Question of the Day

What Do People Think About America?

By Monica Heisey

Apple pie. The word “freedom” applied as a prefix to literally anything. Red, white, and blue. Rich, old, white men. Hollywood. The American Dream. These are all things that you might associate with the United States of America. Yesterday we celebrated our 236th year as an independent country, free from the clutches of our hag mother, Great Britain. There were fireworks, picnics, and widespread parties across celebrating how incredibly awesome we are. But what does the rest of the world think of us? We asked a bunch of Brits if they give a fuck about America. 


Matthew, from London.

VICE: Do you give a fuck about America?
Matthew:
Not really, no.

How come?
They’re a bunch of ignorants.

Do you have many American friends?
A few. Some of them are very stupid.

What would you say to America?
Be more like Canada.


Lauren, from Leeds, did not want to be pictured, so here is a cute dog that we saw nearby!

What a cute dog. Do you give a fuck about America?
Lauren:
Not one. What a bunch of jerk-offs. You can print that.

Anything else to add?
Fuck ‘em.

Bold words for someone who's too scared to have her photo next to them.


Daniel (right), from Romford and Megan, from Kent.

Do you give a fuck about America?
Daniel: I do. I went to New York during Christmas once. We went skating in Central Park and it was lovely.
Megan: I went during Christmas, too. New York is like a fairy tale.

OK, but is there anything about America that you like, other than New York?
Daniel:
I’ve also been to Florida.


Mike (left), from London
.

Do you give a fuck about America?
Mike:
I do, yeah.

Did you do anything for the Fourth, yesterday?
I had a big lunch. It was a nice day off, really. American Independence Day means that business is generally quieter in London with dollar-denominated products.

Great. Do you think Americans have a bit of a bad rep in the UK?
[Off-camera friend]:
Nah, they’re fine. The French, on the other hand, are a bunch of assholes.


Gareth, 33, Bristol.

Do you give a fuck about America?
Gareth:
No. I’m not really interested.

Why not?
Just what they’ve done to the planet, with the wars, etc.

What would you say the average American is like?
Gullible.


Marion, from London.

Do you give a fuck about America?
Marion:
No, I don’t care. You’re not from the Revenue office, are you?

Nope. Do you have any opinions on Americans?
Well, you are one, so I can’t say.

I’m actually Canadian.


Paul, from London.

Do you give a fuck about America?
Paul:
No, I don’t. I respect it, though.

Even though they just celebrated the British army's massive failure to maintain control of its colonies?
Is that what Independence Day is? I didn't even know. That says a lot about me, I guess.

Seeing as though you're such an authority, what would you say a typical American is like?
Very courteous. Way more courteous than British people.

Did you do anything to celebrate Independence Day?
No, I didn't. I probably wouldn’t celebrate British Independence Day either, though.

Previously - Who Is the Greatest American?

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