Imagine that you were hosting a party; but not just any party, the greatest, grandest party you will probably ever throw in your life, for all of the biggest names and the most impressive people you can think of.
You would want to make a good impression, wouldn’t you?
Maybe you’d splurge on entertainment. You’d fix up your place really nice. You’d definitely want to serve the best food and represent your family as best as you can for all of these big names and impressive people. Maybe you’d try to learn their language to impress them. You’d definitely spend lots of time in advance preparing for this party, making sure that every detail is perfect.
Now imagine that it is the big day, the day you’ve been preparing so diligently for. The day that you’ve been pouring all your time, money, and resources into. The day when all of your guests of honor arrive to celebrate with you whatever you’ve invited them to celebrate. You’d be waiting in anticipation and excitement, right?
So imagine that after all of this time planning, all of this money spent, all of the resources put into hosting this grand event, all of the details you’ve worked so hard to cover, and the fact that you’re pretty darn proud that you can say something in their language, imagine that your guests of honor scoff and snicker at your party. That they make fun of how you’ve decorated your home. That they take pictures of how ridiculous your customs are and tweet the things that you say in your broken attempt at speaking their language. Imagine that they find ways to nit pick at every little thing about your party, your home, and your family and imagine that they turn your grand party into a live mockery Twitter event, with its’ own hashtag and everything.
Now I’m not one who gets offended or all uppity and uptight easily, but I have been absolutely appalled by all of the disrespect shown to Russia and Russian culture since athletes and journalists have arrived to Sochi for the Olympics. One quick search for “Sochi” on Twitter will quickly reveal hashtags such as #sochiproblems and #sochifail, documenting signs with broken English, bathrooms that are “ridiculous” because they’re not what us prestigious Americans are used to, mocking remarks on cultural norms, picking apart of the landscape of Sochi, just a whole lot of nit-picking about anything and everything.
Sure, you may not like the host and they might be hard to understand, the food might not be what you’re used to, and things might not be as clean as they are for all you darling Americans in your pristine and perfect universe. But guess what? When you’ve been invited into someone else’s home and you’re the guest, it‘s just rude.
You stay classy, America…because right now you’re looking like a grade A pretentious ass.