Friday, June 01, 2007

Viewing life through a stained glass window darkly....

Oh. My. Gawd! I have become one of THOSE people....you know the ones. The people that have no clue what the hell is going on in the world. I was reading something on a forum I frequent and was flabbergasted to read a blurb about Rosie not being on The View any longer....wait...since when was Rosie O'Donnell on The View? HUH?!?

I had to Youtube it to find the episode which has her and ELizabeth Hassellbeck fighting. Wait, who the FARK is this Elizabeth chick? All I can say for sure (from watching the clips) is that she's some right-wing blonde that thinks Bush hung da moon all on his own. Ummm yeah, I like Rosie, k?

Then I read where Isaiah Washington is back on Grey's Anatomy. He LEFT? When? Ok, that I can live with because those of us Down Under are behind a season or so when it comes to the most poopular shows in America and Britain *sigh*. I can even live with movies being released later over here. What pisses me off is that unless I sit at my computer reading all the American pop culture websites or stay at home to catch Entertainment Tonight (yesterdays show in America) that comes on mid afternoon...which, of course, I do not remember that it is on or even what channel it airs on sheesh! Gimme a break...I'm still catching up with what evil Sammie Brady is doing in Salem (from last year of course!)...yeah yeah, don't give me a hard time, I've been watching Days of Our Lives since I was 12 - ever since Bo and Hope got married.

I find it odd that living in another part of the world people just don't get that no one here knows who the heck Katie Couric or Jay Leno are. Americans just automatically assume that the whole world watches American television, even tv shows that are blatantly US-centric...like The Today Show or Good Morning America. Of course even in Oz we have our own Today Show...and even Big W (no affilation with Wal-Mart) has the big smiley signs the same as Wal-Mart does.

Another thing...of course I don't watch The Weather Channel (from the USA) because ummmm our weather channel shows only Australian weather here, so no I do not know all about the latest hurricane or tornado that hit Kansas. I guess I've become jaded and unworldy not knowing what the heck is going on all over the place at once but then when I lived "back home" all the international news was so skewed to portray Americans and America in the best light possible and didn't really realise this until I was over here during the English Subway Bombings. I was quite shocked to see the comments made by President Bush to the British people that quite clearly showed his lack of caring and concern when he obviously expected the entire freaking world to back us up when the World Trade Center was bombed. Not surprisingly this interview where GB walked out on a BBC reporter was not shown within the USA...but was shown on Australian tv.

That gives one a bit of insight into how things really are and it is also not surprising that most of the world views most things American with disgust.

So while I may complain about not being able to be very up to date on the goings on of the rest of the world I am secure in the knowledge that I now have a little perspective even if I do miss a few things "back home"....one of those things being Taco Bell, of course.

This post is most definitely tongue-in-cheek and meant as total satire. As you can imagine I am proudly American, a card carrying member of the Democratic Party, and cannot wait until I am also eligible for Australian citizenship. I like being a part of the entire world. Kind of like peanut butter and steak, you never knows what you are missing until you take a bite out of life and let the juices run down your chin.

5 comments:

thebellagreyhound said...

we have cable..that makes us almost american. I actually watched the rosie/elizabeth fight! Go Rosie!
And I know who Katy, Jay and Stephen Colbert and Conan. Matt and I would overdose on American TV if we could.

V said...
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V said...

Ooops, accidentally deleted my earlier comment...

Gimme a break...I'm still catching up with what evil Sammie Brady is doing in Salem (from last year of course!)...

LOL kitten. That reminds me of a story I heard...about an American guy who married an Aussie lady here in Oz and had his family down for the wedding. Both his sister and his sister-in-law were HUGE Days fans. So one day, the SIL is watching Days as she usually does, and the sister walks into the room and says, "Oh, you guys are like 2 years behind! This person is dead, that person is in jail, that couple is divorced..." hahahahahahaha

I find it odd that living in another part of the world people just don't get that no one here knows who the heck Katie Couric or Jay Leno are. Americans just automatically assume that the whole world watches American television, even tv shows that are blatantly US-centric...like The Today Show or Good Morning America.

I don't think it's so much a conscious assumption as it is something Americans just don't think about at all. Why should they? It's not like other countries exist anyway. *g* But seriously...Australia DOES have those shows. They show GMA and Today really early in the morning, and they used to have the Tonight Show really late at night on Channel 7. I know, I watch WAY too much TV, LOL. :-)

Sideon said...

Now I feel guilty for not following the weather in the UK. I read a lot of world headlines, but for some reason, there's not much ever stated about Australia!

Years ago I chatted with a man from Sydney. We were going to meet during one of his trips to SF, but it never worked out. That accent. OMG, I could have listened to him all day long.

Be well, Kitten!

Laura said...

I found your blog searching for
American's in Australian- I'm one too-- 10 months here and still adjusting.
So does anyone know where you can get some really good fake Mexican food in Sydney????
-Laura
http://floridagirlinsydney.blogspot.com/