False Stereotypes About Americans and the USA

Stereotypes of the United States are horrible and untrue.

The Top Ten

1 U.S.A. Only Cares About Itself

So not true. So many Americans go to other countries to help them in times of need, such as after natural disasters and etc. They also offer to help even countries they don't exactly like. - emraldYE

Definitely not. I was born in the United States and I live in Australia. I have friends here. I'm just one American example, and I love America as much as the next guy, but I love Australia too, my Australian friends and my girlfriend. But I will always be American.

Not true, what about all the wars it helped with, it never had to help but it still did (world war 1/2) - alaskangirl62


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2 Most Americans Are Fat

"The Obesity Epidemic" is just another governmental cash-grab to levy more taxes on the population for "the public good." If you're not stupid you'll always doubt the stated "benefit" we're all told we'll see if we jump on the next bandwagon that gets launched and demands to be taken very seriously. Look, 25 years before the "Obesity Epidemic" insurance co.'s tack on an additional 10 lb "buffer" to their actuarial tables but that's long gone down the rabbit hole. Who remembers?

I've gone around the country counting people who are fat, and it's actually only about 1 out of 8 people. Yes, there are some chubby people here, but there are everywhere. BESIDES, America is only the THIRD fattest country in the world...it's a fact! Samoans have the highest rate of fatness: over 90%. NINETY PERCENT! - emraldYE

Of course there are tons of fat people here. There are also tons of fat people in Canada. There are tons of fat people in the UK, there are tons of fat people around the globe not just in the USA. By the way, there are TONS of ripped guys and fit girls here too, but people only notice a few fat people and all the sudden all Americans are fat to foreigners.

I'd rephrase most with some. There's some overweight Americans there's some skinny Americans. However most Americans are not overweight. Wherever you're getting this from is quite moronic.

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3 Americans Are Racist

Racism is the act of judging people based on their race, usually a race you assume they are based on their physical appearance. Racism was a trait that humans evolved to have to judge if someone/something is a threat. The only reason that there is racism is because some people believe that there might be a threat (as well as economical and money separations). Racism can be found anywhere, and is everywhere, not just America. - gbells

Never have I heard so much scolding of racism anywhere else. In fact, America is Anti-Racism, and has huge races all across the Country called "Race Against Racism" where money is raised to help those affected by it. - emraldYE

I'm American, and how come I've never seen those "Race Against Racism" things? Probably because the USA IS racist. God, I can't believe I have to live with these people.

I'm from Lebanon, and most people there are ten times more racist than Americans. They look down on blacks, Indians, and other minorities.

My best friends are black!

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4 Americans Are Stupid

Some of the smartest people in history are Americans. Plus, the teachers at my schools are absolutely wise and AMAZING absolute GENIUSES. I feel so proud to go to my school. The students? Tons of bright ones. I am not worried for America's future of smartness...at least in my county. - emraldYE

Education quality varies from state to state and from town to town. In general, it is better and at par with developed Europe in middle income and rich neighborhoods.

What? Stupid people are EVERYWHERE. Canada, England, Australia...you just can't point out one country and call them all stupid! I mean, come on...!

This stereotype only applies to those redneck southern states. We are not all stupid, in fact, you're stupid for believing that stereotype.

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5 Americans Are Horrible to Nature

A lot of the biggest, most beautiful nature reserves are found in America. And although Americans do litter, there are also tons of litter groups who come through several times a year to clean it all up. Also, I find tons of people coming together right now in my County to save a forest that is being sold, all protesting to stop developers. And people say we don't care for nature? Like 70% of the world's nature books are American! - emraldYE

Hi, I live in Florida and was born and raised here I was going through the comments and just wanted to add my opinion. The reason we are trying to preserve land now is because we are finally realizing that we destroyed too much of it and now to many animals are going extinct. Another reason is because the land that we are preserving are the last of its kind like the everglades and how we are "trying" to preserve it is because they're not many other places like it in America.

In my opinion, America is nice to nature. I live in Tennessee and it is home to the worlds BIGGEST nature reserve, The Great Smokey Mountains, it got a record breaking 307.2 MILLION visits in 2015! Americans litter sometimes, but people often come and pick it up and throw in the bin, so this is just completely wrong.

A lot of us actually love nature. Canadians hate nature, they kill whales and seals.

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6 Americans Are Arrogant and Ignorant

In places that I go, all around America, people are very nice, creative, and welcoming. People that come here from other countries, not just see stereotypes about us online, say we're awfully nice. However, like in every country, a good 20 or so percent can be pretty nasty at times. But most Americans have good hearts. - emraldYE

This is untrue. I have made some fantastic American friends. They hardly talk about how America is at all, in fact I find their modesty quite sweet. It's ME who keeps going on about how special England is. We have banter, mocking each others' countries but that's all it is. Leave them alone! - Britgirl

To anon replied, if they are so nasty, why are they your friends? Also, don't let a few people stereotype a whole country. - LampSoup

Only problem I got with Americans when it comes to this is that they know so little about Canada which is one of their nm neighbouring countries and I feel if they would learn a little more some of the animostoty between our two countries when it comes to stereotyping would be solved and I'm pretty sure that Canadians wouldn't mind meeting Americans - CanadianGirl

In some places in america that is true, but same thing for other countries - bjinmaro64

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7 Americans Are Always Loud

Maybe in cities, but not in rural areas. Families in America like to sing together at dinner time, and scream and laugh during games, but they are quiet when they know they should be. It's just that we have fun, not that we're obnoxious. - emraldYE

They know how to have a good time that's all - CanadianGirl

I am an American, and it is kind of true...

I'm an American, and I'm quiet and reserved.

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8 U.S.A. Doesn't Mind Its Own Business

There are SO MANY self-related battles going on in my country right now. People are not just standing back and letting our problems go. And the U.S. doesn't really oftenly barge into other countries' business. When our allies need help, we go and help them, etc. But when wars start non-related to us, a perfect example being WW2, we will at least stand by for a while and only go in when the time is right. - emraldYE

You just complained that we DON'T intervene in foreign affairs enough in the above comment. Shut your damn trap.

Why is it your business what us in Canada are wearing do you think it's winter all the time it's stupid

My friends love me for my devotion to my job.

9 Americans Are Trolls

Vote on me so that I can get a bunch of points please.

Trolls? I don't remember telling goats off for going across a bridge. Or lying to people on the internet.

Baby Boomers and Gen X's are internet trolls the way they bully people younger than them on the internet.

I am a troll

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10 America Is Overrated

You think that you are the only country in the world that has rights and that is free? Let me tell you that Europe have more rights to express themselves ( America is full of censorship ) and we have more freedom than Americans ( America is almost a policestate with all the controls you get ). So, yes, America is overrated. But please, don't get me wrong, there are many things in America that I love ( but also too many things that I hate ). I know a lot of Americans who are living in Europe now and none of them wants to go back in their country. The main reasons I hear from them is that there's a lack of freedom compared to Europe and that many things in America are phoney.

Not true. People here are free. We have rights. Complaints exist, yes. But I know people from different countries, and when I ask them "What is the best country you ever lived in? " They say "Here. " Someone from World War 2 that had visited dozens of European and other world countries and was non-American said to my class "Be glad you live here, because this is the best place and the best country on the earth". - emraldYE

Bull, coming from an English guy America is far from overrated, if you ask any one if they would like to go to America they will say yes (unless they are some kind of neo-nazi who hates Americans) granted I went to a holiday resort but the people there were so nice and would do anything for you

It's overrated. Mainly the people who live there because they don't know better exept for what the so-called " true for them" media tells them. They think that Europe is still living in Worlwar II conditions, that they number one in everything. Number one in what? They can't have a proper working Healthcare for their so-called " United " states, they're still stucked in an obsolete metric system etc...but that doesn't hold them back to call themselves the most powerful, best, great, number one country in the world. Sure, there are worse countries but to believe that this is the greatest ( actually Trump will make it " great " again ) country of the world to live in is a bunch of crap.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 All They Do Is Eat Deep Fried Half Pounders and Watch the NFL

Laugh out loud, I'm American. I'm physically fit but this stereotype is true for AT LEAST 3/5 of the population, in my opinion 3/5 is enough for a stereotype to be considered a truth

"American" is not a synonym for "redneck".

What are deep fried half pounders.

There is no such thing as a "deep fried half pounder".

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12 They Are All Trump Supporters

I'm actually against Trump!

If I lived in America I would've never voted for him.

Most Americans aren't - ThatEmoLoner


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13 Americans Are Obsessed With Guns

It depends on the person. Think of it as clothing. Some people would have something as an fashion emergency while others prefer not to have at all. (horrible example I know) Besides, its usually people down south who would have guns (hunting and stuff) or psychopath. Also having a gun also make you look badass so...

Well Wal*Mart and banning Kinder Surprise for probably giving it to a kid under the age of 4.

Rednecks are and members of the nga

They are... well most are, anyway.

14 All That Americans Eat is McDonald's

McDonald's sucks, if you want real American food, go to the hole-in-the-wall, one of a kind, family owned type restaurants, Big city Delis, Family owned pizzerias, hot dog stands, BBQ joints, Fish Shacks, and the classic one of a kind restaurants that serve typical comfort food,food in those kind of places are better than some cheapo fast food chain

I rarely eat mcdonalds

We don't eat at just Mc Donald's! They eat at just as fattening places such as Burger King! - Therandom

Puhlease! We do not just eat McDonalds. There are better restaraunts such as Sonic, Jack in the box, taco bell, hasta la pasta, olive garden, etc.

15 Americans are Ugly

"There are plenty are cute, pretty, beautiful, handsome, hot, and sexy.

Attractive famous American male & female from past and present.

16 They All Love George W. Bush
17 They Are a Bunch of Christian Fundamentalists

Wait Fundamentalists is believing in the Bible literally. So a man could survive in a whale? Another man who lived to an impossible age (around 600 years) could get every single animal on earth into a wooden boat and its also believing Jesus will return? Yeah like in the year 3000? Yes there is many different religions but Christianity is the biggest one.

There are all kinds of different religions in America babe. Freedom of religion.

I take that as a compliment. Thank you!

18 They Only Eat Fast Food

Where the hell are people getting this from? We don't only eat fast food! We also have frozen food, home made food and junk food. It's not all fast food dining from a Mcdonalds!

My favorite dish is my girlfriend's potato salad. Does that sound like fast food to you?

What ever you think bud.

My favorite food is ramen noddles(shrimp flavor)

19 They Suck At Pretty Much Everything

Wow, society! I'm a lawyer and I haven't got fired yet. Know why? Because I'm good at what I do.

20 Americans Only Have Apple Pie for Dessert.

I prefer having cake as a desert not a big pie fan.

I love apple pie as much as the next guy, but it's not the only dessert we eat, much less the only THING we eat.

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