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

Oh so that’s why they donate to charity? - 3DG20

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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 bet whoever came up with this never went to the US.

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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

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...!

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.

You do behave like weirdos

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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

This is not true at all! Some of the nicest people I have ever come across are American. - 3DG20

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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...

Yeah shouting Yeehaw and U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A!

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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.

If anyone is a troll here, it’s whoever is spreading these sick rumours around! Americans are people like everyone else in the world. - 3DG20

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10 America Is Overrated

"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".

Best country on earth aye?
1.Just saying that is a little arrogant in itself (but I respect his or her opinion)
2.America maybe free but it's not the country with the highest freedom (New Zealand is little fun fact)
3.America killed 80,000 people in the Hiroshima atomic bomb incident
4.America has killed thousands of innocents in Iraq
5.One of the biggest co2 produces
6.Most in dept country on the planet
7. America has more inequality than China and Russia.

America may have some good aspects but it certainly is far of from being ...more

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

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 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

Trump - Carri796

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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

Son of a gun.

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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 stopped eating at McDonald's since more than a year ago. - Jasmine21064

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

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15 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!

Well fast food is junk food, but yeah no one lives on fast food that would be ridiculous. Americans have supermarkets.

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

My favorite food is ramen noddles(shrimp flavor)

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16 Americans are Ugly

Fave boy band from America Backstreet Boys. Oh and Nicks younger brother Aaron is rather hunky nowadays.

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

Attractive famous American male & female from past and present.

17 All Americans are Homosexuals

They are all homos

18 They Suck At Pretty Much Everything

If I suck at everything, then how come I'm always appreciated by my art and stories, and am told that I'm good at those things? - Jasmine21064

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

19 They All Love George W. Bush
20 Americans Just Shoot Each Other

America has the same gun regulations as most other countries. In the United States you need a license and a background check just like Canada and most European countries.

Really. Did you know more shootings happen in America. The last shooting in UK was in Scotland in 90s.

21 Always Say "Like".

Like you have like have cooties, did y'all know like my baby sister choked on a Kinder Surprise when we where like on vacation, but like we never read the warning on the wrapping but who like reads that only idiots like read them.

*puts on annoying accent* Howdy y'all like whatever dude yeehaww like like like like did ya go to the Big Apple last week? D'oh like mmmbop can I have some candy or I'll shoot you with ma gun it's the strongest rifle in the world. Thank you like this is so cool like yum. U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A! So like we came from England and Europe on like some boat like centuries ago and we like have a special holiday in like November. We like invented some stupid words like Vacation and Fall we like said it was from old English that had like died out but like England used to have like different alphabets so that would've been like old English so we did like invent the words ourselves. Anyway lets like talk about something else, how about I shoot someone with my brilliant beautiful rifle eh? YEEEHAAW this is just like in the Western times. *bang bang bang bang* ooops did I just like shoot someone then I'm sorry corpse over there anyway I've like gotta go now bye.

22 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!

23 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.

24 All Americans Just Wanna Blow Stuff Up

Although this sounds more like a Muslim stereotype, I wouldn't be surprised if Americans have been stereotyped like this as well.

I think that means guns not bombs.

What about ISIS? Some of them even wanna blow THEMSELVES up 👎🏼! Man the world is messed up...

25 Everything is Bigger

Well bigger food portions.

26 All Americans are Rednecks

A description of America
If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
He rode through the fields so handsome and strong
His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun

27 Americans Believe the World Belongs to Them

If you want to look up history of some past decade its always American times.

28 They All Shout USA


29 Americans Only Have Applejack for Dessert
30 All Americans Believe the World is Flat

Not true. I believe that the world is round. - Ilovestephanie

31 They All Mud Wrestle


32 Their Speech is Stupid.
33 They are Cotton Eye Joe
34 ISIS Consists of Mostly Americans

*Facepalm* At the time I've posted this, there are currently about 250 Americans that have joined ISIS, and if there were only around 300 members in ISIS, The world would've destroyed it already.

35 All Live in Wooden Houses
36 Americans are Lazy
37 Americans All Say "Howdy", "Yeehaw", and "Y'All"
38 They All Watch Barney and Friends
39 They All Listen to Kidz Bop
40 They Just Watch NASCAR
41 They Usually Sit on a Chair Outside Their House with a Gun, Playing a Banjo and Shouting at Kids "Get Off My Property"
42 They All Use Text Talk
43 They Only Listen to Country Music.
44 They Only Shop in Walmart
45 Girls are Cheerleaders and Boys are Jocks.
46 They Always Use Quotes from Family Guy
47 Americans Believe They are the Only Country on the Planet
48 They are All Rednecks

Sorry Cotton Eye Joe was here.

49 Extremely Patriotic
50 They Drive in Bigger Vehicles Than Other Countries.
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