History Film / WhiteMansBurden

4th Jul '17 9:44:28 PM BURGINABC
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Not to be confused (and it's not related to) [[Main/WhiteMansBurden with the trope]] with the [[NamesTheSame same name]].

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Not to be confused (and it's not related to) [[Main/WhiteMansBurden with the trope]] with the [[NamesTheSame same name]].
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* WhiteMansBurden: This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope (or rather, its inversion) particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.

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* WhiteMansBurden: Almost completely {{Averted}}, despite the name. This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope (or rather, its inversion) [[InvertedTrope inversion]]) particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, [[DownplayedTrope but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.cities]].
28th Jan '17 8:45:06 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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''White Man's Burden'' is a 1995 film starring JohnTravolta and Harry Belafonte in an [[AlternateUniverse alternate]] America in which blacks are the racial majority, and whites are a minority group. Travolta plays as Louis Pinnock, a factory worker, and Belafonte plays as Thaddeus Thomas, the owner of the factory. One day, Louis is asked to deliver a package to Thaddeus' house. However, he accidentally walks by the bedroom window where Thaddeus' wife is undressing. Thaddeus sees him, and reports him to Louis' supervisor, who fires him the next day. Shortly afterwards, Louis is beaten by cops on the way home, evicted from his house, and lands in a sore spot with his family. Unable to find a stable job, Louis kidnaps Thaddeus in order to gain money for his family. A series of events follow that change both of their lives forever.

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''White Man's Burden'' is a 1995 film starring JohnTravolta Creator/JohnTravolta and Harry Belafonte in an [[AlternateUniverse alternate]] America [[DifferentStatesOfAmerica America]] in which blacks are the racial majority, and whites are a minority group. Travolta plays as Louis Pinnock, a factory worker, and Belafonte plays as Thaddeus Thomas, the owner of the factory. One day, Louis is asked to deliver a package to Thaddeus' house. However, he accidentally walks by the bedroom window where Thaddeus' wife is undressing. Thaddeus sees him, and reports him to Louis' supervisor, who fires him the next day. Shortly afterwards, Louis is beaten by cops on the way home, evicted from his house, and lands in a sore spot with his family. Unable to find a stable job, Louis kidnaps Thaddeus in order to gain money for his family. A series of events follow that change both of their lives forever.
27th Jan '17 4:15:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* DifferentStatesOfAmerica: The film is set in an alternate United States that is very much the same as the real life version, except that [[PersecutionFlip race relations are reversed]], with blacks as the social majority and whites as the social minority.
14th Dec '16 3:28:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: {{Inverted}}. In the race-flipped society, Thaddeus' wife shows obvious discomfort when her son brings home a white date.
14th Dec '16 3:23:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Mammy}}: Inverted in the film, which is set in an alternate America where blacks are the dominant ethnic group and whites are the minority. Wealthy businessman Thaddeus Thomas has a white live-in maid who otherwise fits the physical description of being older, overweight, and servile exactly.
14th Dec '16 3:16:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* TooDumbToLive [[spoiler: Surrendering while still holding your gun isn't the best of ideas Louis.]]

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* TooDumbToLive [[spoiler: Surrendering while still holding your gun isn't the best of ideas Louis.]]]]
* WhiteMansBurden: This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope (or rather, its inversion) particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.
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9th Nov '16 1:18:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaX41DhH870 The trailer]] makes the movie look like an action thriller where Louis is a {{Badass}} AntiHero. In actuality, the action moments in the trailer are practically ''all'' of the action moments in the entire film. Also, Thaddeus is made to look more villainous. For example, his line "white people are genetically inferior" is taken out of context so that it sounds like he's stating his own opinion.[[note]]The opinion he was stating in that scene was still racist, but not quite that racist.[[/note]]

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* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaX41DhH870 The trailer]] makes the movie look like an action thriller where Louis is a {{Badass}} badass AntiHero. In actuality, the action moments in the trailer are practically ''all'' of the action moments in the entire film. Also, Thaddeus is made to look more villainous. For example, his line "white people are genetically inferior" is taken out of context so that it sounds like he's stating his own opinion.[[note]]The opinion he was stating in that scene was still racist, but not quite that racist.[[/note]]



* TooDumbToLive [[spoiler: Surrendering while still holding your gun isn't the best of ideas Louis.]]

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* TooDumbToLive [[spoiler: Surrendering while still holding your gun isn't the best of ideas Louis.]]
23rd Feb '15 1:45:54 PM ayjazz
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* TooDumbToLive [[spoiler: Surrendering while still holding your gun isn't the best of ideas Louis.]]
22nd Feb '15 8:40:12 PM Fireblood
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* PoliceBrutality: Louis becomes a victim of this when two cops mistake him for a perp with a similar appearance (i.e. white).

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* PoliceBrutality: Louis becomes a victim of this when two cops mistake him for a perp with a similar appearance (i.e. white). They beat him up after he gets justifiably upset at this.
22nd Feb '15 8:37:38 PM Fireblood
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* StereotypeFlip: The entire movie has blacks and whites reversing stereotypes. The white Louis' form of speech is very street-wise, whereas the black Thaddus is much more articulate. One minor difference is that the music of white youth is heavy metal instead of rap.

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* StereotypeFlip: The entire movie has blacks and whites reversing stereotypes. The white Louis' form of speech is very street-wise, whereas the black Thaddus Thaddeus is much more articulate. One minor difference is that the music of white youth is heavy metal instead of rap.
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