Just to get back to the point, and to why i added my views many posts ago. The fact remains this thread began because of a slight ribbing of America/Americans. Now i still think it's over the top to stop anyone being able to have opinions on Americans. If someone generalizes England and says we are all chavs, hooligans, and underage mums, then because i know i'm not it dosent bother me, if i was any of these things i'd be offended...well good thats the point. If i say Americans are Fat bigoted warmongering a**holes then all the ones that are get there insult, most Americans hate those Americans anyway.. deal with it.
So if I call you a ****, and you're not a ****, I haven't just insulted you?
By your logic, I actually can generalise about whoever I like, and hey, I'm not being racist because if what I say isn't true about some of those people then I'm clearly not talking about them.
All Irish people are thick. Buy hey, all you Irish people who aren't thick, just remember - I haven't stereotyped you, and I haven't just insulted all Irish people, because if you're NOT thick, then it clearly doesn't apply to you.
Once again, if you want to say you hate Fat bigoted warmongering a**holes it's very easy. Try typing this sentence:
"I hate Fat bigoted warmongering a**holes"
If you type this sentence:
"I hate Americans, because they are all Fat bigoted warmongering a**holes"
Then regardless of your protestations, you HAVE called all Americans Fat bigoted warmongering a**holes, you HAVE generalised about them and made a statement about ALL Americans based on the presumably few you've met, you HAVE acted insultingly towards them, and you ARE being bigotted, and to be perfectly blunt: racist.
It really isn't hard to understand.
Specific about someone/thing you have a reasonable greivance about - sometimes OK (clearly depends on circumstance)
General, about an entire country/culture/race based on little to no evidence - bigotry
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." - Douglas Adams
"You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place."
"That's why animals are so soft and huggy."
- Calvin and Hobbes
To err is human, to moderate ursine.