boredcrapfromhistorygeek5 asked: Part two of two of rant: Another such thing is the who stereotype that the French are rude. They have seen etiquette codes and it angers them when tourists/people in general don't follow them. I.e they would like it if people attempted to speak their language. Like "Bonjour Monsieur, parlez-vous anglais ?" People are a guest in their country so they need be respectful. My boyfreind recalled of a time where a tourist said, "The french should thank us for helping them in WW2" It pissed him off.
I know what you mean.
Of course, in all honesty, I think there is such hostility between our nations on a personal and hospitality-related level that we all just like to complain about each other for the same things the other complains about them… Maybe.
In essence, my reaction to this was “God damn it, I’d get pissed if I heard someone say that too, about my country or not— oh wait; I already do!” I think the only thing we can do is ignore the idiots and just teach our own children not to be such douchebags. Right now it seems like everyone is angry about something and has something to say about it. You may not think so, but we deal with simmilar things here in the USA sometimes! I often hear things where some people say “X demographic should be thanking Y demographic for a,b, and c,” or “A-colored people really owe something to B people because of x and y.”
I apologize if I seem unsympathetic, but really I am trying to say that I understand! I think that since the 1960’s especially, people have been using their “right to free speech” here as an excuse to be complete jackasses. (I- I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the history of the 1960’s-70’s.)
It’s really unfortunate that the assholes that nobody likes (not even in their home country!!) are the people that always stick out like sore thumbs in front of the world. I’d love to just send them all away.
Anyway… if you’d like to you can submit long rants and stories as an actual text submission too! I’m not going to turn it down or anything. :D