America at a Crossroads America at a Crossroads
Video Diaries - Watch video diaries from around the world

Read more» 

The Anti-Americans (a hate/love relationship)

“The 100% American is 99% idiot.”
              – George Bernard Shaw

In the Film »         About the Producers »

It’s an interesting time to be an American visiting Europe.

On September 11, 2001, thousands of Europeans came to the U.S.  embassies in their countries to express solidarity with the Americans under attack. Even Le Monde, the newspaper of the French elite, proclaimed “we are all Americans.”

By now, however, the goodwill is long gone, eradicated by bad feelings over the Iraq war, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, global warming and a host of other disagreements.

But long before George W. Bush became President, Europeans had very strong (and often negative) opinions about American culture and politics. 

 

Country music singer Michael Lonstar with Sexy Texas in Poland. Country music singer Michael Lonstar with Sexy Texas in Poland.

THE ANTI-AMERICANS (a hate/love relationship) examines the complicated mixture of envy, pride, admiration, and cultural misunderstanding that characterizes European views.  It’s a situation that has led some commentators to say that “Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus.”

This film examines the current status of European attitudes towards America in three very different places: France, the United Kingdom and Poland.  Freely mixing humor with provocative commentary, the program shows how Old World attitudes can be both nuanced and simplistic at the same time – sometimes contradictory, sometimes predictable, but always worthy of our interest.

From French puppets conducting fake-news programs to Polish country-western singers and an opera made out of the Jerry Springer Show, THE ANTI-AMERICANS presents a vibrant and memorable portrait of European culture today.

Map of Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL VIEW OF UNITED STATES' ROLE IN
WORLD AFFAIRS
1

Great Britain: A majority (57%) continues to see US influence in the world as mainly negative, while just 33 percent sees US influence as mainly positive—down slightly from 36 percent in 2006.

2

France: French views of the United States remain quite negative, showing little change over the previous year after sharply worsening from 2005 to 2006. Seven in ten (69%) say the US is having a mainly negative influence in the world, only slightly greater than the 65 percent who held this view in 2006.

3

Poland: The Polish, long the European public to express the most positive feelings toward the United States, have turned sharply cooler though a plurality is still positive. The number holding a positive view of the US has dropped from 62 to 38 percent and negative views from Poland also increased significantly, up from 15 to 24 percent.   

Source: BBC World Service Poll 1/23/2007

WETA Funded By:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
America at a Crossroads is a production of WETA Washington, D.C.
All Rights Reserved. Published July 2006
PBS Privacy Policy | Terms of Use