From Orane Réveiller, Université d’Angers, France.
When I think about the U.S, so many ideas and representations came to my mind. First of all, I think of modernity, technology (apple, the silicon valley) but also of music (Michael Jackson, Elvis, Madonna…), arts (Andy Warhol, Keith Haring…), cinema (western genre, horror movies…), food (hamburgers, coca-cola…) and landscapes (Yellow Stone, Central Park, Grand Canyon…). America is also link to the idea of Freedom with the well known Statue of Liberty, but also with the old image of the U.S I have: the conquest of the West full of greenfield.
But in my mind, what represents the best the U.S is the cheerleading. Indeed, in a lot of movies (But I’m a Cheerleader!, Grease), TV shows (Glee, Cheer!) or music videos (Charli XCX- Break the Rules, Madonna-Give me all your luv) American high schools and colleges are introduced by showing a cheerleading training.
This activity became known in the middle of the 20th century in the USA by opening itself to women, this sports has soon after its creation reached Canada and England. Nowadays, Japan has its own form of cheerleading: “Ōendan”. And even in France some colleges have their own cheerleading teams to accompany the rugby or football team of the college.