Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! An Australian Interpretation of the text
Australia and America are two completely different worlds, whether it be the difference in our beliefs or the size of our take away foods, we are worlds apart in many ways. This is clearly shown by the footage of some of the values and attitudes we see American’s portray in the documentary Super-Size Me. The film starring Morgan Spurlock is an experiment to see whether fast food giant McDonald’s really affects our well-being if we were to eat McDonald’s and only what McDonald’s menu offers for a 30 day period. The result of this experiment is shocking and confronting. Morgan Spurlock discovered after completing this experiment, his general health had deteriorated, his sexual life had decreased and his body suffered withdrawal symptoms when he did not comply with the Macca’s only diet. Other serious problems including heart disease, an increased chance of developing diabetes, potentially cancer and overall a shortened life expectancy, were a possible reality for Morgan if he was to continue down this path.
Did this documentary change your opinion of American’s and American lifestyle?
As Australians we value our health and our lifestyle. In the documentary American’s are portrayed as overweight, obese, lazy, unhealthy, ignorant and untidy. Interestingly, in the film the Americans that were interviewed were not selected at random but were selected by their weight. Health and lifestyle did not appear to be a priority for them. It was also evident that the Americans interviewed did not hold national pride as a priority. There was one interesting interview with primary school students who were shown a picture of an historical American. Some were able to identify who the figure was and some were not. However when shown a picture of Ronald McDonald they immediately identified who it was. There were other instances where it was clear nation pride was not top the list of priorities for those interviewed E.G. when prompted to sing the national anthem they were not able to, however could recite the full ingredient list of a Big Mac.
Australian attitude -if don’t like it, change it!
As Australians we are taught that if we don’t like something or how something is done, we change it. We are also taught to take ownership of our problems and not to blame someone else. Whilst in America, they are portrayed as having an attitude of ‘if you didn't like it, sue it’. There is a culture of finding someone other than themselves to blame for their problems. Americans also appear to be ‘sue happy’ meaning they appear to be quick to sue someone or something. This attitude reflects deeply on American society and culture and is strangely, even accepted.