Today, while at the Golden Gate Bridge, I spotted a large group of Asians trying to take a picture. Trying to help, I slowly say, "You... want me... take picture?" while using hand motions. The man looks at me and says, "No thanks asshole, I got it," in plain English. FML
By Tourist / Thursday 26 March 2009 07:19 / United States
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  happy_dino  |  6

You racist bitch! Don't you know Asians can learn English?! DAMN! Appearently, you are NOT A FUCKING DIPLOMAT IF YOU ARE RACIST!!!!! Diplomat my ass!

  littlemissxx  |  0

I'm surprised by how many (caucasians) think that it is stereotypical that Asians can't speak english. Almost all asians nowadays that have a proper education (when i mean proper i mean normal schools, not the rundown classrooms built in third world countries) know a least a little english. most will be able to understand it but not be able to speak it too well. BTW, I'm talking about people under 30.

  mooshibear140  |  4

I agree with #558, you should pretended that you were the one who didn't know English. Lol.

OP, it was a kind gesture, but you should have made sure they didn't know how to speak the language before acting like a retard. Quite a lot of Asian people live in America and know how to speak English, so don't assume things like that! FYL and YDI at the same time, though.

  jamsackson  |  0

@575, Fuck you. You say Americans are looked down at why? Because we're all racists like this asshole and we all generalize other cultures? No, we're not all like that and you are no better than this asshole for assuming we all are.

  Hi_Itz_Me  |  0

Haha, "And people why Americans are looked down at." Sounds like you really can't speak English. It also sounds like those Asians speak better English than half of the people that commented on this FML. I'm hoping you meant to say that WONDER why Americans are looked down upon. In that case, you are steriotyping Americans by saying that we steriotype other people. Oh, the sweet, sweet irony.

  Rusty325  |  4

ok every1, yes his actions may be racist, but that probably isn't on purpose, however, it does show a typical misunderstanding of foreign cultures. I myself am English but I have a keen interest in oriental and asian culture (yes i know the orient is in Asia but is very different to most of Asia) and many of said cultures learn English as a language in schools almost as much as they learn their native language. Thank you.


The OP wasn't being racist and it surprises me how many people think that. You guys need to go back and look up the definition of racist. But I do think the OP was being a douchecanoe though...

  Masuabie  |  3

"...and people why Americans are looked down at"
Does that even make sense?

I think you meant, "People wonder why Americans are looked down at."

Honestly though, he was just trying to help. So I'm not sure how that portrays Americans poorly.

  lovelierlex  |  0

@752 Because he did it in a way that patronized the asians he was talking to. He could have just said: "Do you need help with that?" instead of saying "Do... you.... want... take picture," which seems like he's making fun of them for being too dumb to speak English. Honestly, this isn't THIS guy's FML. I would like to see an FML from the other guy's POV, saying "Today, I met a stupid redneck who assumed I was a retard who couldn't speak English just because I'm Asian-American."

  JurassicHole  |  5

I don't understand all the trash talking on Americans, so 1 guy is a complete idiot so that means all Americans are idiots? Oh almost forgot we're also all cowboys as well...or portrayed as redneck. If I hear or see a britsh guy or girl acting like a tard I don't go and say "Wow, Brits are retarded" or for any nationality for that matter. I have no ill-will towards countries or their respective people's. Nationality doesn't effect the way a person is except for maybe differentiating nationalism/patriotism etc.

Anyways rant over, but to OP that was a complete dick move no matter how you slice it. Sure you were trying to be helpful, but think before you speak next time please, thank you.

By  bdogg  |  0

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  pink_raindrops  |  26

I can understand him thinking they don't speak english...that's not a horrible assumption. I'm bothered by the fact that he thinks speaking slow, loud, broken english would be more helpful to them than just saying it normally.

By  lifesabit  |  0

..... you know if you wanted to be a diplomat you could have just asked normally instead of being a douche acting like they didn't know english and treating them like retards...... Isn't it a rule of thumb to ask in good english (shove off grammar police) first and then in broken english if they show that they don't understand?