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4th May '16 5:21:17 AM franskaflikan
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In fact, the Cringe is so exacerbated that it gets its very own word: ''Malinchismo'', which doesn't exist anywhere else in the Spanish speaking world.[[note]]"Malinchismo" refers to "La Malinche," an indian female slave who was given as a gift to conquistador Hernan Cortes by the indians, became his mistress, and served as translator for his party with the tribes that they met. Post-colonial governments, though ''at least'' as white-dominated and oppressive of the Indians as the Spanish, vilified her as a "traitor", in what's basically the standard ex-colonial variation on standard [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_nationalism romantic nationalist mythology]], except with extra misogyny.[[/note]]

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In fact, the Cringe is so exacerbated that it gets its very own word: ''Malinchismo'', which doesn't exist anywhere else in the Spanish speaking world. There's also the fact that even though country has a rich and proud history, most mexicans find themselves at odds and claim that it was better in the Old Times or someone does it better than us.[[note]]"Malinchismo" refers to "La Malinche," an indian female slave who was given as a gift to conquistador Hernan Cortes by the indians, became his mistress, and served as translator for his party with the tribes that they met. Post-colonial governments, though ''at least'' as white-dominated and oppressive of the Indians as the Spanish, vilified her as a "traitor", in what's basically the standard ex-colonial variation on standard [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_nationalism romantic nationalist mythology]], except with extra misogyny.[[/note]] As an example of Malinchismo before and after, Porfirio Diaz, the "last" dictator, took a lot of French imagery in order to bring progress to Mexico and reformed the educational and military system to equate the Prussian on; even today the government made damn sure that you felt proud of being a Mexican, and most of the Malinchismo is in-land because once you're out you claim to be proud, leading to the feeling that it's better to be a Mexican outside Mexico.
10th Feb '16 8:52:44 PM MachiNami
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[[folder: The Cringe in Argentina]]
Even though most Argentinians suffer from bad cases of egocentric nationalism, there are others that live on the opposite extreme, always feeling inferior and trying to compare the country with some European powers like Germany. The quantity of this individuals varies depending on the generation but they usually appear in times of economic crisis. Other variant are the Argentinians that are a-bi-too-pride of their European heritage and will deprecate their country (this is specially common among those of German and French ethnicity).
It should be noted that the ones most prone to this kind of behaviour are more often than not members of middle to high classes of the Argentinian population.
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15th Jan '16 6:46:50 AM Anddrix
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These are some of the reasons French people seriously fear the long-term decline of French culture ; ironically, much of this fear is also a reaction against government efforts initially intended to ''promote'' French culture, as many French find these efforts to be ill-advised in some way or another ; for example, French people often find they have much unoriginal music, and fictions of deplorable quality (especially less than stellar TV series), with an overabundance of [[LeFilmArtistique pseudo-auteur films]] aimed at an urban upper class audience and [[ViewersAreMorons bad comedies aimed at uncultured people]].

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These are some of the reasons French people seriously fear the long-term decline of French culture ; ironically, much of this fear is also a reaction against government efforts initially intended to ''promote'' French culture, as many French find these efforts to be ill-advised in some way or another ; for example, French people often find they have much unoriginal music, and fictions of deplorable quality (especially less than stellar TV series), with an overabundance of [[LeFilmArtistique pseudo-auteur films]] aimed at an urban upper class audience and [[ViewersAreMorons bad comedies aimed at uncultured people]].
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American self-image has also struggled [[TheWarOnTerror since the Iraq War]], which in their country has stirred up a political storm akin to [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the one they had in Vietnam]]. In social situations with foreigners it's not uncommon for Americans to refer to their country as if it were AmericaTheBoorish (in other words, the "[[TooDumbToLive brainless]] [[FatBastard obese]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil barbarians]]" flavor) and express [[BoomerangBigot loathing for their more militaristic and jingoistic countrymen]]. It is not at all uncommon, especially on the Internet, for Americans with left-leaning views to lament that their country is seemingly run by crazy [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalists]] in alliance with an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney oligarchy of]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s[[note]] To be fair, their 2000 richest people ''do'' own about 1/5 of their entire country's wealth. It could be argued that those people earn their wealth by providing valued services, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but such a debate has no place on this page.]][[/note]], supported by [[ViewersAreMorons a willfully ignorant, moronic, exploitative, and greedy middle class that gorges itself on soulless, commercialized pop culture, all of which needs to be burned down.]] These left-wing Americans will then hold up either the Nordic countries in Europe with very strong government control or Socialist "Bolivarian" Latin American Countries (Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador) as examples of countries that are better than America in every way, often ignoring the inconvenient facts that their societal models aren't universally applicable and the latter places have problems of their own . Many will outright reject any "Americana" with subversive counterculture and actions (flag burning, "fuck America", [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking punk rock]], "culture jamming", et cetera).

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American self-image has also struggled [[TheWarOnTerror since the Iraq War]], which in their country has stirred up a political storm akin to [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the one they had in Vietnam]]. In social situations with foreigners it's not uncommon for Americans to refer to their country as if it were AmericaTheBoorish (in other words, the "[[TooDumbToLive brainless]] [[FatBastard obese]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil barbarians]]" flavor) and express [[BoomerangBigot loathing for their more militaristic and jingoistic countrymen]]. It is not at all uncommon, especially on the Internet, for Americans with left-leaning views to lament that their country is seemingly run by crazy [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalists]] in alliance with an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney oligarchy of]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s[[note]] To be fair, their 2000 richest people ''do'' own about 1/5 of their entire country's wealth. It could be argued that those people earn their wealth by providing valued services, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but such a debate has no place on this page.]][[/note]], supported by [[ViewersAreMorons a willfully ignorant, moronic, exploitative, and greedy middle class that gorges itself on soulless, commercialized pop culture, all of which needs to be burned down.]] down. These left-wing Americans will then hold up either the Nordic countries in Europe with very strong government control or Socialist "Bolivarian" Latin American Countries (Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador) as examples of countries that are better than America in every way, often ignoring the inconvenient facts that their societal models aren't universally applicable and the latter places have problems of their own . Many will outright reject any "Americana" with subversive counterculture and actions (flag burning, "fuck America", [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking punk rock]], "culture jamming", et cetera).
4th Jan '16 4:17:12 AM Morgenthaler
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Funnily enough, this didn't happen with Australian popular music. Bands like [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]] grew in the 'pub rock' scene of the 70s and early 80s, with many notable Australian artists such as MidnightOil, Hunters and Collectors, and ColdChisel being phenomenally popular within Australia but virtually unheard of elsewhere. This can also work to partly explain the Australian national fixation with sport, sporting events being an area in which Australians also typically excel on the international level.

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Funnily enough, this didn't happen with Australian popular music. Bands like [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]] Music/{{ACDC}} grew in the 'pub rock' scene of the 70s and early 80s, with many notable Australian artists such as MidnightOil, Music/MidnightOil, Hunters and Collectors, and ColdChisel Music/ColdChisel being phenomenally popular within Australia but virtually unheard of elsewhere. This can also work to partly explain the Australian national fixation with sport, sporting events being an area in which Australians also typically excel on the international level.
29th Dec '15 8:30:43 PM Willbyr
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!!Works involving Cultural Cringe

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!!Works involving Cultural Cringe
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* ''SakigakeOtokojuku'', an anime that frequently [[TestosteronePoisoning lampoons Japanese nationalism]].

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* ''SakigakeOtokojuku'', ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'', an anime that frequently [[TestosteronePoisoning lampoons Japanese nationalism]].
10th Dec '15 11:48:31 AM FF32
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMHdGBz2AqI This sketch]] from ''TheKidsInTheHall''.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMHdGBz2AqI This sketch]] from ''TheKidsInTheHall''.''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''.
8th Nov '15 5:21:06 PM DavidDelony
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As time went on, Americans moved away from regarding British culture as setting the standard, although foreign plaudits have grown quite strong in many aspects of modern American culture--one common claim being that the United States has ''no'' unique history or culture, and that all of it was stolen from elsewhere (although this one's faded a little now that we have developed uniquely American art forms, Jazz and Comic books being the two most described.) Foreign media and pop culture (particularly Japanese and British) are regarded as superior to American varieties; it is ''difficult'' pulling off geek-cred without being a fan of something either British (''Doctor Who'') or Japanese (Anime, Tokusatsu). American television, be it news or entertainment, is commonly damned by many Americans as unoriginal, cheap, vapid, and sensationalist. Watching foreign films as opposed to Hollywood movies is seen as a mark of having better education. "Ethnic" cuisine is considered better than Anglo-American cuisine. Any time an American company decided to remake a foreign concept for American audiences, the initial response will be lukewarm at best and scathing at worst, with people wondering why we can't do anything original anymore. Even the American TV ''system'' isn't looked upon very highly, with the constant desperate fight for the highest possible ratings leaving people feeling like intelligent, well-written shows (and news media, to a lesser extent) don't stand a chance unless [[RatedMForMoney filled with gratuitous sex, violence, and bathroom humor]] {{pandering to the|base}} LowestCommonDenominator (the fact that this has been proven ''true'' on occasion, such as "Borg Babe" Seven of Nine saving ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' from an early cancellation, doesn't help matters.) American automobiles are also regarded as inferior to foreign ones--Japanese cars are considered better in terms of efficiency and European cars better in terms of luxury, the only real realm American cars can win in is power, with "good ol' American muscle cars" still being seen as king.

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As time went on, Americans moved away from regarding British culture as setting the standard, although foreign plaudits have grown quite strong in many aspects of modern American culture--one common claim being that the United States has ''no'' unique history or culture, and that all of it was stolen from elsewhere (although this one's faded a little now that we have developed uniquely American art forms, Jazz and Comic books being the two most described.) Foreign media and pop culture (particularly Japanese and British) are regarded as superior to American varieties; it is ''difficult'' pulling off geek-cred without being a fan of something either British (''Doctor Who'') or Japanese (Anime, Tokusatsu). American television, be it news or entertainment, is commonly damned by many Americans as unoriginal, cheap, vapid, and sensationalist. Watching foreign films as opposed to Hollywood movies is seen as a mark of having better education. Foreign English-language news sources like Creator/TheBBC and The Guardian are considered more trustworthy than American ones. "Ethnic" cuisine is considered better than Anglo-American cuisine. Any time an American company decided to remake a foreign concept for American audiences, the initial response will be lukewarm at best and scathing at worst, with people wondering why we can't do anything original anymore. Even the American TV ''system'' isn't looked upon very highly, with the constant desperate fight for the highest possible ratings leaving people feeling like intelligent, well-written shows (and news media, to a lesser extent) don't stand a chance unless [[RatedMForMoney filled with gratuitous sex, violence, and bathroom humor]] {{pandering to the|base}} LowestCommonDenominator (the fact that this has been proven ''true'' on occasion, such as "Borg Babe" Seven of Nine saving ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' from an early cancellation, doesn't help matters.) American automobiles are also regarded as inferior to foreign ones--Japanese cars are considered better in terms of efficiency and European cars better in terms of luxury, the only real realm American cars can win in is power, with "good ol' American muscle cars" still being seen as king.
29th Oct '15 2:59:38 PM DavidDelony
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A lot of left-wing white Americans also feel cringe at an ethnic level, as several of America's most distinctive musical forms: {{Jazz}}, RockAndRoll and HipHop were created by African-Americans, as well as the fact that the country is still dealing with the effects of slavery and Jim Crow. The attention toward police shootings of black people show that racism is still a major problem in the U.S.
24th Oct '15 11:02:13 AM nombretomado
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In more modern times, a belief has arisen in some quarters that the United States "does" pop culture like television and movies better, with extravagant praise for series like ''Series/TheWire'' (which was, of course, highly praised in the States too). The perception is that American movies and TV will ''always'' have a bigger budget and glossier production values and BritishBrevity is a result of having too little money to make 'proper' TV shows (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwKU54rO0U this]] bit from ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' where CharlieBrooker shows an American focus group some British TV and can barely contain his embarrassment). [[labelnote:''note'']]Funnily enough, Americans will occasionally use the same facts to make the exact '''opposite''' argument, that American shows hide behind their big-budget production values and British shows compensate for a lack of spectacle with better writing, and some view British Brevity as simply meaning less Filler, so this argument can just go in circles.[[/labelnote]] And the long-held belief that Brits have [[BritCom a more sophisticated sense of humour]] than Americans has been eroded by the importing of shows like ''TheSimpsons'' and ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''. British actors, directors, musicians and comedians are only really thought to have "made it" if they are known in the USA too. This is one reason why people like JohnLennon, Creator/StephenHawking, Creator/ChristopherNolan, Creator/KateWinslet, EddieIzzard, Creator/JohnCleese etc. are so beloved in the UK; ''Americans like them too!'' WebOriginal/DiamandaHagan [[labelnote:''note'']]who's actually from Northern Ireland, but as a result is technically British - long story[[/labelnote]] once described the majority of British television as "costume dramas, documentaries about how the United States did nothing to help win World War I, and stories about how great it was to rule most of the planet".

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In more modern times, a belief has arisen in some quarters that the United States "does" pop culture like television and movies better, with extravagant praise for series like ''Series/TheWire'' (which was, of course, highly praised in the States too). The perception is that American movies and TV will ''always'' have a bigger budget and glossier production values and BritishBrevity is a result of having too little money to make 'proper' TV shows (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwKU54rO0U this]] bit from ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' where CharlieBrooker shows an American focus group some British TV and can barely contain his embarrassment). [[labelnote:''note'']]Funnily enough, Americans will occasionally use the same facts to make the exact '''opposite''' argument, that American shows hide behind their big-budget production values and British shows compensate for a lack of spectacle with better writing, and some view British Brevity as simply meaning less Filler, so this argument can just go in circles.[[/labelnote]] And the long-held belief that Brits have [[BritCom a more sophisticated sense of humour]] than Americans has been eroded by the importing of shows like ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''.''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''. British actors, directors, musicians and comedians are only really thought to have "made it" if they are known in the USA too. This is one reason why people like JohnLennon, Music/JohnLennon, Creator/StephenHawking, Creator/ChristopherNolan, Creator/KateWinslet, EddieIzzard, Creator/JohnCleese etc. are so beloved in the UK; ''Americans like them too!'' WebOriginal/DiamandaHagan [[labelnote:''note'']]who's actually from Northern Ireland, but as a result is technically British - long story[[/labelnote]] once described the majority of British television as "costume dramas, documentaries about how the United States did nothing to help win World War I, and stories about how great it was to rule most of the planet".
24th Oct '15 1:57:37 AM TrevMUN
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The TropeNamer and TropeCodifier is Australian literary critic and social commentator A. A. Phillips, who coined the term in his 1950 essay ''"A.A. Phillips on The Cultural Cringe"'', where he observed this behavior - specifically Australian feelings of inferiority towards Britain - in rampant abundance among his contemporary fellow Australians. (This is also why it's a part of Australia's UsefulNotes, along with TallPoppySyndrome.) This trope is at least OlderThanRadio, though, enough so that among the people Creator/GilbertAndSullivan felt "[[Theatre/TheMikado would not be missed]]" was:

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The TropeNamer and TropeCodifier is Australian literary critic and social commentator A. A. Phillips, who coined the term in his 1950 essay ''"A."''A.A. Phillips on The Cultural Cringe"'', Cringe''," where he observed this behavior - specifically behavior--specifically Australian feelings of inferiority towards Britain - in Britain--in rampant abundance among his contemporary fellow Australians. (This is also why it's a part of Australia's UsefulNotes, along with TallPoppySyndrome.) This trope is at least OlderThanRadio, though, enough so that among the people Creator/GilbertAndSullivan felt "[[Theatre/TheMikado would not be missed]]" was:



The flip side of (and often combined with) a ForeignCultureFetish. Compare InternalizedCategorism, where the character starts hating themselves for being a part of a culture perceived by others as "bad", rather then merely seeing their culture as inferior to other cultures. See also BoomerangBigot, where the character might feel anything from their ethnicity to their species is inferior, rather than feeling their country and its culture ''specifically'' is inferior, in comparison to another country and its culture. See also CulturalRebel, who may or may not suffer from this trope. Also compare CargoCult. Compare StopBeingStereotypical, as something unique to a specific culture can end up being viewed as a stereotype by members of that culture. Contrast CulturalPosturing.

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The flip side of (and often combined with) a ForeignCultureFetish. Compare InternalizedCategorism, where the character starts hating themselves for being a part of a culture perceived by others as "bad", "bad," rather then merely seeing their culture as inferior to other cultures. See also BoomerangBigot, where the character might feel anything from their ethnicity to their species is inferior, rather than feeling their country and its culture ''specifically'' is inferior, in comparison to another country and its culture. See also CulturalRebel, who may or may not suffer from this trope. Also compare CargoCult. Compare StopBeingStereotypical, as something unique to a specific culture can end up being viewed as a stereotype by members of that culture. Contrast CulturalPosturing.



In more modern times, a belief has arisen in some quarters that the United States "does" pop culture like television and movies better, with extravagant praise for series like ''Series/TheWire'' (which was, of course, highly praised in the States too). The perception is that American movies and TV will ''always'' have a bigger budget and glossier production values and BritishBrevity is a result of having too little money to make 'proper' TV shows (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwKU54rO0U this]] bit from ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' where CharlieBrooker shows an American focus group some British TV and can barely contain his embarassment). [[labelnote:''note'']]Funnily enough, Americans will occasionally use the same facts to make the exact '''opposite''' argument, that American shows hide behind their big-budget production values and British shows compensate for a lack of spectacle with better writing, and some view British Brevity as simply meaning less Filler, so this argument can just go in circles.[[/labelnote]] And the long-held belief that Brits have [[BritCom a more sophisticated sense of humour]] than Americans has been eroded by the importing of shows like ''TheSimpsons'' and ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''. British actors, directors, musicians and comedians are only really thought to have "made it" if they are known in the USA too. This is one reason why people like JohnLennon, Creator/StephenHawking, Creator/ChristopherNolan, Creator/KateWinslet, EddieIzzard, Creator/JohnCleese etc. are so beloved in the UK; ''Americans like them too!'' WebOriginal/DiamandaHagan [[labelnote:''note'']]who's actually from Northern Ireland, but as a result is technically British - long story[[/labelnote]] once described the majority of British television as "costume dramas, documentaries about how the United States did nothing to help win World War I, and stories about how great it was to rule most of the planet".

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In more modern times, a belief has arisen in some quarters that the United States "does" pop culture like television and movies better, with extravagant praise for series like ''Series/TheWire'' (which was, of course, highly praised in the States too). The perception is that American movies and TV will ''always'' have a bigger budget and glossier production values and BritishBrevity is a result of having too little money to make 'proper' TV shows (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwKU54rO0U this]] bit from ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'' where CharlieBrooker shows an American focus group some British TV and can barely contain his embarassment).embarrassment). [[labelnote:''note'']]Funnily enough, Americans will occasionally use the same facts to make the exact '''opposite''' argument, that American shows hide behind their big-budget production values and British shows compensate for a lack of spectacle with better writing, and some view British Brevity as simply meaning less Filler, so this argument can just go in circles.[[/labelnote]] And the long-held belief that Brits have [[BritCom a more sophisticated sense of humour]] than Americans has been eroded by the importing of shows like ''TheSimpsons'' and ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''. British actors, directors, musicians and comedians are only really thought to have "made it" if they are known in the USA too. This is one reason why people like JohnLennon, Creator/StephenHawking, Creator/ChristopherNolan, Creator/KateWinslet, EddieIzzard, Creator/JohnCleese etc. are so beloved in the UK; ''Americans like them too!'' WebOriginal/DiamandaHagan [[labelnote:''note'']]who's actually from Northern Ireland, but as a result is technically British - long story[[/labelnote]] once described the majority of British television as "costume dramas, documentaries about how the United States did nothing to help win World War I, and stories about how great it was to rule most of the planet".



Because of four centuries living under other countries (first Denmark, then Sweden), Norwegians have a ''huge'' inferiority complex. The result is usually a tendency to establish every other nation as better than themselves, and ''can'' result in some major political screw-ups, because ''any'' idea figured out by USA/Sweden/France/Germany (take a pick) is better than anything the Norwegians can come up with ''themselves''. Cue a lot of confusion when the Americans/Swedes/french/germans actually ''abandon'' that particular train of thought because it didn`t work. Norway will happily try it for another decade, no matter how lame it is. American ideas have been particularly popular.
* When Norway was trying to (emphasis on ''trying'') to celebrate their centennial as a free nation in 2005, a debate occured, whether the jubilee should be labeled a "celebration" or just a "markation" of some kind. It seemed the government actually tried to avoid not offending Sweden, because Norway had broken up with them in 1905. The government also tried to avoid celebrating the break-up of a union, as the EU question was rather difficult, and the same government wanted to join. The whole discussion earned a lot of snarking, and a public feeling Norway actually had nothing to celebrate at all. Hilarity ensued when a Swedish newspaper pointed out that the Norwegian break-up actually encouraged the Swedish democracy to develop. The Norwegian officials went dead silent.

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Because of four centuries living under other countries (first Denmark, then Sweden), Norwegians have a ''huge'' inferiority complex. The result is usually a tendency to establish every other nation as better than themselves, and ''can'' result in some major political screw-ups, because ''any'' idea figured out by USA/Sweden/France/Germany (take a pick) is better than anything the Norwegians can come up with ''themselves''. Cue a lot of confusion when the Americans/Swedes/french/germans Americans/Swedes/French/Germans actually ''abandon'' that particular train of thought because it didn`t didn't work. Norway will happily try it for another decade, no matter how lame it is. American ideas have been particularly popular. \n

* When Norway was trying to (emphasis on ''trying'') to celebrate their centennial as a free nation in 2005, a debate occured, occurred, whether the jubilee should be labeled a "celebration" or just a "markation" of some kind. It seemed the government actually tried to avoid not offending Sweden, because Norway had broken up with them in 1905. The government also tried to avoid celebrating the break-up of a union, as the EU question was rather difficult, and the same government wanted to join. The whole discussion earned a lot of snarking, and a public feeling Norway actually had nothing to celebrate at all. Hilarity ensued when a Swedish newspaper pointed out that the Norwegian break-up actually encouraged the Swedish democracy to develop. The Norwegian officials went dead silent.



Spanish people also have a very low self-esteem when it comes to their own products outside of food: if it's "Made in Spain", it cannot be good. Ever. [[note]]What makes this especially odd is that 'if it's portuguese it can't be good' is also prevalent in Spain, as recently pointed out by the head of the INESE (the Spanish national insurance institute) who claimed that the reason the spanish insurance sector is 'in the stone age' is because the leading management and computer systems for insurance purposes in use throughout the world are made in Portugal so the Spanish refuse to use it.[[/note]]

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Spanish people also have a very low self-esteem when it comes to their own products outside of food: if it's "Made in Spain", it cannot be good. Ever. [[note]]What makes this especially odd is that 'if it's portuguese Portuguese it can't be good' is also prevalent in Spain, as recently pointed out by the head of the INESE (the Spanish national insurance institute) who claimed that the reason the spanish Spanish insurance sector is 'in the stone age' is because the leading management and computer systems for insurance purposes in use throughout the world are made in Portugal so the Spanish refuse to use it.[[/note]]



As time went on, Americans moved away from regarding British culture as setting the standard, although foreign plaudits have grown quite strong in many aspects of modern American culture--one common claim being that the United States has ''no'' unique history or culture, and that all of it was stolen from elsewhere (although this one's faded a little now that we have developed uniquely American art forms, Jazz and Comic books being the two most described.) Foreign media and pop culture (particularly Japanese and British) are regarded as superior to American varieties; it is ''difficult'' pulling off geek-cred without being a fan of something either British (''Doctor Who'') or Japanese (Anime, Tokusatsu). American television, be it news or entertainment, is commonly damned by many Americans as unoriginal, cheap, vapid, and sensationalistic. Watching foreign films as opposed to Hollywood movies is seen as a mark of having better education. "Ethnic" cuisine is considered better than Anglo-American cuisine. Any time an American company decided to remake a foreign concept for American audiences, the initial response will be lukewarm at best and scathing at worst, with people wondering why we can't do anything original anymore. Even the American TV ''system'' isn't looked upon very highly, with the constant desperate fight for the highest possible ratings leaving people feeling like intelligent, well-written shows (and news media, to a lesser extent) don't stand a chance unless [[RatedMForMoney filled with gratuitous sex, violence, and bathroom humor]] {{pandering to the|base}} LowestCommonDenominator (the fact that this has been proven ''true'' on occasion, such as "Borg Babe" Seven of Nine saving ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' from an early cancellation, doesn't help matters.) American automobiles are also regarded as inferior to foreign ones--Japanese cars are considered better in terms of efficiency and European cars better in terms of luxury, the only real realm American cars can win in is power, with "good ol' American muscle cars" still being seen as king.

American self-image has also struggled [[TheWarOnTerror since the Iraq War]], which in their country has stirred up a political storm akin to [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the one they had in Vietnam]]. In social situations with foreigners it's not uncommon for Americans to refer to their country as if it were AmericaTheBoorish (in other words, the "[[TooDumbToLive brainless]] [[FatBastard obese]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil barbarians]]" flavor) and express [[BoomerangBigot loathing for their more militaristic and jingoistic countrymen]]. It is not at all uncommon, especially on the Internet, for Americans with left-leaning views to lament that their country is seemingly run by crazy [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalists]] in alliance with an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney oligarchy of]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s[[note]] To be fair, their 2000 richest people ''do'' own about 1/5 of their entire country's wealth. It could be argued that those people earn their wealth by providing valued services, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but such a debate has no place on this page.]][[/note]], supported by [[ViewersAreMorons a willfully ignorant, moronic, exploitive, and greedy middle class that gorges itself on soulless, commercialized pop culture, all of which needs to be burned down.]] These left-wing Americans will then hold up either the Nordic countries in Europe with very strong government control or Socialist "Bolivarian" Latin American Countries (Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador) as examples of countries that are better than America in every way, often ignoring the inconvenient facts that their societal models aren't universally applicable and the latter places have problems of their own . Many will outright reject any "Americana" with subversive counterculture and actions (flag burning, "fuck America", [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking punk rock]], "culture jamming", et cetera).

Right-wing Americans who buy into the cultural cringe, on the other hand, tend to take the tack that America is in a moral or spiritual decay brought on by the spread of godless hedonism through public education, declining religious affiliation, and [[TheNewRockAndRoll Hollywood / rock and roll / video games / the Internet]], or even the way that women and homosexuals and people of non-European ethnicity have been made full citizens with the same rights under the law as the country's male ethnic-European population - and damn that Obummer for letting in darkies to steal our jobs![[note]]Though on the bright side The Rapture is happening soon (on account of these being The End Times) so it's not actually necessary to send these people to hell since God will do it himself in short order. Anyhow, these two varieties of the Cringe have a nasty habit of giving each other plenty of 'grist for the mill' (or 'things to argue about'), as the Americans like to say.[[/note]] During the worst parts of the economic crisis, this became so prevalent that people on both sides of the political spectrum started to claim that the country was in [[http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchapril_2012/on_political_books/the_rise_of_the_ameropessimist035860.php irreversible decline]] and doomed to go The Way Of Rome (ignoring the thousand-year continuation of the Roman Empire in what we call 'The Byzantine Empire' and various other nations inheriting a bit of Rome's power, and so on). This has even gotten to the point that many, many Americans fear that their government would gradually erase their freedoms and create a totalitarian nightmare ([[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies fascist, socialist, or any other strawman here]]) that would make [[CrapsackWorld Oceania]] of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' look like the Boy Scouts.

This humbler sense of self-worth is also appearing in American media: NationalStereotypingTropes like AmericaSavesTheDay are not simply being averted, but subverted more often. In many cases America is a FailureHero (for example, the plots of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' and the ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Red Alert]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' series of ''Command & Conquer'', where the U.S. causes problems or makes them worse, leaving heroes of other countries to clean up the mess), as making America an out-and-out hero would anger a great many people both at home and abroad - if only because of the hundreds of thousands of people the country's military's has killed in living memory e.g. TheVietnamWar. Increasingly American media tends towards a more mature mix of ''both'' {{Eagleland}} flavors (usually of the "America isn't perfect, but we try" variety) - one that is unsurprisingly rather palatable to the 95% of people who are not Americans (and many Americans too), who like to think that the people of the United States are like any other i.e. [[RousseauWasRight fundamentally good]], if sheltered and ill-led.

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As time went on, Americans moved away from regarding British culture as setting the standard, although foreign plaudits have grown quite strong in many aspects of modern American culture--one common claim being that the United States has ''no'' unique history or culture, and that all of it was stolen from elsewhere (although this one's faded a little now that we have developed uniquely American art forms, Jazz and Comic books being the two most described.) Foreign media and pop culture (particularly Japanese and British) are regarded as superior to American varieties; it is ''difficult'' pulling off geek-cred without being a fan of something either British (''Doctor Who'') or Japanese (Anime, Tokusatsu). American television, be it news or entertainment, is commonly damned by many Americans as unoriginal, cheap, vapid, and sensationalistic.sensationalist. Watching foreign films as opposed to Hollywood movies is seen as a mark of having better education. "Ethnic" cuisine is considered better than Anglo-American cuisine. Any time an American company decided to remake a foreign concept for American audiences, the initial response will be lukewarm at best and scathing at worst, with people wondering why we can't do anything original anymore. Even the American TV ''system'' isn't looked upon very highly, with the constant desperate fight for the highest possible ratings leaving people feeling like intelligent, well-written shows (and news media, to a lesser extent) don't stand a chance unless [[RatedMForMoney filled with gratuitous sex, violence, and bathroom humor]] {{pandering to the|base}} LowestCommonDenominator (the fact that this has been proven ''true'' on occasion, such as "Borg Babe" Seven of Nine saving ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' from an early cancellation, doesn't help matters.) American automobiles are also regarded as inferior to foreign ones--Japanese cars are considered better in terms of efficiency and European cars better in terms of luxury, the only real realm American cars can win in is power, with "good ol' American muscle cars" still being seen as king.

American self-image has also struggled [[TheWarOnTerror since the Iraq War]], which in their country has stirred up a political storm akin to [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the one they had in Vietnam]]. In social situations with foreigners it's not uncommon for Americans to refer to their country as if it were AmericaTheBoorish (in other words, the "[[TooDumbToLive brainless]] [[FatBastard obese]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil barbarians]]" flavor) and express [[BoomerangBigot loathing for their more militaristic and jingoistic countrymen]]. It is not at all uncommon, especially on the Internet, for Americans with left-leaning views to lament that their country is seemingly run by crazy [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalists]] in alliance with an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney oligarchy of]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s[[note]] To be fair, their 2000 richest people ''do'' own about 1/5 of their entire country's wealth. It could be argued that those people earn their wealth by providing valued services, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but such a debate has no place on this page.]][[/note]], supported by [[ViewersAreMorons a willfully ignorant, moronic, exploitive, exploitative, and greedy middle class that gorges itself on soulless, commercialized pop culture, all of which needs to be burned down.]] These left-wing Americans will then hold up either the Nordic countries in Europe with very strong government control or Socialist "Bolivarian" Latin American Countries (Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador) as examples of countries that are better than America in every way, often ignoring the inconvenient facts that their societal models aren't universally applicable and the latter places have problems of their own . Many will outright reject any "Americana" with subversive counterculture and actions (flag burning, "fuck America", [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking punk rock]], "culture jamming", et cetera).

Right-wing Americans who buy into the cultural cringe, on the other hand, tend to take the tack that America is in a moral or spiritual decay brought on by the spread of godless hedonism through public education, declining religious affiliation, and [[TheNewRockAndRoll Hollywood / rock and roll / video games / the Internet]], or even the way that women and homosexuals and people of non-European ethnicity have been made full citizens with the same rights under the law as the country's male ethnic-European population - and population--and damn that Obummer for letting in darkies to steal our jobs![[note]]Though on the bright side The Rapture is happening soon (on account of these being The End Times) so it's not actually necessary to send these people to hell since God will do it himself in short order. Anyhow, these two varieties of the Cringe have a nasty habit of giving each other plenty of 'grist for the mill' (or 'things to argue about'), as the Americans like to say.[[/note]] During the worst parts of the economic crisis, this became so prevalent that people on both sides of the political spectrum started to claim that the country was in [[http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchapril_2012/on_political_books/the_rise_of_the_ameropessimist035860.php irreversible decline]] and doomed to go The Way Of Rome (ignoring the thousand-year continuation of the Roman Empire in what we call 'The Byzantine Empire' and various other nations inheriting a bit of Rome's power, and so on). This has even gotten to the point that many, many Americans fear that their government would gradually erase their freedoms and create a totalitarian nightmare ([[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies fascist, socialist, or any other strawman here]]) that would make [[CrapsackWorld Oceania]] of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' look like the Boy Scouts.

This humbler low sense of self-worth is also appearing showing up in American media: media; NationalStereotypingTropes like AmericaSavesTheDay are not simply being averted, but subverted brutally and humiliatingly ''subverted'' more often. In many cases America is a FailureHero (for example, often (witness the plots of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' ''ModernWarfare'' and the ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Red Alert]]'' ''Red Alert'' and ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' ''Generals'' series of ''Command & Conquer'', ''CommandAndConquer'', where the U.S. causes United States seems to cause problems or makes make them worse, leaving heroes of other countries to clean up the mess), as making America an out-and-out hero would anger a great many people both at home and abroad - if only because of the hundreds of thousands of people the country's military's has killed in living memory e.g. TheVietnamWar. Increasingly American media tends towards a more mature mix of ''both'' {{Eagleland}} flavors (usually of the "America isn't perfect, but we try" variety) - one that is unsurprisingly rather palatable to the 95% of people who are not Americans (and many Americans too), who like to think that the people of the United States are like any other i.e. [[RousseauWasRight fundamentally good]], if sheltered and ill-led.mess).



* ''Anime/AxisPowersHetalia''. They make fun of ''everybody.''

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* ''Anime/AxisPowersHetalia''. They make The author makes fun of ''everybody.'' ''everybody'', his homeland included.



** Scott Thompson transfers this trope to Canada (where KITH is produced) saying that Canadians burn thier flags all the time- to keep warm. He then proceeds to pull a tiny Canadian flag out of his pocket and blow his nose into it.

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** Scott Thompson transfers this trope to Canada (where KITH is produced) saying that Canadians burn thier their flags all the time- to time--to keep warm. He then proceeds to pull a tiny Canadian flag out of his pocket and blow his nose into it.
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