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Thread #138594 Message #3172513
Posted By: Don Firth
18-Jun-11 - 04:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Has Americanism Spread THIS far?
Subject: RE: BS: Has Americanism Spread THIS far?
Mrrzy, I must say, I'm a bit surprised.
I don't know where you get the idea that this is somehow related to "American imperialism." If you haven't been living in a cave for the last several decades, you MUST be aware that there is a percentage of "sports' fans who turn into bloody-minded hooligans and indulge themselves with rioting and vandalism after a whole list of large sports events.
Most notable are international competitions of one sort or another. World soccer championships seem to be especially prone to this sort of thing. Take a good look at staid, civilized Olde England during soccer season!
This kind of collective mindless loutishness has absolutely nothing to do with "American imperialism." Nor is it characteristic of ANY particular nationality or ethnic group.
It more that likely relates much more closely to an unfortunate mixture of large quantities of beer and adrenalin.
I believe you need to check your values and prejudices and have yourself a long think.