History Main / AcceptableEthnicTargets

10th Feb '16 11:41:17 PM 10-13-2
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During the 1980s era when international revulsion against [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] was at its height, there was a brief tendency in British and American works to have white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, turning up as villains, even in stories with nothing particularly to do with South Africa. If they weren't the BigBad, they were usually [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]], and visually portrayed in a manner bordering on that of the EvilAlbino (which isn't even accurate, since many Boers have fairly swarthy complexions). Even if the story wasn't about apartheid, they had a strong tendency to [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain be particularly nasty to any non-white character]] who crossed their path.
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During the 1980s era when international revulsion against [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] was at its height, there was a brief tendency in British and American works to have white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, turning up as villains, even in stories with nothing particularly to do with South Africa. If they weren't the BigBad, they were usually [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]], and visually portrayed in a manner bordering on that of the EvilAlbino (which isn't even accurate, since many Boers have fairly swarthy complexions).complexions from having lived for centuries in a semitropical climate). Even if the story wasn't about apartheid, they had a strong tendency to [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain be particularly nasty to any non-white character]] who crossed their path.
15th Jan '16 3:19:07 AM Anddrix
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** Actually the DVD commentary confirmed that the scene was originally supposed to be ambiguous; however [[ViewersAreMorons the test audience wanted a more literal interpretation]]. Also, the one witness in the trial who isn't a complete liar is the Arab doctor, who accurately translates the tape even though it's painful for him.
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** Actually the DVD commentary confirmed that the scene was originally supposed to be ambiguous; however [[ViewersAreMorons the test audience wanted a more literal interpretation]].interpretation. Also, the one witness in the trial who isn't a complete liar is the Arab doctor, who accurately translates the tape even though it's painful for him.
30th Dec '15 3:36:59 PM Anddrix
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{{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s like SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor, losers like [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]], and let's not even start about Nazi skinheads. And Jeffrey Tambor's character in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''. For some reason, however, this doesn't apply if you're also black, even if you're not a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. Perhaps this is because blacks are seen as much more likely to shave their heads as an intentional hairstyle rather than male pattern baldness than white people are, and this trope only seems to apply if you've actually lost the ability to grow hair. See also BaldOfEvil. Typically averted by BaldOfAwesome.
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{{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s like SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor, ComicBook/LexLuthor, losers like [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]], and let's not even start about Nazi skinheads. And Jeffrey Tambor's character in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''. For some reason, however, this doesn't apply if you're also black, even if you're not a BaldBlackLeaderGuy. Perhaps this is because blacks are seen as much more likely to shave their heads as an intentional hairstyle rather than male pattern baldness than white people are, and this trope only seems to apply if you've actually lost the ability to grow hair. See also BaldOfEvil. Typically averted by BaldOfAwesome.
15th Dec '15 6:38:35 PM Rothul
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* The Harlem Globetrotters, famous trick basketball players have an opponent team called a variety of names who are "Jobbers", a bunch of players who are required to go out and be the goofy white dudes who are flummoxed and utterly shown up by the Jesters of Basketball, generally simply standing around looking stupid while the Globetrotters perform. But both the aforementioned teams were '''owned by white men.''' In the early days the focus was less on basketball and more on comedy set-pieces and clowning acts, but since the late 70's, the exhibition games have become competitive with the addition of collegiate all-stars to the Generals roster.
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* The Harlem Globetrotters, famous trick basketball players have an opponent team called a variety of names (most famously the "Washington Generals") who are "Jobbers", a bunch of players who are required to go out and be the goofy white dudes who are flummoxed and utterly shown up by the Jesters of Basketball, generally simply standing around looking stupid while the Globetrotters perform. But both the aforementioned teams were '''owned by white men.''' In the early days the focus was less on basketball and more on comedy set-pieces and clowning acts, but since the late 70's, the exhibition games have become competitive with the addition of collegiate all-stars to the Generals roster.
8th Dec '15 12:17:48 PM erforce
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* The best remembered example nowadays is probably psychotic blond South African diplomat, murderer and smuggler Arjen Rudd in ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'', and his similarly pasty and vicious mooks.
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* The best remembered example nowadays is probably psychotic blond South African diplomat, murderer and smuggler Arjen Rudd in ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', and his similarly pasty and vicious mooks.
20th Nov '15 11:00:22 PM Llygodenfawr
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** Some parts of the song reference...[[UnfortunateImplications Unfortunate stereotypes]] about Roma people:
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** Some parts of the song reference...[[UnfortunateImplications Unfortunate unfortunate stereotypes]] about Roma people:

* Believe it or not, Wrestling/{{TNA}} Wrestling actually manages to avert it, ''and'' subvert it. The aversion comes with [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]], burqa-clad wrestler/manager who was one of the most powerful women in TNA's "Knockout" division (thanks largely to her association with the unstoppable [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]]), though she's an example a [[ForeignWrestlingHeel long running tradition]] of mysterious Arab {{Heel}}s(though Syrians are largely non Arab), its more flattering than a terrorist angle. The subversion comes with "Sheik Abdul Bashir", who would seem to be the epitome of that standard "terrorist" stereotype, what with the angry rhetoric and the comments about holding the X-Division title "hostage"… but only if you ignore his introductory vignettes, which established him as a former Iranian-American businessman who lost everything after 9/11 due to runaway hatred of Middle Easterners, and then decided that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he would make himself into the very personification of American fears as the ultimate revenge]]. Said vignettes even established that Abdul Bashir isn't even his real name; that would be Shawn Daivari.
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* Believe it or not, Wrestling/{{TNA}} Wrestling actually manages to avert it, ''and'' subvert it. The aversion comes with [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]], burqa-clad wrestler/manager who was one of the most powerful women in TNA's "Knockout" division (thanks largely to her association with the unstoppable [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]]), Kong]]); though she's an example of a [[ForeignWrestlingHeel long running tradition]] of mysterious Arab {{Heel}}s(though {{Heel}}s (though Syrians are largely non Arab), its it's more flattering than a terrorist angle. The subversion comes with "Sheik Abdul Bashir", who would seem to be the epitome of that standard "terrorist" stereotype, what with the angry rhetoric and the comments about holding the X-Division title "hostage"… but only if you ignore his introductory vignettes, which established him as a former Iranian-American businessman who lost everything after 9/11 due to runaway hatred of Middle Easterners, and then decided that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he would make himself into the very personification of American fears as the ultimate revenge]]. Said vignettes even established that Abdul Bashir isn't even his real name; that would be Shawn Daivari.

* Played completely straight with several ForeignWrestlingHeel's from the 60's and 70's, most noteably EdFarhat aka The Original Sheik, TheIronSheik and manager GeneralSkandorAkbar. Akbar in particular is noteable as he essentially personified the whole "greedy arab oil magnate" stereotype. The Sheik personified the barbaric savage, he wouldnt even speak English in character, and The Iron Sheik, while not a barbarian, came off as a violent thug.
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* Played completely straight with several ForeignWrestlingHeel's from the 60's and 70's, most noteably notably EdFarhat aka The Original Sheik, TheIronSheik and manager GeneralSkandorAkbar. Akbar in particular is noteable notable as he essentially personified the whole "greedy arab Arab oil magnate" stereotype. The Sheik personified the barbaric savage, he wouldnt wouldn't even speak English in character, and The Iron Sheik, while not a barbarian, came off as a violent thug.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had ''Carbombya,'' an obvious jab at Libya.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had ''Carbombya,'' ''Carbombya'', an obvious jab at Libya.

Tend to be mocked because of "not really being Asian" due to the fact that Filipino Culture has far more Western influences (due to three ''centuries'' of Spanish control and a few highly-influential decades of American rule and influence) than Eastern Asian ones. This thought was essentially summarized in the line of a ''Series/MADtv'' sketch: ''"He's not Asian, he's Filipino!"'' or in an episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace,'' when Karen mentioned her boss was away on business in the Phillipines: "I like Filipinos; they're Asian, but they're not cocky about it." Then there are all the jokes about Filipino foreign workers caricatured as being practically everywhere. Not to mention all the mail-order brides and prostitutes jokes that always seem to pop up. Plus the fact that young Filipino boys are now seen as a kind of catch-all for what gay men are supposed to be into.
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Tend to be mocked because of "not really being Asian" due to the fact that Filipino Culture has far more Western influences (due to three ''centuries'' of Spanish control and a few highly-influential decades of American rule and influence) than Eastern Asian ones. This thought was essentially summarized in the line of a ''Series/MADtv'' sketch: ''"He's not Asian, he's Filipino!"'' or in an episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace,'' when Karen mentioned her boss was away on business in the Phillipines: Philippines: "I like Filipinos; they're Asian, but they're not cocky about it." Then there are all the jokes about Filipino foreign workers caricatured as being practically everywhere. Not to mention all the mail-order brides and prostitutes jokes that always seem to pop up. Plus the fact that young Filipino boys are now seen as a kind of catch-all for what gay men are supposed to be into.
20th Nov '15 10:26:11 AM DouglasFir
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A subset of AcceptableTargets. Remember that these aren't always ethnic in the literal sense we're used to -- they just refer to someone who has something about them which, short of some artificial means such as plastic surgery, they can't really change. Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery much like AcceptableHardLuckTargets.
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A subset of AcceptableTargets. Remember that these aren't always ethnic in the literal sense we're used to -- they just refer to someone groups who has something about them which, short of some artificial means such as plastic surgery, are targeted for their physical appearance or for having inborn traits that they can't really change. Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery much like AcceptableHardLuckTargets.
16th Nov '15 10:30:35 PM DouglasFir
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A subset of AcceptableTargets. Remember that these aren't always ethnic in the literal sense we're used to -- they just refer to someone who has something about them which, short of short of some artificial means such as plastic surgery, they can't really change. Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery much like AcceptableHardLuckTargets.
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A subset of AcceptableTargets. Remember that these aren't always ethnic in the literal sense we're used to -- they just refer to someone who has something about them which, short of short of some artificial means such as plastic surgery, they can't really change. Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery much like AcceptableHardLuckTargets.
16th Nov '15 12:39:35 PM DouglasFir
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The seventy year mark has already passed.
World War II ended over sixty years ago, but the occasional German or German-American is portrayed with [[AllGermansAreNazis Nazi-esque]] (or even Imperial Prussian-style) mannerisms, if not portrayed as an outright villain.
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World War II ended over sixty seventy years ago, but the occasional German or German-American is portrayed with [[AllGermansAreNazis Nazi-esque]] (or even Imperial Prussian-style) mannerisms, if not portrayed as an outright villain.
16th Nov '15 12:37:17 PM DouglasFir
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Removing and fixing redlinks
* In comedy, Hispanics are often portrayed as lazy and willing to work low paying jobs. Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' feature hispanic men speaking English in a slow-witted lazy kind of matter. In the episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E6DYikes D-Yikes]]" a group of Hispanic men are recruited for several jobs from spying to substitute teaching. Subverted when they have the day laborers competently teaching long division, and when the kids admit that the workers are teaching them more that their actual teacher would have. In another episode a sleeping Mexican janitor is mistaken for a wax sculpture while he is sleeping in a room displaying wax figures of people from different ethnicities portraying their stereotypes.
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* In comedy, Hispanics are often portrayed as lazy and willing to work low paying jobs. Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' feature hispanic men speaking English in a slow-witted lazy kind of matter. In the episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E6DYikes D-Yikes]]" "D-Yikes" a group of Hispanic men are recruited for several jobs from spying to substitute teaching. Subverted when they have the day laborers competently teaching long division, and when the kids admit that the workers are teaching them more that their actual teacher would have. In another episode a sleeping Mexican janitor is mistaken for a wax sculpture while he is sleeping in a room displaying wax figures of people from different ethnicities portraying their stereotypes.

Because of the Soviet Union, a little thing called the UsefulNotes/TheColdWar, and a good deal of old Czarist Russia, the peoples of Eastern Europe are widely mocked or cast as villains in action films because of the Cold War. Often portrayed as outwardly cold or immoral for their part in the former Soviet Union. Icy relations with the West are slowly seeing the resurgence of old stereotypes.
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Because of the Soviet Union, a little thing called the UsefulNotes/TheColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and a good deal of old Czarist Russia, the peoples of Eastern Europe are widely mocked or cast as villains in action films because of the Cold War. Often portrayed as outwardly cold or immoral for their part in the former Soviet Union. Icy relations with the West are slowly seeing the resurgence of old stereotypes.

* Wolfe Messer in ''Film/{{Cannonball}}'' plays so many German clichés so straight that it seems to be okay to blow him up and make him the first character killed in that movie.
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* Wolfe Messer in ''Film/{{Cannonball}}'' ''Cannonball'' plays so many German clichés so straight that it seems to be okay to blow him up and make him the first character killed in that movie.

* In the film ''Film/RienADeclarer'' one of the characters is a Belgian. He puts his country above anything else and tries to absolutely do anything so that he should not work with French.
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* In the film ''Film/RienADeclarer'' '' Rien à déclarer'' one of the characters is a Belgian. He puts his country above anything else and tries to absolutely do anything so that he should not work with French.

* This happens in ''Film/SoulPlane'', a movie where ''everybody'' is game. The scene shows a man, without showing his face at first, walking through the aisles. As he's passing by, flight attendants and passengers stop and stare at him in fear or disgust (while the theme for ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' is being played). When he finally reaches his seat, he's revealed to be a Middle-Eastern man in a turban. As soon as the poor guy sits down, he suddenly gets harassed by two employees and is called "Osama" by one of them. It's all PlayedForLaughs.
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* This happens in ''Film/SoulPlane'', '' Soul Plane'', a movie where ''everybody'' is game. The scene shows a man, without showing his face at first, walking through the aisles. As he's passing by, flight attendants and passengers stop and stare at him in fear or disgust (while the theme for ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' is being played). When he finally reaches his seat, he's revealed to be a Middle-Eastern man in a turban. As soon as the poor guy sits down, he suddenly gets harassed by two employees and is called "Osama" by one of them. It's all PlayedForLaughs.

* Creator/PaulSinha, who's Asian-British and gay, plays with this.
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* Creator/PaulSinha, Paul Sinha, who's Asian-British and gay, plays with this.

* Alma Pudden in ''Literature/StClaire''. Really fat, obsessed with food, dumb and mean and mocked by the main characters.
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* Alma Pudden in ''Literature/StClaire''.''Literature/StClares''. Really fat, obsessed with food, dumb and mean and mocked by the main characters.

* During the days of apartheid there was actually a test to check whether a multiracial person was black or white by sticking a pencil in his hair. If it remained stuck it was obviously curly hair and thus the person was black. If it just fall the person was white. WeAreNotMakingThisUp! As you can imagine this test was quite unreliable and some family members were separated from the others just on the basis of the curliness of their hair.
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* During the days of apartheid there was actually a test to check whether a multiracial person was black or white by sticking a pencil in his hair. If it remained stuck it was obviously curly hair and thus the person was black. If it just fall the person was white. WeAreNotMakingThisUp! As you can imagine this test was quite unreliable and some family members were separated from the others just on the basis of the curliness of their hair.
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