British singer Dodie Clark accidentally started an international incident recently with a tweet sharing an observation about the difference between British manners and American. There are tons of differences between the Brits and their plucky renegade American cousins, but this one set Twitter aflame.
Check it out.
Elevator small-talk is a hot button issue here in the states already. Some people would rather you just pee on them than talk to them, others look at everyone in an elevator as their new BFF for 35-45 seconds. The brits, however, seem to have an across-the-board-disdain for that sort of thing. Either way, things got heated.
First there was the shocked and horrified crew.
people say “morning!” to me when im hiking and im like why. why did u have to speak to me. i miss the cold-hearted london public— fiona 🌤 (@neonfiona) January 20, 2018
Us Brits do it but by god is it awkward. If you are with another person and there's two people you DONT know, it's like having the final answer jingle on Who Wants To Be Millionaire. Dead. Silence. Its super weird. Are we weird? Yeh, we weird.— ❄ Winter JohnSnow ❄ (@DavidJohnsonX) January 20, 2018
Then the "no we absolutely do not do that!" crew.
i find this tweet both false and deeply offeNsive literally how could you what a total bitch Blocked and reported ✌🏼💕😳— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) January 20, 2018
I’m American I stare at my phone I hate cringy convos with randoms I CANT DO IT— shelby rhodes (@missshelbayy) January 20, 2018
-* person walks in elevator *— Hoodie still wants to fight the world (@littlefllofrain) January 20, 2018
- “ what floor are you going to?”
- “ floor 5”
-* person pushes button*
that’s pretty much all the conversation us americans have in elevators
And finally the "... so?" contingency came out to play. They were probably held up making new friends while chatting in the post office line or something.
It is ridiculous. What comes to mind: alienation, stereotyping, bent-neck posture... Conversations or chats while in elevators, waiting in lines, normalizes our sameness. We don’t have to be distrustful or judgmental. It’s called “being friendly.”— Cindy Aitch (@twindy5) January 20, 2018
why is this such a big deal?? we just want to make conversation and be kind to others?? is it really that bad?? and not everyone does it. i don’t tend to talk to strangers as much as whoever i’m with, there’s no reason to be in silence if you talk to someone and they reciprocate— kai !! (@SepticEyeOakley) January 20, 2018
And we're just here like:
We have no idea why, but the tweet seriously blew up. People are REALLY heated about this. Do American's talk in elevators? Is it a big deal if they do or are the Brits just uptight and unfriendly? Sound off!