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June 22, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, cheesecake, CIDU, comic strips, comics, food, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. Great collection!

    Comment by dorkable — June 22, 2007 @ 4:48 am

  2. “Ugly Americans” is a term used to refer to boorish or uncultured behavior by American citizens traveling abroad. The young woman misunderstands it to mean Americans who don’t look very good.

    However, that’s just the last panel. What I don’t understand is how ordering cheesecake makes them “Ugly Americans” — in either sense.

    Comment by Powers — June 22, 2007 @ 9:12 am

  3. I think they’re “Ugly Americans” because they’re discussing which fancy dessert cheesecake to have, and they can’t pick because they’ve had all of these desserts so many times that they’re actually bored with them. Meanwhile, lots of people in other parts of the world are, ya know, starving.

    I’m not saying it’s a good joke or anything, but I think that’s what he’s going for.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — June 22, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  4. He is the ugly American stereotype because he has lousy table manners. Elbows on the table are a distinct no-no.

    Plus, she doesn’t appear to have a napkin on her lap.

    And what are they drinking? Mini martinis?

    Comment by Krusher — June 22, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

  5. The actual “Ugly American” (from the novel of that name) was a nice person who respected foreigners and their ways. Now it’s stupidly inverted.

    Comment by Carl — June 24, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  6. I agree with Count Shrimpula, though I think it’s not so much that the desserts are fancy as they are incredibly excessive-sounding, what with the multiple-desserts-in-one combinations on a cheesecake base (kind of reminds me of Homer Simpson getting excited over a new ice cream that has little pies on top). This type of over-the-top aspect strikes me as a very U.S. thing, and something which some non-U.S. residents I’ve met will comment on if the topic turns to food.

    Comment by p. — June 24, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

  7. Frankly, I think it’s a question of style and taste:

    – The cheesecake described in the first panel would be quite interesting. Not just good but also a fairly original creation.

    – The cheesecake in the second panel would also be interesting, but less so – it’s getting dangerously close to “gimme a whole load of sugar please”.

    – This trend is taken to its logical conclusion in the 3rd panel, where we reach the bottom of the barrel as far as lack of style and sophistication goes. The only good think you could say about putting hot fudge on a cheese-cake would be that it is definitely giving your inner child exactly what it wants.

    The extra joke in the 4th panel is a give-away, so to speak. For the record: I’m inclined to think the joke is intentional on the lady’s part.

    Comment by Ron Obvious — June 25, 2007 @ 6:13 am

  8. Carl: If I correctly remember, “The Ugly American” was about the US losing the public relations war with the USSR because of inept diplomacy. One example was a shipment of food aid with no markings, which the Soviets marked ‘a gift from the people of the USSR’. Or something like that, it’s been a while since I read it.

    The book doesn’t discuss tourists, but I think the tourist-based use of the phrase is a good one. Both uses describe willfull ignorance of other cultures.

    Comment by DPWally — June 26, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  9. I’m fairly certain that all of these are actually on the menu at the Cheesecake factory. Although the sundae doesn’t actually have any cheesecake in it.

    To me this would have been funnier without the final panel, but with a copy of the cheesecake factory menu… (not MUCH funnier mind you…)

    Comment by Brian Postow — June 27, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

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