Known rapist and US President elect Donald Trump behaves like a caricature of a monarch from Game of Thrones. So, naturally, someone saw it fitting to deal with this ordeal placed upon us in the form of the “leader of the free world” by giving Mr. Trump the full royal treatment.
The “royal treatment” is an open ended concept. In this instance, it refers to photoshopping Trump into full drag as Queen Elisabeth II. Because why not.
They say magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone. This casino hotel in the southern end of Las Vegas must be full of magic then, as I’m surrounded by 10 000 trumpists. Me, a guy from the liberal leftist-green bubble of a Scandinavian capital, now surrounded by people who’d like nothing more but to see Donald Trump as their president. Donald Trump, who from my European perspective mostly seemed as a comic relief in US politics and yet another proof that the rightmost wing of the American political spectrum has completely lost its collective mind. But even the northern end of Europe had received news indicating that Trump’s success might not be just a sudden fluke – and that he even could be on the brink of accomplishing something revolutionary in the US political scene.
So when I noticed Trump would be doing a rally in Las Vegas during my holiday there, I quickly booked the tickets. This seemed to be a fascinating opportunity to see history in the making, and at the very least it would be a chance to get an insider look into what it is in Trump that people are drawn to. And let’s not forget: Trump has loads of comic value, so if all else fails I would, at least, get a stand-up comedy set for free – in Vegas that’s a formidable deal.
I’ve lived in Finland for nearly 5 years after moving here from the United States. I’ve been asked many questions by curious Finns over the past few years, usually starting with “Why did you come here?” (to go to university) quickly followed by “But why did you stay here?” (because I love it here). After a couple of drinks, the conversation often turns to American stereotypes, in particular the American stereotypes and tropes that are portrayed in movies and television. A good part of the entertainment that the world consumes comes from Hollywood, so most Finns have seen the same tropes over and over and are left wondering whether it’s a case of Hollywood invention or Hollywood reflecting real life in the United States.
When it comes to American stereotypes, there are plenty to take your pick from. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common questions that I’ve been asked about life in the United States, based on what movies and TV are telling the world.
The first officially celebrated Independence Day in 1777 was marked in a way that would be very familiar to most modern Americans. There was an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts were made and 13-gun salutes fired. There were speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
A year earlier, founding father John Adams had written to his wife Abigail, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
You might think over the last few years America’s popularity around the world has taken something of a battering. Yet the annual Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, an international survey measuring the popularity of countries around the world by polling 20,000 people across 20 countries, says otherwise. In fact, in this year’s survey, the United States came second behind Germany and just ahead of the UK. But despite all the love and respect for many aspects of the American way of life, there are many American customs that non-Americans find, frankly, bizarre. To see for yourself, here are 29 recently shared on Reddit.
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