I am writing all the way from America to inform you (and a certain selection of your population) that, contrary to popular belief, not all Americans are loud and obnoxious.
As an Englishman who has now worked with and befriended hundreds of what you and I affectionately refer to as "Yanks", I must touch upon my hard-line opposition to this stereotype.
Having lived in the Midwestern state of Indiana for over four years, I can confirm that - much to my shock (and no doubt yours) - that the people here are actually quite humble, sometimes even reserved, and, as such, do a pretty decent job - on the whole - of not drawing too much attention to themselves.
While, just as in Britain, you can always find the odd (sometimes disturbingly odd) person who thinks that the only way to get noticed is to raise his or her voice above 10 decibels, most Midwesterners - and I would surmise most Americans - are not the vocally raucous people we thought they were.
I understand you might find all of this difficult to believe, what with seemingly insurmountable evidence to the contrary blasting from your TV sets, but actual Americans - the ones who pay bills and raise families - are in fact nothing like the ones you see on WWE Raw.
Yes, there are obvious exceptions here and there, but in general terms, those "belligerent" Americans you bumped into on the London Underground are just the exception that proves the rule. And actually, the more I think about it, most American tourists I encountered in London weren't especially loud. I am convinced we just noticed them because they were American.
The truth is, Britain, you and I were hoodwinked. Constant repeats of bombastic American sports movies have left us believing that the loudness trait is true of all 300 million Americans. It isn't.
Again, there may be instances where a group of Americans get together and - wittingly or unwittingly - drown everyone else out. But, we must remember that this brand of discourse can be found in virtually every nation on Earth.
Moreover, it is highly imperative that we don't make accusations of another country without first looking at ourselves: if you've ever been to a Saturday afternoon football match or walked through the streets of Manchester on a Friday night, you'll know exactly what I mean.
I hope that you will respond to this issue accordingly and reprimand those who would bear this viewpoint. You might want to even raise your voice a little.
A British expat
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