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Old 07-16-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I understand most of what the "Joe Canadian" character is referring to in the (in)famous "rant" for Molson Beer, except for when he said he doesn't know "Jimmy, Sally, or Suzy from Canada". I assume he is debunking a stereotype Americans have about Canadians.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I understand most of what the "Joe Canadian" character is referring to in the (in)famous "rant" for Molson Beer, except for when he said he doesn't know "Jimmy, Sally, or Suzy from Canada". I assume he is debunking a stereotype Americans have about Canadians.
The myth is that Americans are so clueless about Canada that they don't know that it is huge and therefore think that all Canadians must know each other like it was some small village.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I understand most of what the "Joe Canadian" character is referring to in the (in)famous "rant" for Molson Beer, except for when he said he doesn't know "Jimmy, Sally, or Suzy from Canada". I assume he is debunking a stereotype Americans have about Canadians.
Yeah, he's just referring to the trope of people saying "You're from Canada? Do you know my old co-worker who lives in Ottawa, his name is X and he's a Y!" Meaning people think it's such a small country that everyone in it knows each other.

Personally, I always thought that beer commercial was kind of obnoxious, no one's ever asked me or anyone I know a question like that, but I guess it must come from somewhere.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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The myth is that Americans are so clueless about Canada that they don't know that it is huge and therefore think that all Canadians must know each other like it was some small village.

So you don't believe Americans are that ill-informed about Canada?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Canada
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So you don't believe Americans are that ill-informed about Canada?
Not all Americans. Many of my acquaintances have told me about going to the States and finding out that local Americans thought Canada was a State within the Union, which is pretty sad because that's not just ignorance of a neighbouring country, but ignorance about your own. But it always seems like Americans on the internet are pretty informed so it can't be true of the majority.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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Rick Mercer - Talking To Americans - YouTube
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Are Canadians as dumb as Americans? - YouTube
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Cute video Bimbam. I hadn't seen that.

Although the man who did quite poorly was American
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Does anyone know Gordo or Garth from Canada?
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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I've encountered that particular misconception far more when overseas than below the 49th. "I've got a great uncle that emigrated to Canada in 1946, maybe you've met him?"
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