I was thinking about something I had heard a Canadian Dj say on the radio the other day; I found it amusing that she wished everybody a Happy Super Bowl Sunday… Yeah I thought the same thing too… unless there’s a Super Bowl that happens in November, I don’t think so lady. She quickly realized her error; what she meant to say was something in reference to the Grey Cup… wonder where her mind was at! lmao . Unfortunately, she’s one of many that’s fallen subject to this “U.S.A Bug.” I’ll only give a few examples as this isn’t some kinda callin out session, it’s merely an observation… But I’m sure that by #3, you’ll be convinced that there seems to be some kind of obsession with the U-S of A. Alright # 2:
Anyone remember when N.E.R.D introduced their newest member; 25 year old Canadian Native (Guyana born) Rhea on Much on Demand? Yes? Then you’ll also remember how she said she was so excited to be performing at the American Airlines Centre… say what now? 2:50 mark: I guess anyone could mix em up right… #3
How many of you (wherever you’re from) have witnessed someone put on an “American” accent? This normally happens when they’re around Americans; almost like they feel they have to talk that way for Americans to understand them. lol. The worst is when YOU KNOW that person doesn’t speak that way. For those that have been lucky enough to miss this occasion, I’m sure you’ve come across the bootleg Jamaican accent aka Jafaikan, but that’s for another day. #4 I thought very hard about listing my #4, but as he is loved in Canada, and worshiped in Toronto lol, I think not. Soooo I’ll just leave that one alone ha ha ha #5 A Canadian opinion poll by Environics Research asked 2,001 Canadians 15years old and up questions about how they see their role, and Canada’s role in the world. 15% of Canadians polled said they would give up their vote in the next Canadian election to vote in the next American election. lol Smh. 46% said the results of the 2008 American presidential election mattered a great deal, 35% said they mattered somewhat, and 8% said the results didn’t matter. Other polls found that if Obama had been a candidate for Prime Minister of Canada in the recent Canadian federal election, more Canadians would have chosen Obama than any other candidate, including any of Canada’s current federal party leaders. Whoa!
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with identifying with another culture, but putting up a front is whole other issue lol. I left my birth country (Zambia) when I was 10years old, and grew up all over the world including the U.S, before moving to Toronto 5 years ago. I wouldn’t say I have an African, American or Canadian accent, although when I moved from Ohio it was pretty thick lol. And I wouldn’t say I was American or Canadian either; I’ll always believe I’m African first, it doesn’t matter how short my time spent there was. I may identify with “Western” culture as it has been the norm for as long as I can remember, but I treasure my African tradition dearly. I don’t see the need to “put on” an accent for anyone, I’m yet to see an American change their accent to be understood… the most they’ll do is add some sign language to help you understand. I’ve heard so many Canadians say people have to go to the “states” to get “big”= famous; In a country with soooo much talent and resources, I found this quite disheartening.
Why aren’t Canadians as excited about Canada, as they are about America?
FYI I’m not judging anyone that’s fallen subject to this “bug”, but if after reading this you feel a lil “uncomfortable” *ahem guilty* it’s all good but I strongly suggest rethinking the whole thing…you need a cure my friend. 🙂