I watched the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode that contained "Mr. Neutron" this weekend.
If you haven't seen it, it's much like many of the episodes of MPFC. Funny. Silly. Stupid. Lame. Genius. All at the same time.
Anyway, if you don't remember ... or have never seen ... this episode, it's the one where Graham Chapman is dressed up in a silly yellow outfit, all bulked up, with the words "Mr. Neutron" emblazoned across his chest.
Mr. Neutron is the "most dangerous and terrifying man in the world," according to the episode.
And there's an American general who gets all panicked when Mr. Neutron disappears. He calls air strikes and bombings on ... everywhere.
You know, a typical American warmonger.
Now, here's the catch. The episode was recorded and aired on BBC in November, 1974.
And, naturally, the Europeans portrayed Americans as warmongers because George W. Bush was president in 1974.
I mean, it's not like, say, Gerald Ford was president and was pulling U.S. troops out of Vietnam or anything right?
Oh. Well, then.
It seems that Americans have been portrayed as bullies and warmongers for a long, long time.
Except when we were saving their sorry asses in WWII. Even then, they complained that Americans were "over paid, over sexed, and over here."
I guess, that's because George W. Bush was president and manipulated our entry into the war by lying about Pearl Harbor.
You know, since Europeans see us as bullies and warmongers only because of George W. Bush. It's not like they've always thought of us that way or anything, right?