure it probably rains more than most places but not that much, dammit!
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.