Part of the reason that we don’t like immigrants is because they frighten us. And one way in which they frighten us is because we worry that — with the changes they bring — they’ll wind up marginalizing us and making us less important and less relevant.
There is a name for that fear: cultuphobia…
Judging from the reaction on the “Good Morning America” page on Facebook and the comment section following news stories about the switch, many regular viewers of “Good Morning America” did not appreciate the gimmick. In fact, many of them were furious. Some said they changed the channel. Others vowed to never watch the show again if there is a repeat performance. “This had better be a one-time thing,” wrote one disgruntled viewer.
One woman complained that, when she tunes in to her favorite morning news show, she expects to get what she always gets — the news of the day “in ENGLISH.”
There’s the giveaway. For many of those angry “Good Morning America” viewers, it might just have been a case of them preferring to stick with what they like. But for others, it was a case of cultuphobia. These viewers aren’t just protecting their favorite show, but — as they probably see it — their language, culture and civilization.