American woman slammed by Australians for complaining about our ‘sad’ bagels
A US expat living in Tasmania has been lambasted online for complaining about our ‘sad and dense’ bagels, offended Australians using the US’s issues with gun violence and healthcare to fight back.
TikToker Ashleigh, who goes by @coffeeenut online, moved from New York to Tasmania for college and noticed bagels Down Under tasted different than in the US.
“Things in Australia that really don’t make sense to an American who just moved – bagels, moving on,” she said.
Ashleigh criticized Australian bagels for being “so dull and dense” but said our coffee culture was worth the trip.
An American expat living in Tasmania has been lambasted online for complaining about Aussie bagels, with many Australians pointing to America’s problems with gun violence and healthcare in response
Ashleigh’s comments did not sit well with some Australians, who began comparing her complaint to US gun violence and hugely expensive healthcare.
“I’ll tell you what doesn’t make sense to Aussies in America: guns,” one wrote.
Another commented: “Well I’m amazed that Americans can buy guns but not a Kinder Surprise…because someone might get hurt…a fucked up country I’m just saying.”
She is not impressed. The rest of the world is unimpressed with their daily school shootings,” added a third.
“Sad she escaped gun violence and lack of medical support for crappy bagels. Poor lady,” one user said sarcastically.
“Probably confused about our schools as well, mostly because they’re not shooting ranges,” another said.
The United States has seen 230 mass shootings since the start of 2022, according to Gun Violence Archive.
Australia, on the other hand, has had three since 1996, when former Prime Minister John Howard introduced sweeping gun reform following the horrific Port Arthur massacre, where 35 people were killed.
Ashleigh’s comments did not sit well with some Australians as many began to criticize her complaint saying it was a better problem to have than gun violence and exorbitant healthcare.
The United States has seen 230 mass shootings since the start of 2022, according to Gun Violence Archive. (Photo: National Rifle Association meeting and exhibit in Nashville, Tennessee)
Australia also beats the United States in healthcare, thanks to Medicare.
Medicare was introduced by the Whitlam government in 1975, where it was then called Medibank.
It was abolished in 1981 by Malcolm Fraser but later reinstated by the Hawke government in 1984 as Medicare.
Not all users were happy with the extreme reaction to Ashleigh’s minor complaint about the bagels, with many saying the response was unnecessarily exaggerated.
One American said, “What a thing to say to someone over a bagel. Seriously we don’t have the best coffee but someone is right to criticize it in my opinion lol. I wish we could have better coffee here.
“I love that Aussies are so offended and using this person’s dislike of bagels as a scapegoat for school shootings as if this person is saying school shootings are okay and bagels aren’t. not,” said a second user.
“SHE WAS HUMOROUS PEOPLE! pointed out a resident of Tasmania, before adding “she’s right, Australian bagels suck, I loved discovering bagels when I visited the United States”.
The United States also does not have universal healthcare, but Australia does under Medicare. Image bank
Not all users were happy with the extreme reaction to Ashleigh’s minor bagel complaint, with many saying the response was unnecessarily exaggerated.
In the United States, bagels are a popular breakfast option that is often topped with cream cheese and butter.
But Australians prefer bacon and egg rolls or avocado on toast with coffee first thing in the morning, rather than a bagel.
Ashleigh’s short video has gone viral and has been viewed 1.4 million times, garnering hundreds of comments.
In her video, the American expat acknowledged that Australian coffee is “much better” than “most” coffee in the United States.
Despite the differences between the United States and Australia, Ashleigh said she made “a good choice” in moving internationally.