This post was inspired by Serpentus’ “Stereotypes about Russian Women”.
Disclaimer: No, I don’t hate Americans, and no, I don’t think they are “really” like this. But before you get angry, think of stereotypes you might have about people of different culture, race, religion, gender, etc. and realize how easy is to stereotype people when you don’t really bother to care about them as human beings.
Note: “Americans” in this context mean “citizens of USA”.
Americans are materialistic
All Americans can think about is money, and getting more money so they could buy, buy, buy! They judge everything by its economic value. Being rich and owning expensive things is the number one imperative for Americans. Being poor is seen as a moral failure. This is the most popular stereotype about Americans.
Americans are uneducated and ignorant
Americans are not interested in education. They don’t read books. They can’t name any famous painters. They think Beethoven is a cute St. Bernard dog. They can’t even find their own country on a map. The only reason some Americans go to college is to get high paying jobs so they could have more money to buy things.
Their lack of intellectual curiosity makes them ignorant about other cultures, places, or, basically, anything that has nothing to do with their own life or USA. They think people who have different customs are “weird” and assume everyone on the Internet is American.
Americans eat fast food only, and get obese fast. But there are Americans who don’t want to be obese, so they get 23534 plastic surgeries to be thin.
Americans have no history or tradition
Except for Native Americans, who make 1% of population, Americans have no history. Their country was founded less than 250 years ago! Also, Americans have no real tradition, and no culture in any coherent sense of the word.
Americans have no moral values
Since they have no history or tradition, and their main value is money, it’s logical that their moral values are deeply skewed. They leave their kids with teenage babysitters, and can’t wait to get rid of them the moment they turn 18. You rarely see your parents once you grow up, let alone your extended family.
Americans are oversexed and loose, though they are scared of seeing naked people in films and they strongly prefer to watch people getting killed instead. They even let their kids watch this! That’s how Americans become violent (there are crimes everywhere and everybody owns a gun).
Americans want their country to be world’s policeman
Americans believe all the world needs their help, even if it means military intervention, and civilian casualties. Only when their soldiers begin to die in large numbers, Americans start protesting against military intervention.
Some of these stereotypes are more popular than the others, and some are not about Americans only. For example, believing people in other groups don’t have “proper” values is pretty universal. Some of the listed stereotypes assume all Americans are rich and white, though many people believe that your class or race don’t make you immune to these things.