People Outside The US Share What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Their Countries And Continents
Enough with the Eiffel Tower views from every window. What Hollywood gets wrong about other countries is... a lot, according to people who live in those places. Foreign country stereotypes have many US viewers thinking British people are all posh and Canadians are all saints. Wrong and wrong.
People on Reddit who are not from the United States but like US movies and TV shows willingly shared ways their country has been stereotyped, misinterpreted, or turned a strange color.
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Everything In Mexico And South America Has A Sepia/Yellowish/Orange HuePhoto: Traffic / USA Films
From Redditor u/negrote1000:
That yellow filter.
From Redditor u/guardianjuan:
That my world changes to sepia once I enter my country.
From Redditor u/matheuswhite:
South America isn't orange.
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Africa Is A Country, And People Walk Around Unclothed Carrying SpearsPhoto: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls / Warner Bros.
From Redditor u/textile1957:
Africa isn't a country; it's a continent... We don't live in huts and don't have pet lions. We also don't wear animal skin as clothes, and those who do, do it by choice.
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French People Wear Berets
From Redditor u/popoww:
If you see people wearing a beret in France, 99.9999999% of them are tourists.
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Irish Women All Have Flowing Red Hair And Wear Ethereal ClothingPhoto: Leap Year / Universal Pictures
From Redditor u/YeahWTF20:
Hollywood: All Irish females are willowy ethereal dream girls with flowy red hair wearing this long droopy 1940s dress under a little thin cardigan your nana wouldn't be seen dead in, and flash their blue eyes flirtatiously at you on some rocky hillside.
In reality: All Irish women wear fleece jackets over [a] fake tan, and just want you to buy them curry chips.
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It’s Always Cold And Snowy In RussiaPhoto: Red Sparrow / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/_Weyland_:
It's not constantly snowing here in Russia. Damn, it can even get hot in here... And we have some southern regions, too.
Also, our country does not consist only of Moscow and military bases, separated by unpopulated forests and fields.
From a Redditor:
If it’s summer in the US, then it’s summer in Russia. I’m not a stickler for truth in movies, but dammit, if you’re showing a sunny summer day in a green-as-can-be Central Park in New York, then there can’t be a blizzard over Red Square in Moscow. Come on people...
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Spain Is Full Of Quaint Villages Where People Are Great Lovers And DancersPhoto: Mission: Impossible II / Paramount Pictures
From Redditor u/metroxed:
Everything, basically. Spaniards are always portrayed as extremely tanned and/or olive-skinned, dark-haired, guitar-playing, paella-eating, flamenco-dancing bullfighters or passionate lovers. Extra points if they have an exaggerated accent and are also good Latin dancers (mixing Latin American/Caribbean stereotypes with Spain).
Spain, like Italy, is often displayed as a place full of vineyards with quaint villages. Or going the complete opposite and displaying it almost like a Third World country, or a place stuck in the Middle Ages with elements that remind us more of Latin America than Spain.
Oh, and the many times a supposedly Spanish character speaks Spanish with [a] Latin American accent.