I feel as though you may not have a lot of information on this issue. Giving you the benefit of the doubt I don’t believe you can truly assume that’s the soul reason why “we are hated by the rest of the world.” – Which by the way is not the case of everyone all over the world? As I agree that many are self-indulgent I don’t think that that holds true for just Americans, in fact a large number of countries in the world have beauty contests very much the same as our Miss America, how else would Miss Universe exist or fashion trends? I don’t believe just because these pictures of painted nails should vindicate such a bold statement (again not meaning any disrespect to you). When I looked at these photos I believe they are nothing more than another form of art… as other more familiar/traditional forms of what most consider art to be; art is made to be controversial, opinionated, liked, disliked, conventional, unconventional, understood, misunderstood etc. The only form of bad art is art not talked about or not recognized in any way. So I guess all I am really trying to say is that as trivial as this may seem to some or many I feel as though it’s just another form of art and how the artist portrays their vision. As I said before no disrespect to anyone’s opinion just trying to look at it in a different light.