The Women’s World Cup and “Ugly Americans”

Earlier this evening, I was watching the Women’s World Cup finals, and was both proud and disappointed with the game. Proud because the Americans won the finals for the first time since 1999 (good for them!), disappointed because I also happened to like Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン) a lot too. It was a bitter-sweet victory, but a game is a game and life goes on.

Then I was upset when I noticed this article on the Huffington Post Japan. As it became clear that Japan was losing, Twitter users started trending the hashtag #PearlHarbor as a joke for avenging Japan.1 This example of schadenfreude was a pretty shameful way to celebrate victory, and makes me embarrassed as an American. This just reinforces the stereo-type of the “ugly American“:


Brilliant, guys, just brilliant.

picard clapping

What I really found amusing is that many of these people are young, college-students and self-professed Christians. Perhaps they didn’t read the Bible:2

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Anyhow, here’s snapshots of some of the offensive posts people made:



This guy, a self-professed Christian, apparently can’t tell the difference between Chinese food and Japanese food, among other failings.



FYI, we already dropped the atomic by surprise on Japan. On a civilian population no less.



Roughly 80,000 people died from each atomic bomb, some from long, slow agonizing deaths. I’m glad you find it all very amusing.




You know, because we hadn’t settled our differences long ago, and because soccer is such a brilliant military strategy anyway. By the way, brilliant job obscuring your name.


You too, Einstein.

I feel bad for the Japanese guy who commented “Congratulations” here. That took humility and graciousness, unlike the original poster.




Glad you’re keeping an eye out for us. Oh wait, Article 9 of the Japanese constitution renounced war, and they’ve faithfully upheld that for 70 fucking years even with China and North Korea on their borders.


Sigh, so much facepalm. These people deserve a double-facepalm:


Great job, guys. Great job. :-/

1 Because, you know, an atomic bomb dropped on civilians didn’t already do that. Oh wait, we dropped two of them.

2 Or the Buddhist version, from the Maha-Mangala Sutta:

Respect, humility,
contentment, gratitude,
hearing the Dhamma on timely occasions:
This is the highest protection.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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