- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2015

Al Jazeera’s digital news channel AJ+ posted a video for the Fourth of July that mocks Americans as fat, racist and violent.

The video, titled “Americans Show Why USA Is The #1 Country In The World,” features several people imitating the “typical” American and giving out sarcastic tidbits.

“Not to brag, but we have the most incarcerated people in the world. God bless the prison-industrial complex,” says one woman in an American flag T-shirt.

“When it comes to obesity, we lead the global Mickey Ds line. A third of us can’t even see our own toes,” says a man in a hat clutching a small American flag.

“Pew Pew, we’ve got 90 guns per 100 persons. Sorry, Yemen, we beat you in drones and guns,” says another man.



“Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers. Makes sense though, right? I mean racism in this country is a big pain in the ass,” says one woman.

“Other developed nations can’t compete when we lead with the most number of teen pregnancies per capita. Whaat whaat!” yells one woman waving a foam finger.

Al Jazeera also praised the U.S. for leading the world in credit card debt (“Just think of all the air miles!”) and for “the most deaths by lawnmower.”

Many social media users blasted the Qatari-owned network for pointing the finger at the U.S. while ignoring human rights abuses in its home country.

AJ+ executive producer David Cohn responded to critics, saying, “we definitely take shots at other countries,” Newsmax reported.

Mr. Cohn told one user who said he was unsubscribing to the AJ+ channel, “Sorry to hear that. You should keep in mind the spirit of this video is not necessarily ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ It’s both meant to be a bit of fun (light humor) as well as criticism. But criticism of our country isn’t a bad thing. In fact, you can argue it’s patriotic. Hope all is well.”

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