Indonesia is a developing country in Southeast Asia. It is true that Indonesia is known for some distinctive stuff. For example, one of them is the fact that it is one of the largest Muslim populated countries. Isn’t that interesting? With a huge Muslim population, Indonesia is able to maintain a good level of peace nationally.

Indonesia is also known for its tourism, with its thousands of islands, hundreds of traditional languages (that no one cares about), beautiful bitches (I meant beaches), etc.

But, before I tell you my point, I want to emphasize that I am no political expert – none of those political stuff. Clear?

Indonesia may mean something to the world. In fact, Indonesia is participating in some international organizations, such as, APEC, ASEAN, G-20, etc. – I can’t think of the rest now. So, there must be a reason why Indonesia takes part in those organizations. And I think it’s because other countries want to hear Indonesia’s points of view. Therefore, it would be unfair to say that Indonesia is insignificant or unimportant.

However, Indonesia is not in the place to be arrogant, especially the “kampungan” Indonesian people. There are too many inconsequential things that Indonesian people like to criticize. For example, currently, the Garuda symbol on Armani’s t-shirt.

In my opinion, those people who criticized the use of Garuda on the t-shirts were being too hypocritical. They’re all acting like they are extremely nationalistic and all, but hey! Are they even willing to wear a t-shirt with a huge Garuda on the chest to go out, let say, to go on a casual date at Senayan City? No, right? If they don’t even have the pride to wear things that say INDONESIA, why bother criticizing?

Honestly, I have never seen anyone I know wear anything with Indonesian flag or Garuda (except during Independence Day). Why? Because, in general, we’re not very nationalistic. How many of you like the Monday morning ceremony? EXACTLY!

My point is, if we’re not even nationalistic ourselves, why are we criticizing someone else’s GOOD intention? Why suddenly bother?

Plus, what does the Garuda on Armani’s t-shirt mean to those hypocritical people? Which part of that symbol is degrading? Armani didn’t add a huge penis on that bird right? He didn’t put two boobs on the Garuda’s chest. As a matter of fact, he just gave Indonesia 15 minutes of fame.

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