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post Oct 15 2009, 05:17 AM
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this article is funny laugh.gif because it happens alot and its soo silly . once a few americans said to me that they thought we rode around on kangaroos as a means of transportation....WTF laugh.gif

article below is from ninemsn news

Why no kangaroos at airports?

Kristen Bell says she was surprised not to have kangaroos greet her at Australia's airports.

Memo to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Tourism Australia: Please send more kangaroos to Australia's international airports.

American tourists are disappointed.

Particularly Hollywood starlets.

Kristen Bell, a member of the all-star voice cast of new animated film Astro Boy, has just returned to Los Angeles after a promotional tour in Australia.

The actress, who plays the Peter Pan-like orphan Cora alongside characters voiced by Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Freddie Highmore and Nathan Lane, says she was disappointed when she landed in Sydney.

"I, like every other stupid American, assumed the kangaroos would meet us at the airport and they would want to hug us as much as we wanted to hug them," Bell tells AAP in an interview in Los Angeles.

"That's really the perspective we have here.

"Going there kind of opened my eyes that that's not the case."

The 29-year-old, who shot to stardom in 2004 in the TV series Veronica Mars, is a cast member of the new series Gossip Girl and stars with Vince Vaughn in the American box office's number one comedy, Couples Retreat, did get to meet some of Australia's furry friends during a VIP tour of Taronga Zoo.

"We did get a backstage tour of the zoo and got to see some of the marsupials they reared there," Bell says.

"I did find out about the koalas and how eucalyptus makes them high and why they sleep all day.

"They're little druggies."

The new Astro Boy feature film is the latest version of the story about a young boy transformed into a robot and disowned by his father. The character was created by manga king Osamu Tezuka in 1952, became a TV series in 1963 and enjoyed other TV series and big screen incarnations.

The new Astro Boy film has an environmental message, with Astro Boy banished from Metro City, a metropolis hovering above polluted Earth.

"Astro Boy, when he is rejected by his father (voiced by Cage), falls to the surface of the Earth and meets up with Cora," Bell explains.

"The two of them have a connection, form a friendship and then she feels very betrayed when she finds out he is a robot."

Bell missed out on a kangaroo welcome at the airport, but she did enjoy plenty of Australian fare.

The actress made headlines recently when she revealed she is so picky with her food she always packs plenty of her American favourites when she travels abroad.

She did not have to worry while in Australia, dining at Icebergs at Bondi and feasting on pizzas from restaurant Made in Italy.

"I loved Australian food," Bell says.

Astro Boy opens in Australian cinemas on October 15.


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post Oct 15 2009, 10:32 AM
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Wowwwwww more reasons why actors should not determine foreign policy...


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post Oct 15 2009, 10:44 AM
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Ah Americans are such an easy target for everyone to pick on. It's the new cool thing to do.

She's hott so its ok.


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post Oct 17 2009, 08:32 PM
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I used to hate it when people asked if I have kangaroos in my backyard... until I moved to a place where I did have them.... then it was just a big sigh and "yes, I do have them in my backyard."


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post Oct 19 2009, 12:51 PM
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Hahaha... funny story pb, that's priceless.


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post Oct 19 2009, 01:08 PM
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Am I missing something?

She was obviously being totally facetious and embellishing a story to be "cute".


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post Oct 19 2009, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE(2olives @ Oct 19 2009, 01:15 PM) *


I agree. Some people may be a bit overzealous in looking for reasons to laugh at Americans.


i dont think thats true

facetious maybe?? but that makes no sense she doesnt stirke me as the type to want attention.....

i have come across many americans (and im not making a dig at americans as i am half american myself ) that have strange uneducated ideas about Australia and kangaroos.....


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post Oct 19 2009, 08:24 PM
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You mean the same as Aussie's watching Cops and thinking all of the US is like that?

I kid I kid..

Picking on American's is fashionable these days. If an English said something ridiculous, it's not as serious as an American saying the same thing. I can care less. Just sayin wink.gif


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post Oct 19 2009, 09:28 PM
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really...

what makes you say
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Picking on American's is fashionable these days
can to share any examples ??


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post Oct 19 2009, 10:53 PM
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This might need a whole new thread. Could be a strange thread as well. It was just an overall experience traveling and how many comments are made toward americans.

An actual real convo
Girl not from US: "Where you from?"
Me: "United states"
Girl not from US: "Oh...... I hate america... The people as well.. Their so stupid..."
Me: "Oh really?.... You been there?"
Girl not from US: "No"
Story is similar across the globe

Same girl not from US: "Oh I hear Bondi is touristy and trashy.. Like Miami..
Me: "Actually no.. Bondi is beautiful.. and so is Miami"

Different girl not from US: "Most Americans I've met are ignorant bastards"
Me: "Sorry to hear that. How many do you know?"
Different girl not from US: "I've met about 3 traveling so far in the last 6 months"

crazy i tell you..
To be fair.. I've only been "hated" on 3 times ever right when they met me. Some didn't like americans but gave me a chance and saw I had too had two eyes, nose, and a mouth like they did and suddenly we became best friends.


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QUOTE(skylab @ Oct 20 2009, 02:24 AM) *

Picking on American's is fashionable these days. If an English said something ridiculous, it's not as serious as an American saying the same thing. I can care less. Just sayin wink.gif


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QUOTE(introducinlyric @ Oct 19 2009, 08:33 PM) *

i have come across many americans (and im not making a dig at americans as i am half american myself ) that have strange uneducated ideas about Australia and kangaroos.....


Ehhh...just go throw some shrimp on the bar-b... smile.gif

While I agree with the premise that many Americans "have strange uneducated ideas about Australia" I doubt that anyone thinks a kangaroo will come hug them in the airport.


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Itīs that some people were not brought up with a world view for some reason. Only know what you learned kinda thing.


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I hardly met any US backpackers when I was travelling a few years ago in Asia but the ones I did meet were all sound. Well apart from 1 guy who refused to do anything outrageous in case it came out on a psychometric test for a new job when he got home!


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QUOTE(tiger_lily @ Oct 22 2009, 12:24 AM) *

I just shook my head when I read that article. I mean do Americans really think we are like Crocodile Dundee or anyother stereotypical view like that. lol


That's the image Australia chooses to export, so what are people who live a million miles away suppose to believe?

Just like every other tourist who comes to NYC is suprised that there are no gangs running the streets and random murder happens on every block. The fact that NYC is one of the safest big cities in the world for almost a decade doesn't seem to curb that stereotype.


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QUOTE(laorfamily @ Oct 22 2009, 02:27 PM) *

Just like every other tourist who comes to NYC is suprised that there are no gangs running the streets and random murder happens on every block. The fact that NYC is one of the safest big cities in the world for almost a decade doesn't seem to curb that stereotype.


Really? I never thought that about New York... sounds more like what I imagine Baltimore or Detroit to be like. I thought NY was pretty upmarket!
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Oct 22 2009, 01:30 PM) *

Really? I never thought that about New York... sounds more like what I imagine Baltimore or Detroit to be like. I thought NY was pretty upmarket!


OK, maybe a bad example but you get the point.


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Someone should have taken her out to the country and given her an up close and personal tour of all the assorted roadkill littering the highways.






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whoa this has become a TPF hot topic of sorts laugh.gif

p.s also like the sublte "topic thread title change" from my original i guess it's a form of TP censorship .....


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QUOTE(laorfamily @ Oct 22 2009, 08:27 AM) *

QUOTE(tiger_lily @ Oct 22 2009, 12:24 AM) *

I just shook my head when I read that article. I mean do Americans really think we are like Crocodile Dundee or anyother stereotypical view like that. lol


That's the image Australia chooses to export, so what are people who live a million miles away suppose to believe?

Just like every other tourist who comes to NYC is suprised that there are no gangs running the streets and random murder happens on every block. The fact that NYC is one of the safest big cities in the world for almost a decade doesn't seem to curb that stereotype.


/claps ! yes.gif


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