Reasons Everyone Should Love Americans (Even If We're Easy To Hate) Rachel Roderman

Hey over here! It’s me! The American wearing star-spangled jorts from Target around my butt, an American flag as a scarf around my neck, all while lasso-ing a $1 American Flag plastic pendant necklace Flavva Flavv is still jealous about around my neck. I’m only a presidential endorsement away from being the next Obama Girl–except with 200% more clothes on and all of them are red, white, and/or blue.

I wouldn’t normally claim two primary colors as my two primary colors (I’m more of a fall palette, myself) London is a’calling! I have the distinct honor of cheering on my friend Sarah Trowbridge and her rowing partner as they seek out gold medals for the US Rowing Team in the Women’s Double Skull. The scene here is absolutely crazy, vibrant with the colors of hundreds of nations, millions of faces, and even those weird mascots that I assume are from Despicable Me 3: London Olympics.

The Olympics have a unique way of bringing the world together in a time of ultimate competition for glory. It’s a perfect time to meet people from different places and sing the “It’s a Small World” song while holding hands. It’s also an opportune moment to convince people who don’t think Americans are #1 to jump on the bandwagon.

WE’RE LOUD AND PROUD…

There’s no doubt we’re a proud bunch. I’d venture to say that half the t-shirts sold in the US have some sort of representation or a college we went to or a race we were in or a place that we went. At least that’s what was packed in the suitcases headed to London. Only a nation this great could consume a billion tons of guacamole on a single Sunday and high five about it. If my jean shorts didn’t prove it to you already, I love America. I have been to many countries and cities around the world, and the USA is a melting pot that cannot be matched. If our country is a crock pot, we Americans are the ingredients to the red, white, and blue stew. Gather 10,000+ ingredients into a single arena and you have one large, loud, super exited crowd that is ready to win.

…AND A DAMN GOOD CROWD.

I sat alone at the Eton Dorney grandstand watching Sarah’s first heat, surrounded by a crowd of Union Jack-waving Team GB misleadingly wearing my very own color scheme. I’ve never heard a British person yell until this weekend and still it was mostly like light shouting. With loudish Brits to my right and loud-orange-velvet-cowboy-hat wearing Dutch fans to my left, I was nervous to bring out my little flag and wave it with honor in solitude. And then Americans began racing. And then Americans began winning. And all the Americans in the crowd surfaced and screamed and cheered and blocked the views of everyone around just to make sure athletes in boats that couldn’t hear us could hear us. I’m sure the victorious fist-pumping is somewhat expected out of us now, which only makes it better.

WE MAKE GREAT TELEVISION.

For 14 days every 4 years, people watch Badminton and Judo on TV. When the nightly Olympic programming stops here in the UK, I happily watch New Girl. And then NCIS and then CSI and then Revenge and then Guy’s Big Bite and then realize that I’m supposed to be enjoying the sights and sounds of London and I go to sleep. There is no bigger form of flattery than imitation and I’m honored. Make television, not war.

OUR SWEET, ANGELIC ACCENTS.

A sweet faced Olympic volunteer approached me and asked if I was lost. When I said, “no this is how I look when I wait without a smartphone to play with,” she freaked out and told me she loved my accent. For the most part, I don’t have a particularly cool American accent so needless to say it made my day and it can be safely assumed that people love to hear us talk even if it’s consistently about Ryan Lochte’s abs.

OUR PREDICTABILITY.

Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv? Do you miss your old familiar friends waiting just across the pond? The US is a full house of people blowing up their spot when they leave their homes. It’s the beauty of living in a big place with distinct micro-cultures. The United States is to Epcot as the World is to Disneyworld. Americans are stereotypically talkative and inquisitive and boisterous and mostly in foreign restaurants or places of business. It’s only because we care. Which makes it comforting to know that I don’t even have to ask where the man is from who is taking up all the space in the London 2012 Official Store yelling “I THINK EIGHT SHOT GLASSES ARE ENOUGH FOR THE KIDS, RIGHT? WHAT ABOUT THIS MONSTER THING? OR THESE PINS WITH THE THINGS? WHAT ABOUT THIS THING?!” to his wife in the tube station ordering a venti mocha frappachino. All I can hope is that it’s my town. We give you what you want.

WE FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO PARTY.

In the words of P.Diddy and Mase “Ain’t nobody hold [us] down.” We’re a new crop of adventurers compared to the rest of the world. I’ve been sitting on well kept benches in the UK that are older than the oldest manmade thing in the United States. Americans have gypsy blood, all descending from relatives who escaped their lives on any of the other continent and sought out a better one. We all come from risk takers and goal setters. Our ancestors never settled for what they had as good enough and neither do we. I’m pretty sure it’s a fact that the main reason the Founding Fathers ventured across the pond is because they wanted to have the biggest tea party ever and the Queen was like “No” and they were like “Uh yeah. Bye.

WE WANT TO BE THE BEST.

How can you hate people who strive for success? Every goal starts with an intention and we’re intending on living at the top. It could be worse.

WHY NOT?

Americans are an easy bunch to hate. Our politics, celebrities, fast food habits…the list can go on if you let it. If there were ever a better 2 weeks to win a gold medal for tolerance, it’s now. We can all be friends, right? Yes, yes we can. Jorts and all.

 

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  1. All these comments are exactly why Americans think british people are snobs with no sense of humor. And we do happen to love Canadians :)

  2. I just got back from The States and it just solidifies my love for Canada. We have better chocolate and cereal. All I need, really.

  3. The only thing that I personally dislike about a lot of Americans is that they think they have the right to go into countries and take-over, how can you be on two sides in a war, supplying guns to the so called enemy for profit and then sending your young men and woman off to fight against that in somebody else’s country. The majority of tourists we get in our country from the USA are loud, brash and so full of BS it tends to put you off even trying to get to know your ordinary citizen.

  4. I lived in the US during 6 month as an exchange student and the main thing that sometimes made me kinda hate this country is how arrogant, self-centered and ignorant a big part of society is. I know not every american is like this (I met incredible people there that I am still in touch with and that I love with all my heart!) but so many people don’t know anything about what’s going on in the world and are not even interested! And they lack so much of culture! I mean people asked me things like “Oh yeah, and the Europe is in France right?” or “Do you have chool/internet/television/cars…” I mean, seriously? And the fact that so many people are sure that the US is the world’s leader and that it is their role to take part in every conflict and everything that happens on earth, that they are the leader of the free world.. Oh and about liberty: if it really is the country of freedom, then why all the hate against gay people and marriage (please explain how they will ruin the institution of marriage when celebrities are getting married and divorced in less than 48h?!), forbidding abortion and all those things?! In my country gay people can get married and adopt, we have a gay prime minister! Also, our health care system ensures that everyone will always have the care they need, even if they are poor because we have a fantastic thing called: solidarity!

    Anyway sorry, this isn’t meant to be a hate post, I like the US and lots of people I know there, it’s just that this article makes no sense to me…

  5. Not everybody hates you. In fact i think people love Americans abroad, as you don’t travel as much it is always nice to see you out and about. I mean off the traditional tourist trails. However being a British Expat living in Australia. I could change American to English in the majority of this article and it would work for me. xx

  6. We do have a tendency to rip off British TV shows, and claim them as our own (Being Human, anyone?). And I can’t say much else about being an American, because I am seriously conflicted by my country of birth, however controversial that opinion is.

  7. “Americans have gypsy blood” is not my favorite thing written about us:)

  8. I am a big fan of the US, I have only been once but I loved the welcoming nature, the service, the sights, the culture. And I appreciate showing your support for your home nation, I think the Olympics is fantastic at showcasing national pride all over the world. But I don’t like this article sorry. I’m sure it’s not meant to be, but comes across as arrogant and bolshy, the characteristics that unfortunately a lot of people don’t enjoy about Americans. Perhaps being tongue in cheek is something us Brits do better.

    • I didn’t get “arrogant and bolshy” from your article, but I did get it from Katy’s comment! Also, who cares about the tv shows? If you don’t like them, don’t watch them. When I heard that they were making an American version of Death at a Funeral I was like, “That’s kind of silly, since they can’t possibly improve upon it. I just won’t watch it, I guess.”
      And I think everything you said in this article is true, and I really appreciate it because, as an American, I tend to feel ashamed of the way our nation behaves and/or is perceived.
      So, THANKS! :)

  9. I am going to take a moment to brag about MY country. Canada and the US come from the same roots, but we are very different countries. I have been SO impressed with Team Canada’s attitude at these Games. No matter what they place, the Canadian athletes are always smiling and happy that they gave it their all. Our women’s gymnasts placed 5th and they were JUST as happy and giddy as Team USA’s team (the tweet from The Biebs probably helped with the giddiness). Team Canada’s sportsmanship and positive attitude is unparalleled by any other country’s team. And if giving it your all and working your hardest isn’t success, then I don’t know what is.

    But I’m biased :)

    • Absolutely! Canada is the quiet example of what’s right with the world (everything about us excluding, perhaps, the current PM). Good luck to all the athletes from all the countries. Forget national pride – the Olympics gives me a case of Earth-pride!

  10. I don’t want to be that guy, but…
    Guess what is not ‘imitation’?
    Importing/sharing successful TV shows.
    Guess what is actually imitation?
    Re-making every successful British TV show for some unfathomable, mind-boggling reason. I will never understand.

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