…need to look inside their own closets (fashionable items will not be found)!
A recent poll of 6000 British by travellers’ website Where Are You Now (WAYN) said that the “French were the most unfriendly nation of people on the planet” and the “United States was named the most unstylish with the worst food.”
I have to admit I wasn’t surprised by the French comments because that’s just normal due to over a hundred years of war between two countries. However, the comments about the US did surprise me. Why?
Firstly, I don’t recall anyone ever saying Americans dressed badly before. Actually, American fashion is spreading around the globe. American fashion is varied and usually quite nice if you leave out the shoes. I think it would be more true to say that most English have their own sense of style that thankfully the rest of the world doesn’t share. Hey, I can generalize with the best of them.
Secondly and lastly, American food is not just McDonalds people! Geez…You would think everyone would be able to figure out that Americans don’t eat hamburgers or steaks every night. But, if you want to get mean and nasty about it…The majority of the world seems to enjoy it due to the fact that McDonalds has and is spreading around the globe. So, we have fast food that the world loves as well as the fact that real every day homecooked American food is yummy. Just ask my French husband.
This little survey just goes to show that people will only see what they want to see. If they only want to see the bad, they will only see the bad. If they want to only see generalizations and stereotypes, that is what they will see.
I just don’t take most polls or studies with more than a grain of salt. If you have ever studied statistics you will understand why.
In my opinion, this poll tells more about the Brits (attitudes and culture) than it does anything else.