Reporter: Name a country that begins with U.
This man may be allowed to raise children, enter public spaces, and vote.
Reporting from America, Julian Morrow of Australia’s award-winning TV show CNNNN, queried Americans:
A country that begins with U?
Second American: Utah.
It got me to posing a question to myself.
Ray: What is it that the American people have over the people of other countries?
Ray: Flagrant stupidity laced with unmindful arrogance. And not a hint of shame.
For most Americans, ignorance has become a lifestyle. They take pride in not knowing. It’s their birthright not to know! Failing to acquire little or any knowledge en route to not knowing is a bona fide rite of passage. But it is the not knowing, in and of itself, that marks the achievement of the ultimate status—never looking smarter than the guy next-door, the gang at work, or the gals in the car pool. What so proudly we hail ignorance.
Reporter: Who won the Vietnam War?
Young woman: We did. [She laughs. Calls to others,] Wait, were we even in the Vietnam War? [Off-camera response.] OK, good.
When they don’t know if they know, they giggle. It’s anything but cute. O’er the land of the free, obliviousness is a plague. These are not illiterates we’re witnessing; if they were, we could feel for them. No, these are people who comprehend and speak English well enough to leave not a shadow of a doubt: they’re too dumb to know they’re dumb, too numb to know they’re numb.
Reporter: A country that begins with U?
Third American: U-topia?
They barely know anything about anything. But they have opinions, dogmatic and diehard, about everything. They just don’t have the easy answers.
How many sides does a triangle have? Damn, four? There’s no sides… one?
Who is Fidel Castro? A singer. Kofi Annan? A drink. Tony Blair? A skater. An actor!
What religion are Buddhist monks? Islamic... I don’t know. What’s the religion of Israel? Israeli, Muslim, Islamic, and Catholic, probably, according to four different people.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are famous for… Judo-wrestling? Al Qaeda is a wing of… the Masonic Order?
Had enough? If you’re a glutton for more cultural punishment, go to “Americans Are NOT Stupid.” 24 million people already have. Can’t tell how many Americans, but note how defensive the comments.
So, what about a country that begins with U?
Reporter: What about this one? The United States of America.
Fourth American: Mmm...