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  • - Hi, we're Joel and Lia.

  • - And this video is stereotypes

  • that British people have about Americans

  • - [Together] Debunked!

  • (laughs loudly)

  • - So we've taken inspiration from a website called

  • Matador Network and this is listing

  • some stereotypes that we Brits have about Americans.

  • But based on this article and our inexperiences,

  • we know that lots of these stereotypes

  • aren't actually true.

  • - So we're gonna debunk them! - So we're gonna discuss it.

  • - We're gonna debunk them. - Debunk them!

  • - Consider yourself debunked.

  • (laughs loudly)

  • - Like the article calls it like, busted!

  • And we were like what's a more Joel and Lia word for that?

  • - [Together] Debunked.

  • - So the first stereotype is that

  • all Americans love McDonald's.

  • - Wrong, they love Wendy's, In-N-Out Burger...

  • - [Together] Chick-fil-A...

  • - Whataburger...

  • - Jack in the Box...

  • - Well that might be true, but that's a stereotype as well.

  • Not just McDonald's but they love all fast food.

  • And it's probably because it stemmed from America.

  • Loads of these brands that we just mentioned

  • are all American brands.

  • - Yeah.

  • And also, it's not that people love that food,

  • it's that that what's so readily available I would think.

  • - Yeah, definitely.

  • - It's just like well what other choice is there really?

  • - I know, true.

  • - There's like fast food everywhere.

  • - Fast food all over the place,

  • but saying that, there is also a whole

  • wide variety of like...

  • - Genres. - Types of food.

  • Genres of food, like you guys have

  • amazing Mexican food, you have amazing, like,

  • Lebanese food, Thai food, there's so many

  • different foods in America that I think

  • we Brits just go, ew fast food is America.

  • - Yep. - But actually it's

  • a whole load of different things.

  • - Yeah definitely, and like some of the best food

  • might be out of like a van or something.

  • - Yeah, like street food. - Like a street food.

  • But yeah, certainly all Americans love McDonald's...

  • - [Together] Not true.

  • - Brits need to stop saying that.

  • We love McDonald's. - Yeah.

  • We would probably say before like,

  • oh Americans love McDonald's and they love making it

  • bigger, better, larger. - Yeah.

  • - And I know a lot of their portion sizes are bigger, but.

  • - Yeah, but still, we're learning,

  • we're learning more about America.

  • - Okay, next stereotype is that Americans are lazy

  • and they drive everywhere.

  • - I guess it is true Americans do

  • drive everywhere and they have huge cars,

  • loads of gas, loads of fumes, loads of pollution...

  • - Yeah.

  • - But they kind of need to. - Yeah.

  • - We've experienced that. - Like it's...

  • - You can't not have a car.

  • - I know, like we were just like

  • oh, the supermarket's only,

  • it's only a 10 minute walk away.

  • So we walk there from where we're staying

  • in Austin to the supermarket and we just

  • find ourself walking along a motorway.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Like we're literally just walking

  • along this massive main road. - Yeah.

  • And sometimes the pavement will just,

  • or sidewalk, will just come to an end.

  • - They stop.

  • - And you're like... - The sidewalk's finished.

  • - What am I supposed to do?

  • - It's not, so it's actually not really an option.

  • - No.

  • - To just walk everywhere.

  • - And so like Lia said before, knowing much about America,

  • we would've just been like you guys are lazy,

  • you don't walk anywhere, but now we know

  • actually that's not the case.

  • - You can't, just can't.

  • - You just can't. - You just can't.

  • - And it's so spread out. - Yeah.

  • - Like everywhere there's so much space in America.

  • - I was listening to a podcast and

  • a girl was saying she's an actress and comedian.

  • She had like a meeting in LA, she had two meetings.

  • And they were only 20 minutes walk apart from each other

  • and she was like I'll just walk.

  • And like the people she was around were like

  • that is outrageous.

  • She's like, oh, I'm just going to walk it.

  • Got her maps out on her phone and was walking

  • in the heat, like the hottest day ever,

  • along this, yeah, basically motorway.

  • - Yeah.

  • - On the side of the road and people were just like

  • what is... - You're mental.

  • - Yeah, you're mental just get an Uber.

  • - I mean we do love walking, but it's because

  • we just assume that it would be like it is in England.

  • - Yeah. - Really pedestrian friendly,

  • nice, normal weather, (sighs loudly)

  • not extremes of weather.

  • - I just love London not in that if we,

  • you know if you are walking from one place to the next

  • everywhere, it's just like. - Yeah.

  • - You can. - You just can.

  • - Yeah, and we got an email. - Yeah.

  • - From someone saying I've hired a car

  • and I'm going to London, like. - Yeah.

  • - And we were literally, well,

  • it wasn't an email, it was actually on the livestream.

  • - Yeah, on a livestream.

  • - And I think we were like just take the car back.

  • - Yeah, just return the car. - Use public transport.

  • - You don't need it. - [Together] Yeah.

  • - It's the opposite.

  • When we go to America, everyone's like you need a car.

  • And we're like, no! - No, we don't!

  • - It's the opposite way, Americans are like we need a car,

  • and we're like no, honestly you don't.

  • (laughs loudly)

  • - Yeah. - Yeah, so that's that one.

  • - Debunked. - Debunked!

  • - So the other stereotype that all Brits have,

  • we've said it before, is that all Americans

  • are super, super, super patriotic

  • and they're all like America first, America first.

  • - I don't really know if I can debunk that

  • because I feel like a lot of them that we've met are.

  • - Yeah, not it's true.

  • - So I might have to agree.

  • Oh no, you know we can't say that everyone is on thing.

  • There's not one thing that everyone will agree on ever.

  • - No.

  • - But I say a majority are.

  • - I think that, like this article explains it as well,

  • and I think loads of Americans are

  • and they are a lot more patriotic than Brits are.

  • - Yeah.

  • - But there are loads of Americans

  • that are just really interested in other countries

  • especially because most Americans came

  • from other countries. - Yeah.

  • - That they're all interested in learning about cultures.

  • Like 86 percent of the people who subscribe to this channel,

  • - [Together] Are Americans.

  • - So clearly they have an interest in

  • British culture or what British people think about America.

  • Like it's not just that they're obsessed with America,

  • there are lots of Americans who love other cultures

  • and want to connect with their German roots,

  • with their Irish roots. - Yeah.

  • - Whether they're Dutch or whether they're...

  • - Yeah, that's so true actually.

  • - They are actually, yeah, a bit more diverse than we think.

  • - Yeah we're not just like America and then we're out.

  • - Right. - We'll say like America's

  • great, but also so are many other places.

  • And they're willing to like learn about other places.

  • At worst, Brits may be a little more ignorant.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Oh, we live in an amazing country.

  • - Yeah. - Everywhere else

  • is just a nice holiday.

  • - I know, literally.

  • And because we live so close to Europe,

  • I know lots of Americans are like

  • you're so lucky that you can just like

  • nip to Europe, like nip into France

  • and Germany or Spain. - Yeah.

  • We are very lucky.

  • - Brits don't really do that ever.

  • Like I don't remember the last time I went to Europe really.

  • - Oh, really?

  • - It was Paris probably.

  • - No way!

  • - Probably. - Wow.

  • - But like we definitely don't go as often as like...

  • - As often as we should. - We should.

  • - I mean the other week I got like a 38 pound flight.

  • Return to (mumbles) and Spain, so we took it

  • and like I always look out for cheap flights to Cypress,

  • which is, in like the colder month it's so cheap

  • to go out there and see family and stuff.

  • So I know we could probably take advantage of it more.

  • - Yeah. - But yeah.

  • - Considering you can get to France

  • from London in like an hour and a half...

  • - Yeah.

  • - Like that's insane. - It's pretty good, yeah.

  • So the next stereotype is that Americans

  • are really, really friendly, talkative and loud.

  • And the article puts loud in capital letters

  • so that you can hear how loud they are.

  • And I don't know, I think there are,

  • we met a lot, a lot of talkative Americans

  • but they're certainly not all super friendly,

  • loud and talkative. - No.

  • Yeah that's definitely just yeah...

  • - That is a stereotype. - Yeah, just a stereotype.

  • 'Cause yeah in Texas there were times

  • that we'd sometimes get into an Uber

  • and they would just be like...

  • Not up for it at all.

  • But then other times you'd get in and they would over-share.

  • - Yeah (laughs loudly).

  • - They literally just there was one woman,

  • bless her, that we got in and we were just like hey.

  • And she's like are you going here?

  • And we're like yeah.

  • And she's like how are you?

  • And we're like yeah, good thanks, how are you?

  • And she's like fine, my (coughs loudly),

  • sorry I'm choking it wasn't her crying.

  • Yeah she was like I'm fine, I just dropped my daughter

  • at the hospital, she's going through a really tough time.

  • Like splurged all of this stuff on us

  • and we were like that's not something

  • you really share with strangers.

  • Not in the UK, anyway. - Yeah.

  • She was like oh and my husband works here

  • and he's gonna drive four hours to come pick her up.

  • Like she was just talking at us and...

  • As a stranger I just didn't care.

  • - Yeah it's bad isn't it? - Didn't care.

  • - Yeah but I think it's just the same.

  • Stereotypes exist for a reason, yeah,

  • but at the same time, you can't stereotype anything

  • 'cause Americans are just as different as Britons.

  • - Yeah., definitely.

  • But I'm trying to think of anyone else

  • that we met that's just absolutely not friendly at all.

  • - Not really in Texas. - No.

  • - I don't think there's anyone

  • not super not friendly in Texas.

  • - Majority of the people were super friendly.

  • - Yeah I think New York, obviously

  • was a lot more unfriendly.

  • - Oh my gosh like that guy in the deli shop.

  • He was so brutal.

  • - Deli? - Is that, oh, the bagel.

  • The bagel. - Oh, yeah the bagel shop.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • - I just remember being like

  • you're the rudest person I've ever had to deal with.

  • I was trying to buy a bagel.

  • (laughs)

  • It was so rude! - So funny.

  • - I was like which one's this and which one's this?

  • And he'd just point.

  • And I was like and then what's the difference