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20th Apr '16 6:15:39 AM Jaro7788
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It's still relatively common to see portrayals of non-Russian Slavs, particularly the Balkan Slavs (and people who aren't Slavs but get lumped with them anyway, such as the Romanians or Greeks) as uncultured thugs and savages keen on getting revenge on their "ancient enemies" i.e. their neighboring country/tribe/village. There's also depictions of them as cunning tricksters who might outwardly accept (Western) civilization, but actually just exploit it for their own gains (e.g. a mock democracy run by a clique of corrupt generals). See {{Ruritania}} for more details.

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It's still relatively common to see portrayals of non-Russian Slavs, particularly the Balkan Slavs (and people who aren't Slavs but get lumped with them anyway, such as the Romanians or Greeks) as uncultured thugs and savages keen on getting revenge on their "ancient enemies" i.e. their neighboring country/tribe/village. There's also depictions of them as cunning tricksters who might outwardly accept (Western) civilization, but actually just exploit it for their own gains (e.g. a mock democracy run by a clique of corrupt generals). generals).

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that most Slavic countries are significantly poorer than their West European neighbors and their history of beign sold as slaves or discriminated against in some of the most egregious ways known to mankind, having them portrayed in an unfavorable (or rather "traditional") light very rarely results in backlash similar in any way to that whenever the offended party is of not-White and/or not-Christian origins. It should come as no surprise then that whenever a Western artist is in need of a villainous character with at least somewhat exotic background but isn't willing to risk being called out on racism or another prejudice, casting a Slav in the role is pretty much their safest bet.

See {{Ruritania}} for more details.
29th Mar '16 9:37:32 AM MsChibi
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Such women are pretty much the DistaffCounterpart to the above. While fat men are not exempt from being bashed, in the media - and sometimes in RealLife - it's fat women who get the brunt of said bashing, often called 'whales' or 'hippo-ladies' and considered the epitome of ugliness, which is an inexcusable and unacceptable flaw for a woman. Not to mention that positive portrayals in the media are almost non-existent.

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Such women are pretty much the DistaffCounterpart to the above. While fat men are not exempt from being bashed, in the media - and sometimes in RealLife - it's fat women who get the brunt of said bashing, often called 'whales' or 'hippo-ladies' and considered the epitome of ugliness, which is an inexcusable and unacceptable flaw for a woman.woman, InAWorld where MenActWomenAre. Not to mention that positive portrayals in the media are almost non-existent.
23rd Mar '16 12:42:58 AM Kirayoshi
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* The decidedly Scottish Amy Pond occasionally got some good-natured ribbing on ''Series/DoctorWho'', notably for her temper. Occasionally she'd bring it up herself; in "The Asylum of the Daleks", when Oswin suggested that her growing anger might be a side-effect of her being infected with Dalek nanogenes, she answered, "Well, somebody hasn't been to Scotland."
-->'''The Doctor''': You're Scottish, go fry something!
5th Mar '16 1:00:19 PM StFan
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27th Feb '16 6:19:37 AM TomSFox
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-->'''Grandpa''': Last time those meteors came we thought the sky was on fire. Naturally we blamed it on the Irish. We hung[sic] more than a few.

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-->'''Grandpa''': Last time those meteors came we thought the sky was on fire. Naturally we blamed it on the Irish. We hung[sic] hung more than a few.
16th Feb '16 8:03:27 AM igordebraga
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'''Past colonizers\colonies'''

In the Americas, most countries mock the European potencies who colonized them, and the colonists ensure there the joke goes both two ways. Stereotyping is a cheap source of laughs, particularly emphasizing the other's CulturalPosturing. Examples include UK and US (less so with Canada), Portugal and Brazil, and Spain with basically all the other Latin Americans.
14th Feb '16 11:11:50 PM search
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This group has become a growing accepted target in the United States due to the growing amount of immigration of these people. They are usually portrayed as being incredibly poor and will usually be sorted in the same class stereotypes as some African-American groups resulting in many conflicts (ex. gangs). This is often portrayed in dramas dealing with high schools in urban high crime areas such as ''Film/DangerousMinds''.

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This group has become a growing accepted increasingly unacceptable target in the United States due to the growing amount of immigration (and therefore political votes and purchasing power) of these people. They are usually portrayed as being incredibly poor and will usually be sorted in the same class stereotypes as some African-American groups resulting in many conflicts (ex. gangs). This is often portrayed in dramas dealing with high schools in urban high crime areas such as ''Film/DangerousMinds''.
''Film/DangerousMinds''. They're about the second most discussed ethnicity when it comes to things like educational achievement and economic mobility, right after black people but before Asians.




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*The show "Devious Maids", starring Sophia Vergara among others, shows the housekeepers as more than just passive and hardworking by having them "stick it to the (rich white wo)man" by seducing and sleeping with their husbands, the show has received mixed reviews from the Hispanic community, with some people saying that the characters are more complex than the common housekeeper and others arguing that being shown as seductive and adulterous isn't exactly the best alternative even if we're supposed to sympathize with them.




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*The latest addition to the Channel Fox Five Sunday night animation lineup, "Bordertown", has a bunch of honest and hardworking hispanic immigrants vs. the chubby white guy who mistrusts immigrants. The rest of the town, whether they support immigration or not, tend to rush to appeal to a broader market to cash in on the growing immigrant population.
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.
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