So everyone always says that a huge difference between British and (North) American culture is that Brits use sarcasm and teasing to show affection, and Americans don’t. But I’m wondering if this is still true given how much cultural cross-pollination takes place online?
Like… it’s often said that insulting and mocking your friends is less acceptable in an American context because it’s read as mean and cruel, whereas in British culture the highest form of affection you can show someone is relentlessly roasting them. And I’m really curious about whether that sort of “I make fun of you because I love you” culture has become more acceptable in American circles.
I ask because there was this huge wave of jokes and memes about Shiro’s birthday being Feb 29th and… I have to tell you, as a Brit in this fandom, that from my point of view that looked like an outpouring of love and affection for a character everyone loves. Like… nothing says “I love Shiro more than breathing” like reblogging 25 different jokes about him actually being a six-year-old. But I can’t help but wonder if the American side of fandom was actually just being really mean.
And I’m also partly curious because in this fic I’m writing, I really leaned into the idea that Allura is British (cos she has a British accent on the show) and that she would use that kind of sarcastic, mocking humour a lot. But Shiro (who’s Japanese American) probably wouldn’t get it? He strikes me as the type of guy who’s very polite and sweet and wouldn’t make fun of someone even as a joke.
I dunno I’m rambling but this cultural difference has always fascinated me, and I’m wondering if it’s starting to change or if it’s still the case that Americans don’t make fun of each other as a way of showing their undying love.