Why are so many actors, and people from other countries commenting and having opinions on US Politics?

I have never understood why people from other countries, who know little about the culture or politics of the United States (or any country for that matter) commenting on societal issues or policy of the United States. I went to Scotland about five years ago, and was talking to some people there, and they were asking me questions about the United States and making comments on its policy and society. My response to them was, "Why are you making comments on things that you know nothing about. I at least have the humility to admit my ignorance. I will not comment about your country's politics or culture when I know very little to nothing about it." They told me that they read about it in the news all the time, and news about the US shows up more about news about their own country. I realise that the US is the "leading country for the free world", but I still don't get it. Reading news about a country does not educate you about a country's people, and neither does a formal education, I grew up in a very rural, isolated small town in the US, and when I tell people I am from a certain region or state,and 99 percent of the time, they are wrong about what they think about it. Don't get me wrong, inquiring about a place's culture from someone who lives there is fine, because it seeks to enhance your knowledge, but I don't understand people from other countries, provinces, or states, making comments about other ones with little to no knowledge.


An example of what those Scottish people were telling me about was United States "Gun Culture". They only see it from the lens of the news and mass shootings, but there is way more to it than that. As I mentioned, I grew up in a very rural, isolated town in the US, and gun culture was strong here, people cherished and respected guns here, and there was virtually no violent crime in this town of 900 people, so my experience with United States gun culture is different than what the news portrays.

Update 2:

And it is different even from that of the inner cities. I do not pretend to know what the gun culture is like in the inner cities, I just know it is different. There is more to US gun culture than what people in cities think and what the news, hollywood, etc. portrays.

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    American advertise their culture on T.V. and magazines and car culture and religious intolerance for all the world to see. We want to ignore you when we can and do our best to do so. Many times we are successful provided we do not read a newspaper or magazine or turn on a TV.or computer.

  • Linda
    Lv 6
    2 years ago

    Because, ex president Obama, traveled world wide and told them to. He opened Pandora's Box.

  • Mj
    Lv 5
    2 years ago

    Because our political activities impact the entire world through trade, military actions and world resources. We are the tough rich kid on the playground wearing the coolest shoes. We as Americans are also dismissive of world issues that have no immediate impact on our daily lives.

    Celebrities participate because they can. They want to be seen and heard.

  • Kate
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    I live in Australia and we are bombarded with political news from USA daily. It is only natural to comment and discuss it. Perhaps if there was another President then it may not hold our interest so much but he puts himself out there with outrageous statements that can impact on other countries. People are entitled to their opinions. Unfortuntely many people in other countries seem to know more about America than many Americans.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    I love to discuss international politics with people from other countries, but I guess instead of educating the people of Scotland about the issues in America you acted as the arrogant American. "My country is too important for you ignorant foreigners to concern yourselves with and it isn't worth my time learning anything about your puny country." Is that how it was? No very humble, IMO

    We don't live in a bubble. The US is a WORLD POWER. What the US says and does affects the economies (trade, jobs, incomes, standards of living), security (military, immigration, terrorism), culture (TV, movies, music, media), and freedom (speech, press, religion, human rights) of countries all over the world. Knowledge is better than ignorance.

    The fact is WE should be educating ourselves about other countries and not be afraid to ask questions and politely speak our minds. Otherwise foreign countries will think it is OK to murder and dismember American residents and journalists, just because our orange freak in the White House thinks we should let other countries do what they want.

  • 2 years ago

    ' I realise that the US is the "leading country for the free world" '

    We Just Decided To [1.01] HBO, The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin

    Will: It's NOT the greatest country in the world, professor. That's my answer.

    Moderator: ...You're saying-?

    Will: Yes.

    Moderator: ...Let's talk about-

    Will: Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it any time he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes; it costs airtime, column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so f*cking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?

    Sharon: Hey-!

    Will: [without letting her finish, he directs his attention to Lewis] And with a straight face, you're gonna tell students that America's so star-spangled awesome, that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. [laughs] So 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

    Moderator: All right-

    Will: And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there's some things you should know, and one of them is, there's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student. But you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period, so when you ask, "What makes us the greatest country in the world?" I dunno know what the f*ck you're talking about! Yosemite? [Pause] It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons, we waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn't belittle it, it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election, and we didn't [sighs] we didn't scare so easy...Huh. We were able to be all these things, and to do all these things, because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. [Pause, then to the moderator] Enough?

  • 2 years ago

    The world's much smaller than you think, and all nations are interlaced in ways you probably can't even dream of, because, in your question you show a certain small-mindedness.

    People will often say this about their country whilst innocently and absentmindedly commenting on what goes on in other countries whether they know them or not. Don't tell me you haven't heard someone in US opine about African countries, or Muslim ones. It's unrealistic not to have opinions about other countries. The world is displayed daily in media and never has it been easier to be informed about policies and traditions in other countries. You are very naive.

  • Laura
    Lv 6
    2 years ago

    Because you lived in Scotland for a few years snd the Scots with whom you conversed seemrd to have little or no knowlege of the government and policies of the US, all prople from all other countries know nothing about the US?

    Because people have apparently made ignorant comments about the region in which you grew up, everybody makes ignorant comments about other stead in which they have not lived?

    As for Hollywood people commenting, look at who is in the White House. He is a Hollywood person. All US citizens have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    ur mum has very little to no knowledge.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    People look up to your country. You should be concerned when you have an idiot like Donald Trump running it.

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