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“Alex” – the Animated Story to Crush Negative Stereotypes About Greece

As Greece still struggles with an international image crisis, a group of young Greeks created an animation video for one purpose: “to show the world the untold side of the Greek crisis, and crush the negative stereotypes of our country.” According to creators, the symbolic figure of “Alex” is based on the story one hears, here and there. With lots of irony…

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8 comments

  1. Excellent!

  2. Unless we can prove otherwise

    Let’s see what they come up with. I just hope it’s substantial and not some kind of PR-fudge aimed at a perceived general opinion abroad. Until today, on a person to person level, I have heard these stereotypes more from Greeks than from foreigners.

  3. Very Clever. However, for me,most Greeks are as Alex is described. I have lived with them for twenty eight years and I can count on one hand the Greeks that I have come across who are decent, law abiding and honest. I am expressing a personal opinion. I speak fluent Greek, read and write it. My children went to Greek school, did their army service but it makes not an iota of difference to their attitude to foreigners.
    I wish I had something nice to say about them as a race but I can think of nothing.

  4. Susan, may I ask if you are discriminated by Greek people? The reason I ask is that there is a phenomena whereas when people in a country (Greece) feel discriminated against by the host country citizens, it is more easier to find the fault with them than the good. I know, as I used to also feel the same way. But, Susan, I don’t want to put you down, but can I please ask you to think harder. There must be some Greek friends that you truly enjoy? I would recommend focusing on them, and only them and ignore the other jerks.

    I would say that 1/2 of the Greeks are as you say, but the other half are gracious, kind, and truly great people. Those are the ones I focus on.

    And finally, may I ask you to join an expat group, there are many, and this will keep you connected to your homeland, and when you get frustrated by the locals, you can vent with them, and that way when you deal with Greeks, you won’t vent, because this can also be a reason why you feel the way you do. If you are negative to them, it’s easier for them to be negative to you.

    I’ve been where you have been, and have been in Greece 40 years.

    God bless, and take care

  5. I have lived on all but 1 continent, I have lived and worked in most European countries, I have spend years in the Middle East, and I have children who hold 6 different nationalities because of my rather bohemian life style. The last thing anybody wants to do is join an “Expat group”. They all start with the best of intentions, but the result is always to same, isolation instead of integration. And they all become nothing short of bitching platforms for blaming locals for not living up to the “expats” expatations and experiences, usually based on lifestyle and climate thousands of miles away.
    Simply stop looking at people as nationalities or ethnic groups, and start seeing them for what they are, just people, warts and all. Don’t expect anything, for the simple act of expectations always results in disappointment. You’ll never be disappointed, only nicely surprised when nice things happen.
    I would really like to know what you base your statistic of 50/50 good – bad Greeks on. Smells a bit like the same logic as all immigrants are f***h, just a little less extreme.

  6. come on, 50-50 is metaphorically speaking. There is never a 100% in any society.

  7. What I am trying to say is that the over simplistic good/bad division is in the vast majority of cases based on expactation rather than fact. You simply cannot go into a place with preconceived expectations and then declare those who don’t live up to your expectations as bad, or lazy, or drunkards, or… Its those preconceived expectations that lead to the stereotyping expressed in the other comments, and rightfully tackled by the little animation. That does not mean that all Greeks or Irish or whatever are angels. It does mean they are people instead of somebody’s idea of what people should be.
    A very simple example of this is an experience I had many years ago in London when I was refused a job for which I was (still am) fully qualitified and had demonstated my ability to do what needed doing to the satisfaction of the people I would end up working with. In the end, I was refused the job because of my accent. Reason? Everybody who talks like you drink too much…

  8. Thanks soooo much for understanding! You are very kind. I will try to do as u say.
    God Bless u too.