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23rd Nov '17 5:25:52 AM smittykins
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The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above.

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The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. (Extra points if it's referred to as "13th grade.") Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above.
13th Aug '17 11:32:21 AM IdentityUnknown
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The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above. This is one of the few fiction-based acceptable targets that also applies completely in real life--it is perfectly acceptable to insult the community college system and its students in most social situations.

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The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above. This is one of the few fiction-based acceptable targets that also applies completely in real life--it is perfectly acceptable to insult the community college system and its students in most social situations.
13th Jul '17 9:57:18 AM Luigifan
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Though with some luck, this just might be heading for DiscreditedTrope status, though there's still a very long way to go yet. See HeroicAlbino -- compare how short is next to the EvilAlbino one.

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Though with some luck, this just might be heading for DiscreditedTrope status, though there's still a very long way to go yet. See HeroicAlbino -- compare how short that page is next to the EvilAlbino one.



* Spoiler alert! In the movie ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' directed by Roman Polanski. Used and then subverted. A Japanese gardener refers to the "grasses" but the detective (along with the audience) only identifies the gardener's bad grammar and so dismisses him as a humourous red herring with nothing valuable to offer. Later, the detective returns and comes to realizes an essential clue from the gardener, who wasn't saying "grasses" but "glasses". The error wasn't in grammar, but in pronunciation: the 'r' and 'l' being commonly mispronounced by those Japanese who attempt to speak English. Shame on the detective for being so quick to dismiss an unsophisticated foreigner, eh?

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* Spoiler alert! In the movie ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' directed by Roman Polanski. Used and then subverted. A Japanese gardener refers to the "grasses" but the detective (along with the audience) only identifies the gardener's bad grammar and so dismisses him as a humourous red herring with nothing valuable to offer. Later, the detective returns and comes to realizes an essential clue from the gardener, who wasn't saying "grasses" but "glasses". The error wasn't in grammar, but in pronunciation: [[JapaneseRanguage the 'r' and 'l' being commonly mispronounced by those Japanese who attempt to speak English.English]]. Shame on the detective for being so quick to dismiss an unsophisticated foreigner, eh?



*** The character that asks that was born in India and moved to America; it seems like the writers were re-asking a fan question.



*** The character that asks that was born in India and moved to America; it seems like the writers were re-asking a fan question.



* Played with in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', when a wounded soldier with a bad stutter treated as an idiot by his commanding officer. However, the normally snobbish and rude Charles was very sympathetic and mentions that many very intelligent people also had stutters. At the end of the episode it was revealed that Charles's sister also has a stutter.

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* Played with in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', when a wounded soldier with a bad stutter treated as an idiot by his commanding officer. However, the normally snobbish and rude Charles was very sympathetic and mentions that many very intelligent people also had stutters. At the end of the episode episode, it was revealed that Charles's sister also has a stutter.



* Japanese musicians are often mocked for their accents (''especially'' by racists or other haters, but occasionally even by fans) even if the musician is ''not'' a vocalist and the accent only shows up in interviews or at most stage patter. A sad example here is the hate Music/YoshikiHayashi gets for his accent - while he does interviews on behalf of the band and talks/yells doing stage patter, he is a drummer, pianist, and occasional guitarist, ''none'' of which are affected by what remains of his accent, and his English is actually native-level for the most part.

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* Japanese musicians are often mocked for their accents (''especially'' by racists or other haters, but occasionally even by fans) even if the musician is ''not'' a vocalist and the accent only shows up in interviews or at most stage patter. A sad example here is the hate Music/YoshikiHayashi gets for his accent - -- while he does interviews on behalf of the band and talks/yells doing stage patter, he is a drummer, pianist, and occasional guitarist, ''none'' of which are affected by what remains of his accent, and his English is actually native-level for the most part.



*** Inverted in one episode where from his point of view, ''he'' is well spoken and clearly enunciates, but everyone ''else'' mumbles and adds random 'dang ol' cruft.

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*** Inverted in one episode where from his point of view, ''he'' is well spoken well-spoken and clearly enunciates, but everyone ''else'' mumbles and adds random 'dang ol' cruft.cruft. Which goes a long way to explaining why he talks the way he does.
13th Jul '17 9:23:16 AM Luigifan
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Of course, in some cases there's some circular logic here - they're only unlucky because they happen to be AcceptableTargets.

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Of course, in some cases cases, there's some [[CircularReasoning circular logic logic]] here - -- they're only unlucky because they happen to be AcceptableTargets.



Though with some luck this just might be heading for DiscreditedTrope status, though there's still a very long way to go yet. See HeroicAlbino-- compare how short is next to the EvilAlbino one.

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Though with some luck luck, this just might be heading for DiscreditedTrope status, though there's still a very long way to go yet. See HeroicAlbino-- HeroicAlbino -- compare how short is next to the EvilAlbino one.



* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', it seems like Silas is this. Turns out, [[spoiler:that's ''exactly'' what he is.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', it seems like Silas is this. Turns out, [[spoiler:that's ''exactly'' what he is.]]
is]].



* Horrible truth in television since the persecution of albinos is still widespread, especially in areas of Africa where witch doctors pay a fine fee for albino limbs to use in their concoctions.

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* Horrible truth {{truth in television television}}, since the persecution of albinos is still widespread, especially in areas of Africa where witch doctors pay a fine fee for albino limbs to use in their concoctions.



* Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery. Examples include Borat, Inspector Clouseau, Ricky Ricardo, "Fes," ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'''s "Boomhauer," etc.
** It's hard to classify Boomhauer because nearly every character in the show can understand him perfectly even if the audience can't.

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* Foreign/unusual accents and dialects are also typically considered speech impediments, and therefore become subjects of mockery. Examples include Borat, Film/{{Borat}}, [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau, Clouseau]], [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo, Ricardo]], "Fes," ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'''s "Boomhauer," etc.
** It's hard to classify Boomhauer because nearly every character in the show can understand him perfectly perfectly, even if the audience can't.



* Spoiler alert! In the movie ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' directed by Roman Polanski. Used and then subverted. A Japanese gardener refers to the "grasses" but the detective (along with the audience) only identifies the gardener's bad grammar and so dismisses him as a humourous red herring with nothing valuable to offer. Later, the detective returns and comes to realizes an essential clue from the gardener who wasn't saying "grasses" but "glasses". The error wasn't in grammar but in pronunciation: the 'r' and 'l' being commonly mispronounced by those Japanese who attempt to speak English. Shame on the detective for being so quick to dismiss an unsophisticated foreigner, eh?

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* Spoiler alert! In the movie ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' directed by Roman Polanski. Used and then subverted. A Japanese gardener refers to the "grasses" but the detective (along with the audience) only identifies the gardener's bad grammar and so dismisses him as a humourous red herring with nothing valuable to offer. Later, the detective returns and comes to realizes an essential clue from the gardener gardener, who wasn't saying "grasses" but "glasses". The error wasn't in grammar grammar, but in pronunciation: the 'r' and 'l' being commonly mispronounced by those Japanese who attempt to speak English. Shame on the detective for being so quick to dismiss an unsophisticated foreigner, eh?




** The character that asks that was born in India and moved to America, it seems like the writers were re-asking a fan question.

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\n** *** The character that asks that was born in India and moved to America, America; it seems like the writers were re-asking a fan question.
15th Jun '17 8:32:41 AM Piterpicher
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'''People with 'mild' disorders such as [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]], [[SuperOCD OCD]] or [[AspergersSyndrome Asperger's]]'''

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'''People with 'mild' disorders such as [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]], [[SuperOCD OCD]] or [[AspergersSyndrome [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's]]'''
19th May '17 12:11:40 AM That897Guy
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** Especially egregious since [[BrokenAesop the movie is meant to have the message of accepting people for their physical appearance and that there are different types of beauty.]]
21st Apr '17 5:26:40 PM modgethanc
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* The treatment of albinism in fiction is startlingly harsh. The condition seems to have been declared officially creepy with ''Literature/MobyDick'' (although the whale in question only had a white ''hump''). There are no ordinary people who happen to be albino; instead there are an assortment of insidious operatives and psychotic killers. There is a sense of albinos [[DisabilitySuperpower having some kind of otherworldly powers]], when all they can really claim is poor vision and susceptibility to skin cancer.

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* The treatment of albinism in fiction is startlingly harsh. The condition seems to have been declared officially creepy with ''Literature/MobyDick'' (although the whale in question only had a white ''hump''). There are no ordinary people who happen to be albino; instead there are an assortment of insidious operatives and psychotic psychopathic killers. There is a sense of albinos [[DisabilitySuperpower having some kind of otherworldly powers]], when all they can really claim is poor vision and susceptibility to skin cancer.




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* Averted, perhaps uniquely, by the Hopi people, an indigenous tribe that lives in Arizona. Due to a genetic quirk, albinism is very common among the Hopi, and since their traditional lifestyle involves working outside (the Southwest is very hot and sunny, so obviously not the greatest climate for someone with no melanin in their skin to protect against sunburn) they gave preferential treatment to albinos and had them do tasks that allowed them to stay indoors. Albinism is seen by them as special and a blessing rather than a deformity.



Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service. See also BurgerFool.

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Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service. See also BurgerFool.
BurgerFool. Overlaps with AcceptableProfessionalTargets.
15th Jan '17 10:58:41 AM nombretomado
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* Carl [[MeaningfulName Wheezer]] from ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron''.

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* Carl [[MeaningfulName Wheezer]] from ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron''.
''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
27th Nov '16 5:40:52 PM nombretomado
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* In TheDaVinciCode, it seems like Silas is this. Turns out, [[spoiler:that's ''exactly'' what he is.]]

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* In TheDaVinciCode, ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', it seems like Silas is this. Turns out, [[spoiler:that's ''exactly'' what he is.]]
1st Nov '16 7:29:13 PM N1KF
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Gai and Lee, who are frequently made fun of for their large eyebrows and their oddly shaped eyes and lashes, in canon, fanon, and just the fandom in general. The jumpsuit, haircut and poses are all their own choices, though, so those don't count.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Gai and Lee, who are frequently made fun of for their large eyebrows BigOlEyebrows and their oddly shaped eyes and lashes, in canon, fanon, {{canon}}, {{fanon}}, and just the fandom in general. The jumpsuit, haircut and poses are all their own choices, though, so those don't count.



'''Minimum Wage Employees'''[[note]]Also See BurgerFool.[[/note]]

Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service.

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'''Minimum Wage Employees'''[[note]]Also See BurgerFool.[[/note]]

Employees'''

Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service. \n See also BurgerFool.
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