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22 June 2010 @ 04:38 am
A point of clarification  
Oh fandom crazies ... how you make me shake my head ...

There is at least one person who reads this journal who sincerely believes I am anti-American.

I'm not anti-American, I'm anti-stupid American. Smart Americans are some of my favourite things in the world. Normal Americans are completely delightful and fill me with hope that generosity still lives in this modern era. But the stupid ones drive me mental, because in the face of every opportunity, they choose small-mindedness.

And it's not racist: I'm anti-stupid everyone. Which is not the same as being anti-thick. God knows I am thick when it comes to playing tennis, chemistry and about 50% of biology; I can't help it. We're born with our sundry thickitudes, but people choose to be stupid.

So, if you are a stupid American, then yes, I am probably anti-you. But it has nothing to do with the accent.
 
 
 
Susanlil_shepherd on June 21st, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Cheers for teh anti-stupid!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I am thinking of starting a religion ... and not just for the tax concessions!
Shivshiv5468 on June 21st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Being anti-stupid is a bit like being anti-gravity, it only works temporarily and then you're back down to earth with a bump
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Not so! It is a lifelong philosophical stance, like Stoicism. Like Stoicism, I have made few converts and had little real-world impact proselytising it, but both colour my world view and help me to make reasonably dispassionate judgements about everything from my own actions to who I should vote for. Fabulous article in this week's New Scientist on just this topic, in fact.
FEELS TERRORIST!: Bleach Szyael Insanity yay!momebie on June 21st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm also anti-stupid American, and I AM American. It's this battle of self hate I have going on. ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
I have always considered you a smart American, so I find it unlikely that you could be hating yourself. A few of your dafter actions, perhaps, but we can all sympathise with that! When you have travelled more, or met more people from more places, you will become anti stupid everyone: it's inevitable.
FEELS TERRORIST!: Torchwood Gwen Umm....momebie on June 21st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I do have my moments of not thinking, but for the most part I try very hard to consider other points of view, even when I am discussing something I'm completely ignorant about. Like astrophysics. Heh. I feel like a lot of stupidity the world over comes from people simply not considering the alternatives.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I think you are bang on the money there :-)

And OH! Astrophysics! I know just enough to know how very much I do not know! And yet have two friends and one ex-boyfriend who are astrophysicists.
rosathome on June 21st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I think I might be anti-matter.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Dammit! I was just saying above that I am not as good at physics as I ought to be! If I were, I would have SUCH a good joke to insert here!

Have this one instead:

Heisenberg is in a sportscar driving down Route 66. It's a gorgeous day, and it's such a fabulous long road. There's barely another soul on it. And the car just wants to go, who is he to say no? Suddenly, he hears a siren and is pulled over by a traffic cop.

The policeman leaves his vehicle and comes to tap on Heisenberg's window. The physicist rolls it down, and obeys the instructions to hand over his paperwork.

The copper shakes his head and looks at the esteemed scientist. "Professor," he says. "Do you know how fast you were going?"

"No," says Heisenberg, "but I know exactly where I am!"
rosathome on June 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! I don't think I've heard a good Heisenberg joke (or even a bad one, come to that) for at least 15 years.
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on June 21st, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Scrolling backwards, I hope to find the origin of this somewhere; you're still the only person around who pointed out the double standards re. BP, I think of you each morning when I have to bring in the icky rag(s) the boss orders and have to read the headlines (I'm physically incapable of not reading legible print; so much for going blind, doesn't help there, eh?).
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 21st, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
That was indeed stupid, though it was more stupid media, which is a whole other horrible category of stupidity.

And I have that problem, too! Damn seductive print taking up our useful brain space!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on June 21st, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Despite journalists (still?) having become the only source of truth and justice that once were cops and now are vampires ... where was I? Oh yes, despite that, the majority of media qualifies it for the general stamp of stupid *sad face*

And what's worse, this horrible sheboss actively puts more annoying print in huge letters into the world that then spoils what little view I and others have left with inane blather aka ads. Brazil's ending was so tame and old fashioned, those billboards move around and you can't see the street, houses or people for them.

Good morning.
ineffably_roma on June 21st, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Part of the beauty of the US is being able to express your opinion freely no matter how small your mind is.

While I cringe at what comes out of some Americans mouths, the alternative of not allowing them to speak is unacceptable. However, this means I'm also able to tell them off without repercussions.

Unfortunately, unchecked stupidity can be dangerous.

As to being Anti-american. Well, we have a large megaphone so those stupid things tend to get heard around the world and should be commented on.
Sarah: Nice Hair, Clever, Has Her Own Gun: Office Space: You Peoplethenotoriousso4 on June 21st, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
I am also anti-stupid for all nationalities, but it does get frustrating to me sometimes when some people act like stupid only plagues Americans.

I have to say that there are equally stupid (or sometimes moreso!) people in other countries all over the world.

I think it just becomes more apparent with us because we tend to yell the loudest.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 22nd, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
A few pieces of American stupidity have been more globally important than the stupidity of many other nations, but on the whole, individual Americans do not dominate in the 'I choose a life of the stupid' stakes!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on June 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm anti-stupid American, too. Hence my deep and abiding hatred of Sarah Palin.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 22nd, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
The large number of people who recognise her idiocy gives me faith in the future of humanity!
auntpurl: fuck google ask meauntpurl on June 21st, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Having actually met you in real life and being actually a real-life American, I can assure anyone who may think otherwise after only having read words you typed into the internets, that you are delightful and certainly didn't exhibit any anti-American behaviors or sentiments.

There are many things grammatically wrong with that last sentence, but it's late and I'm tired and this stupid iPhone keyboard makes my brain hurt.
Jaeenchanted_jae on June 22nd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I've learned recently that I'm anti-American, too!

*vapid grin*

Never mind that I live in America and still get teary-eyed at a nice rendition of our national anthem...
&helena;uminohikari on June 22nd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
But even I, an American, think our accents are dumb.
dylansbuzz: Alf HA!dylansbuzz on June 22nd, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
I think Americans take the cake in general stupidity, actually - and I say that as one. We're ridiculous and a laughingstock to a good portion of the world, and we never learn.

I'm with you on the anti-stupid. Form a religion, and I'm there.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 22nd, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
You say this because you have never seen an Australian mining industry commercial: they deserve some kind of trophy for self-centred narrow mindedness!

Just think of the money we could fleece from the unsuspecting ...
Kieran: not in churchfilmatleven on June 22nd, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
*has SO MUCH that could be said here but it was said on my LJ yesterday* =D

For the most part, anyway =D

But hey, I'm an Anti-American Elitist Cunt so WHAT WOULD I KNOW ABOUT IT? =P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 22nd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I like people who have cunts and see nothing wrong with elites unless they are actively exclusive, so we were bound to get on ;-)
Kieran: as long as I'm going...filmatleven on June 22nd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well then, thank whatever current deity is hip for small miracles.

*snicker*

I'm SNARKY this morning. I'd apologise but that would imply that I've something to be sorry for. Ha.

Besides, I'm all about the love. Not my fault they don't know where to get it from or are lacking in bollocks enough to take it. =D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 22nd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Cunts and bollocks ... I detect a subtext!
calanthe_fics on June 22nd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
How many guesses do I need?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 23rd, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
It was an anon-meme. Probably Sarah Palin, who has hated me ever since And Save Me From Bloody Men ...
down the hills and round the bends: S'more for younorton_gale on June 23rd, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I can and will personally vouch for the fact you are not anti-American.

And I have to say, my fellow Americans inspire a lot of eyerolling from me sometimes! ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 23rd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
HEE! You can also vouch for my general anti-stupidity -- evil Florentine gelato salesman!

Yeah, I have far too many American friends and far too many favourite American things, but by the same token, I'm not going to overlook the stupid just because it comes from a country I like. The manner of your customs agents, for example, grrrr!

And XXX! I MISS YOU! *Hugs to twins, and Mr A.M., too*
down the hills and round the bends: bitchen_draconorton_gale on June 24th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, refresh my memory re the evil Florentine gelato salesman?

Missing you too! Wish I had time to keep up with you and with LJ. *hugs to you, J, and cats!*
lokifanlokifan on June 23rd, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
*sighs* Oh well. A few of my friends seem to think I'm Sekritly Christian, because I tell them off for saying religion is a mental illness. (!!!) Can't please 'em all!

DOWN WITH STUPIDITY!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 23rd, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
*Headdesk!*

I'm a lifelong atheist and I can still see the beauty and comfort religion brings to the people who believe in it.

DOWN INDEED!