Ugly Americans

And once again, the US has shown the world it is a country populated by bigots and morons. Obviously not all Americans… although given the number of people supporting things like Romney, and the Tea Party, one does have to wonder.

I’ve written in the past how the bottom half of American society came out after the Japanese earthquake in 2011, calling it revenge for Pearl Harbor. And again, after Japan won the women’s World Cup, saying things like “You won the cup, but we nuked Hiroshima!”

Well, the USA won the Olympic gold medal for football, by beating Japan… and the scumbags crawled out of their swamps again. Not content with beating their chests and launching into the tedious, nauseous “USA! USA! USA!” jingoistic crap, they need to tear open old wounds… ironically on the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing.

“USA Women take Gold over Japan… yeah take that Japan… that’s for Pearl Harbor!”

“Let’s just say that was payback for Pearl Harbor, Japan.”

That’s just two examples. It’s as if bombing the shit out of the country, killing millions of its citizens and nuking it into submission wasn’t enough. No, they have to wait 60-odd years and then win a football match, in order to really drive home the point.

Pride of place must go to a dribbling moron, called Alyssa Koenigsberg:

Suck it Japs! Haven’t felt this good about beating Japan since Hiroshima.

Now, considering the fact that the ignorant bitch looks about 18, and therefore wasn’t even around for the bombing of Hiroshima, I’m guessing she’s never felt good in her life.  Probably because the filthy little racist doesn’t have the brain capacity to do so.

However, this isn’t all Americans thankfully. There are still good and decent people out there. However, it is a sign of the underlying stupidity, ignorance, bigotry and outright hatred that seems to be bubbling below the surface of American society.

It’s not just about comparing a football match to mass destruction and loss of life. It’s about advocating that a teenaged girl who stood up for what the Constitution says, be beaten, raped and murdered. It’s about denying a section of the population basic human rights because they are “different” to these morons. It’s about voting into power people who are openly bigoted. It’s about accusing the President of trampling on the Constitution, whilst preparing to do exactly the same when it comes to separating church and state.

It’s about being an ignorant moron.

And there more of them there are in America, the faster the country is going to turn into a backwards theocracy, run for the benefit of the corporations’ bottom line and not its citizens.

About PsyGremlin

PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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16 Responses to Ugly Americans

  1. AD says:

    I’m not sure it’s appropriate or wise to publicly and permanently castigate people for being irreverent on their Facebook accounts. These are not influential or prominent people, they’re just folks being mildly offensive on their Facebook.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      I disagree. As I’ve always said – with the beloved right to freedom of speech, comes the responsibility attached to that right.

      If somebody is going to spout stupid, ignorant, hateful stuff on a public forum, then they should be held accountable. The Japan Daily Press did the right thing in publishing the names. Just because these people are nobodies doesn’t mean they get to hide their bigotry behind anonymity. They published under their own name, they can be held accountable under their own name.

      • AD says:

        They can be – I just don’t think they should be.

        Imagine a thirteen-year-old girl. She’s laughing and having fun with her friends, and they’re actually watching the soccer match. She’s excited and exuberant at the victory of her country’s team, and so she posts something ill-considered on Facebook. Maybe not even ill-considered – it’s downright ignorant, evoking an event that is no less tragic for the seven decades that have passed. It’s stupid of her, of course, but it’s just her Facebook account, with her dozen close friends and her little brother who will probably see it.

        In only a few years, she’ll really learn about World War 2. She’ll watch the Ken Burns documentary about the war, and learn that what she had thought was just a stupid little thing from the distant past was a very real act of horror. She’ll see the slides of children born blind, and women with keloids scarring their chests. She’ll learn of the death of so many, and the vicious inhumanity of the war that preceded it.

        But she has an unusual name. And so it doesn’t matter what she learns, or how stupid she is, or how badly out of context it might be to pull her Facebook status from that moment. None of that matters, because whenever you search for her name, this page is one of the highest results. It might drop down from the first page of results, even all the way to the third page after a local news story is run in the hometown paper about the girl’s watercolor paintings. But here and now you have ironed into permanency a moment of foolishness by a private young person.

        Yes, there is freedom of speech. And yes: there should be responsibility in using it.

        • PsyGremlin says:

          Sorry no. You can post ‘Yay! We kicked their ass! USA! USA! USA!” but to go and bring it up as payback for Pearl Harbor, or a reminder of Hiroshima is patently stupid, ignorant and more than a bit racist. Plus, those posts are not on Facebook, they’re on Twitter and hash-tagged, so clearly they were meant to be put out there.

          Did anybody go ‘That’s for the Boston Tea party!” when Team GB beat the USA. Did Japan go “You bomb us, we kick your ass” when they beat the US? No. Because for most countries, the Olympics are about taking part, about national pride. But not for Ugly Americans.

          It’s something ugly within the Yank psyche that brings this sort of thing to the fore. This is not an isolated event. The same thing happened after the earthquake, the same thing happened after Japan won the World Cup.

          This is not some dumb-ass 13-year-old making a moronic post. This is a sector of US society that has a serious fucking problem.

          • AD says:

            I’m not defending what was said, I’m pointing out that this public and permanent excoriation is not an intelligent response. It adds nothing to call out these people by name, except to forever tarnish their name with an ineradicable little touch of shame. You should think twice before taking that weight of judgment.

            I would think your post unremarkable were it not for your particular insistence on naming names. It would serve your point exactly as well to refer to Alyssa K.

            • PsyGremlin says:

              The original article named names – the screenshots are from there.

              And why shouldn’t morons be named and shamed? Full marks to the newspaper for doing that. It was a vicious, malicious act and regardless of your example of some dumb 13-year-old (which I doubt she is), most of those people listed are old enough to know better.

              • AD says:

                You’re only responsible for what you do, not what the newspaper does.

                Fair enough, though. I’d hoped to get you to at least edit the page now. But you are very, very sure of yourself.

                • PsyGremlin says:

                  We’ll have to agree to disagree. Like you said, if what she’d posted was private – on Facebook, or in an e-mail, all very well and fine. The minute she posts, using her own name, on a public forum, then all bets are off.

  2. Steven says:

    I’m no expert but I think the whole “winning the war” and “nuking two of their cities into dust” thing would be sufficient payback for Pearl Harbour without having to wait over 60 years for an Olympic Gold Medal to serve as your pathetic brand of revenge.

  3. Walrus says:

    FWIW, if this WAS Facebook, I’d probably agree with AD above WRT privacy and about it only being for a “dozen close friends and her little brother” e.t.c. This is why blurs out the names and avatars of the people featured. Because sure, they’re stupid/ignorant/whatever. But they’re doing that in private. When my mum’s partner would rant against immigrants or the EU, I wouldn’t email the Guardian about it.

    However, this is Twitter. Posts on Twitter are considered public. You’re broadcasting your posts in a way that anyone can retweet, reply to, favourite, search for, unless you specifically mark your account as private (in which case people can’t even read your tweets unless they follow you, and even then you have to confirm them as a follower).

    TL;DR: I’ve got no problem with publicising Twitter posts.

    P.S. if I do have any complaint about “naming and shaming” here, it’s that “Alyssa Koningsberg” isn’t her name. It’s “Alyssa Koenigsberg” 😛

    • PsyGremlin says:

      Whoops – I guess if I’m going to call somebody out, I should at least use their proper name! Thanks for catching that.

  4. Tom Reeves says:

    So what if they are over exuberant teenagers or any other shade of apologist nonsense. Like Mensi said, fascism doesn’t begin with death camps. Calling a racist jerk out early saves pain later on.

    Nice one Psy.

  5. Summer Seale says:

    I’ll be succinct:

    They are complete assholes for posting what they did, and you’re right to call them out on it and humiliate them in public.

  6. A.I. says:

    ugh. racist people suck. If they objectify people by sticking a dismissive label on an entire group, they don’t have to think of them as human, as real people. disagree with A.D. – so what if she is a young girl, it’s never too early to start thinking about being a decent human being, and we should call out mindless racism wherever we see it, no matter the age of the person. in fact, the younger the better before their minds are irretrivably set and locked into a racist way of thinking.

  7. IamRedwhite&Blue says:

    Ugly Americans? You mean like the ones who bought the Obama campaign buttons which said “Once you vote black, you don’t go back”?

    • PsyGremlin says:

      And what, pray, is wrong with that exactly? Apart from the fact you can’t stand having a Black Man in the White House?

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