The Americanization of the world has been a fear of non-US residents & citizens since the end of the Cold War, perhaps even before then. While it was the ‘Negrification’ of Germany and Aryan Europe that frightened Hitler – in addition to Jewish domination, both of which have actually come about (particularly the latter here in America) – most people are scared of a world that is led by the United States and for good reason. High crime, racism, police brutality, senseless violence, and most of all a degenerating culture, speaks volumes about the state of America today; therefore, any country that allows a form of Americana into their own culture should be afraid of a declining moral compass.
When I first went to France, I saw this graffito on a wall: $ = 666. No one came out and said to me or any of my fellow tourists, “Americans, go home!” as a Frenchman said to our Northern neighbors – “Canadians, go home!” Australians were given rude stares and even received a nasty comment by an obvious Britisher, and a young lady from New Zealand was laughed at by Italians in a cafe when she asked if she could use the restroom. They had not treated me that way.
However, I feel confident in stating here that most of the non-Americans on the planet, while there are certain aspects of American culture they admire and even desire, they do not want the United States meddling in the business of their own nations and forcing its ways upon them, especially the Islamic states – and who can blame them when you look at how low Americans have sunk lately? I mean, they elected a reality TV star, a non-politician, into the most powerful position in the land!
It’s not as truly hostile about Americans as say “Born in the U.S.A.“: it’s merely sardonic. I was traveling in Java when [its] first McDonald’s went up: it was like, “for fuck’s sake.” The invasion by any homogenized culture is so depressing, the erection of another Disney World in, say, Umbria, Italy, more so. It strangles the indigenous culture and narrows expression of life.
I’m Afraid of Americans
David Bowie & Brian Eno
I’m afraid of Americans
You know what, Mr. Bowie, wherever you may be? I’m American but I’m afraid of Americans too.