All I'm doing is advocating that people take it with a grain of salt. Do ya'll say that over here? I can't remember if I've heard that idiom over here or not.
Anyway, what I mean is this: as someone who has lived there and seen the reality, I don't think it was depicted very clearly or accurately. And I'm talking about the reality for yes, poor people in America- which is what this documentary was supposed to depict.
Instead, I felt that it went down the sensationalist, snapshot route, all the while banging on about how all of this poverty has come to pass and exploded during President Obama's four years of leadership.
I have no idea what interest the BBC has in making sure Obama is not re-elected - maybe none- but I will tell you that whoever wrote this script could easily have worked for any current Republican candidate for US President campaign.
There wasn't even a mention of the situation and deficit he inherited. It was all about how Obama has not fulfilled any of his promises to the American people and how much we are all suffering as a result.
And in terms of me feeling beset upon by the Brits at work - I think it's funny. Yesterday I was saying how much I like custard creams - we have a policy that everyone brings in cookies (biscuits) for everyone to share and I said, 'I LOVE these cookies, oh sorry, biscuits - they remind me of Vienna fingers - this cookie we have in America that I've always loved and Ian and Andy were like, 'VIENNA FINGERS!!! You can't call these VIENNA FINGERS!!! Vienna fingers are blah-blah-blah....what you're describing are custard creams - why don't you all just call them that?!' as if we in America are committing blasphemy by daring to call our cookies something else.
I just said, 'Look - you don't have to tell me. I know - everying thing in America is wrong - everything in England is right. England good - America bad...I got it. And I promise, I will never ever, ever again enter this house of Anglicized language and blaspheme by using American terms for such sacred national and cultural treasures as custard creams because I can see that it so offends your sensibilities and sense of what is wrong and right that it throws you all into a tailspin from which you might never recover.
And I thank GOD I moved to this country and saw the light - I was doing everything WRONG for over 40 YEARS! And I didn't even know I was doing everything wrong and calling things the wrong names. I even called the hood of a car a hood instead of a bonnet! How could I have survived for so long like that?! And how do 300,000,000 people survive every day not knowing they live in such appalling ignorance? I just don't know...'
We were all rolling on the floor laughing by the end of it and I walked out happily eating another differently shaped (oblong instead of curved at the ends) vienna finger - oh I mean - custard cream.
I'll tell you what I think - American's innately 'flexible' - Brits - somewhat innately rigid.
But I like alot of ya'll just the same.
You Brits crack me up- and I mean that in the kindest way. I have laughed more in the past seven years of my life than I don't know what - mostly at the delicious absurdities that become so apparent when two cultures collide. I DO like and appreciate the absurd.
But lets put it this way, anyone who watched that documentary and thought - 'Oh my god, America looks like Beiruit!' would have been just as fooled as those around the world who have never been to England and watch footage of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and think, 'they're all kings and queens and speak with posh accents over there- oh yeah - except for Ringo.