Let's face it: Things in America are pretty messed up right now. Political turmoil, racist police violence, and an embarrassingly bad response to the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the reasons America is making worldwide news these days.
So today, a viral Reddit thread invited non-Americans on the internet to weigh in, asking them: "What is your genuine reaction to what’s going on in America right now?" The responses have been eye-opening.
Here are some of the top-voted submissions:
1."For me, I feel like nothing in America can surprise me now, I'm just like, 'Of course that's happening now.' I feel sorry for the sane people over there."
2."Being in the UK right now kind of feels like being in a little boat that has broken down and everyone’s too busy being mad at the captain to fix anything. But then you look to the left and there’s a big cruise ship burning as it sinks with people fighting on every deck, and the captain’s throwing gasoline on everything, and you feel a little bit better about the shitty boat you’re in."
4."'America, amirite?' has replaced talking about the weather. Everyone is dumbfounded by what's going on. On the other hand, it's sad that we know more about US politics than local politics. People protest for BLM in Berlin, but nobody talks about other things going on elsewhere."
5."Canadian here. Like others have said, it’s really all beyond comprehension. To see a once-great nation plunged into chaos and insanity, being ripped apart by a disease that is going unopposed, and is even supported by the country’s own president and many citizens. My country is going well, all things considered, but I’m a bit scared that it’s going to make its way to us. We’re protected by a thin border and border patrol really. The American tidal wave could be disastrous to us if we let them through. We need to keep the borders closed for non-commercial travel."
10."I'm getting used to it. I take a quick look at the newspaper, read something like 'US police kills suspect in custody,' turn the page and get upset because the construction site on the Autobahn takes longer than planned."
11."Honestly, it's borderline beyond comprehension. It constantly feels a little more like a poorly written soap opera than real life."
12."I knew there were lots of idiots, but the sheer quantity is mind-blowing. And how so many Americans just can't handle a view that's different to their own, or at least allow others to have a different view, is crazy."
16."For me, the craziest (and sadly, most predicable) thing was how there were Americans protesting face mask mandates. You’d think the most patriotic thing they could’ve done for their fellow countrymen would be to protect them, but nah."
17."I can't believe how Americans can politicize EVERYTHING?! Wearing masks, postal service...and before these newer topics, universal healthcare, free (or at least vastly cheaper) university, higher taxation, etc. Those things are a reality in most developed countries, but in America it seems like you can just scream 'socialism' and people are against everything. From my German point of view, the two-party system and electoral votes are seriously fucked up, and even the moderate Democrats are pretty right-wing."
19."In the immortal words of Michael Bluth: 'I don't know what I expected.'"
20."From Canada: your country is having a serious detrimental effect on ours right now, because morons are importing your politics (left and right). It's not your fault that we're so easily influenced, but it's still frustrating."
22."I don't wanna talk about Trump, but wow, the anti-maskers piss me off. Like, dude, wear a fucking mask. How hard can it be?"
23."I used to really admire America. The last few years have changed that perception drastically. The blatantly corrupt politics seem to have the whole country in such a tight grip that from the outside it looks like a third world country. Your president is lying constantly and obviously, yet he has outspoken followers in the millions who just disregard his lies."