I have always heard that carp is a coarse fish. When I see carp, they look ugly and not very appetizing. Carp seem to enjoy muddy, slow moving streams. Eating carp seems pretty low brow.
On the other hand, fried carp is prized in Alsace, France. This fish is honored with one or more seasonal festivals in Alsace. It seems that I have heard that in former days nobles used to prize carp and restrict the hoi poloi from eating carp.
Are these fish different fish in the US versus Europe? Is the bum rap of carp in the US undeserved? Does anyone have some explanation?