"Hollywood infected your brain
You wanted kissing in the rain, oh, oh
Living in a movie scene
Puking American dreams, oh, oh
I'm obsessed with the mess that's America"
—Marina And The Diamonds, "Hollywood"
“Can you believe it? Fifty miles from McDonald's. I didn't think there was anywhere in the world that was fifty miles from McDonald's.”
Capt. Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck— maybe even a 'recreational vehicle.' And drive from state to state... In winter I will live in Arizona. (rethinks it) Actually, I think I will need two wives.
Captain Ramius: Oh, at least.
"When you're working, I make all of your decisions for you. Even when you go to the lavatory."
"We're not in the States," the boss said, his voice becoming dangerously polite.
— Boris and Ignat, The Night Watch
Hooligan: This is an illegal arrest! I wasn't read my rights!
Lieutenant Pöysti: They don't read you your rights in Finland, idiot!
—Pasila, Finnish cop show
Graham: I plead the Fifth.
"Europe doesn't fear our military or economic prowess, rather it is Henry Ford who gives them the shivers... By Americanization it means Fordizations—and not only in industry but also in politics, art and even religion."
"You know, in more than half a century of reading the mainstream American press, I have yet to a read a story that reported on any good news of any other society. If Swedish education and daycare centers are better than ours, it is because half the population must periodically commit suicide."
"Where once we were the dragons on the map schisming the known world, now we are the very mouth of the Ouroboros, clamped down tight upon ourselves. If we are a global superpower and exceptional, it is because we are a cipher, the still blank part of the map that connects one end to the other....When all roads lead somewhere, that place is no longer a place."
"As Americans we can serve as warnings to other nations... We have something to offer the world as a generation; we must offer the real picture of America, a nation divided under class and race. Here in Germany the people joke that things have become more Americanized, i.e. a deteriorating situation for for the working and middle classes. The low-pay sector in Germany has grown since the Social Democratic Party enacted neoliberal reform under former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. As I like to say, 'Don’t do it like we do, please.'"