In the US, any terror attack sends the media into a frenzy of fear mongering and as a result people here tend to be in a state of permanent fear. But as I have said many times before, Americans don’t seem to realize that people in other countries seem to be made of sterner stuff than those who live in the ‘home of the brave’ and take these awful acts in stride. It is not that they minimize the tragedies but that they don’t let themselves be paralyzed by them.
The British seem to be annoyed by US media that in the wake of the Manchester and London attacks reflexively reported that the country was ‘reeling’ from the attacks and that the people were ‘cowering’ in fear and that the nation was ‘under siege’. This report looks at the way they are responding with defiant humor to this portrayal, using among other things the fact that in the UK, the ‘reel’ is a folk dance common in Scotland and Ireland. One tweet said, “If London is reeling it means there must be an Irish dance festival in Trafalgar square again”. Under the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling people have listed the things that really leave them reeling, such as toasters that are not big enough to toast the entire slice of bread. I can see why that would be really infuriating.
John Oliver also lets loose on the US media mindlessly applying the US fear script to other nations.
That’s the way to react to terror attacks, not the whimpering and whining that the US media wants to portray.