This may seem a bit lame, but I’m sick of hearing from non-Americans about how we’ve pillaged their cultural heritage.
The Romanians, in particular, gripe about how Dracula wasn’t a vampire – he was a Romanian cultural hero, albeit a rather ruthless one.
The Europeans squawk about how we rewrote their fairy tales.
And EVERYONE growls about how we remake non-American movies from time to time.
Now, I’ll admit, Americans can be an abrasive bunch. We aren’t as schooled at good manners as we should be, and we do have a knack for wandering in and immediately operating as if we own the place. And, yes, the recent King Arthur movie was quite wretched. On the other hand, that wasn’t entirely the fault of Americans.
But a story is a story, folks. When a story is retold, it changes, if only in that a different person is telling it. When we start violating your copyrights, THEN you have something to gripe about.
So: when all you non-Americans quit pirating our DVDs for sale and show in your movie theatres and homes all over the planet, paying not one thin dime to the creators, THEN we’ll quit pirating your cultural traditions to make entertainments that suit Americans.