In decades past, a certain cultural cringe still infected Ireland’s attitude to the United States. While such a vast economic and technological gulf existed between the nations, it seemed discourteous to object strongly to the rampaging distortions in depictions of Irish society.... Now that the lifestyle of the average Irishman seems so much closer to that of the average Californian, it appears all the more indecent that the US continues to peddle this garbage. We should now speak up.
Italian-Americans demanded that MTV cancel a new show supposedly depicting negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans. Israeli right-wingers protested a Swedish journalist who claimed Israeli soldiers had harvested organs from Palestinians. Indian demonstrators burned effigies of Richard Gere for insulting Indian culture by kissing Shilpa Shetty. Danish embassies were attacked by Muslims protesting the Muhammad cartoons in 2005.