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21st Apr '18 6:01:41 AM WillyFourEyes
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You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. ''Especially'' if you happen to be [[DoubleStandard a woman]], in which case you'll likely be an AbhorrentAdmirer. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]

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You must be dumb.[[FatIdiot dumb]]. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob.[[FatSlob slob]]. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. ''Especially'' if you happen to be [[DoubleStandard a woman]], in which case you'll likely be an AbhorrentAdmirer. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]



* In ''HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Gilderoy Lockhart actually justifies putting a Memory Charm on a witch and taking credit for her work just because she had a cleft lip. Averted in that Lockhart is making himself out to be a horrible person to the reader.

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* In ''HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Gilderoy Lockhart actually justifies putting a Memory Charm on a witch and taking credit for her work just because she had a cleft lip. Averted in that Lockhart is making himself out to be a horrible person to the reader.



* Women with flat chests ''and'' women with huge breasts are often the subject of ridicule. The former are often accused of being immature, while the latter are often accused of being slutty.

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* Women with [[ACupAngst flat chests chests]] ''and'' women with [[DCupDistress huge breasts breasts]] are often the subject of ridicule. The former are often accused of being immature, while the latter are often accused of being slutty.



** Not to mention Jake Tucker and his upside down face.

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** Not to mention Jake Tucker and his upside down upside-down face.



* The infamous OneHitWonder "Short Dick Men" by Gilette, back in the mid 1990's. The bowdlerized version changed that part of the lyrics for "Short ''Short'' Men", which not only misplaced the singers complaint to another AcceptableTarget (men of small size), but also because the "tiny weenie" lyrics weren't edited out the target became "short men with small equipement".

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* The infamous OneHitWonder "Short Dick Men" by Gilette, back in the mid 1990's. mid-1990's. The bowdlerized version changed that part of the lyrics for "Short ''Short'' Men", which not only misplaced the singers singer's complaint to another AcceptableTarget (men of small size), but also because the "tiny weenie" lyrics weren't edited out the target became "short men with small equipement".
equipment".



People of smaller-than-average height, especially males, face discrimination in several facets. Physically, they are smaller, so they may be seen as "small" in other ways due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]]. Mentally, their personality is considered weak no matter what it is; if they are timid, they are weak all-around; if they are aggressive, they must suffer from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex Napolean Complex]]. Sexually, men in particular face serious difficulties in the dating arena; studies have shown that height matters more to women on average (as polled through dating sites) than money, fitness, or personality. This general sentiment means they will often be cast in sexually unappealing roles.

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People of smaller-than-average height, especially males, face discrimination in several facets. Physically, they are smaller, so they may be seen as "small" in other ways due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]]. Mentally, their personality is considered weak no matter what it is; if they are timid, they are weak all-around; if they are aggressive, they must suffer from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex Napolean Napoleon Complex]]. Sexually, men in particular face serious difficulties in the dating arena; studies have shown that height matters more to women on average (as polled through dating sites) than money, fitness, or personality. This general sentiment means they will often be cast in sexually unappealing roles.

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* The entire driving plot of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is that despite being a smooth talking literary genius who has a way with words, he couldn't get a girlfriend to save his life because he has a big nose. We're not talking a slightly-larger-than-average Roman nose. We're talking about an epic schnozzola that has defined the very real former Gascogne knight and playwright for over 300 years.

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* The entire driving plot of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is that despite being a smooth talking smooth-talking literary genius who has a way with words, he couldn't get a girlfriend to save his life because he has a big nose. We're not talking a slightly-larger-than-average Roman nose. We're talking about an epic schnozzola that has defined the very real former Gascogne knight and playwright for over 300 years.



** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely to get to actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world experience to boot) right from the start.

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** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely to get to actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world real-world experience to boot) right from the start.



* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately it has the double-whammy of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.

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* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately Unfortunately, it has the double-whammy of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.



It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with more muscle than brain in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers talking shit on message boards and online games, or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!

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It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with [[DumbMuscle more muscle than brain brain]] in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers {{basement dweller}}s [[InternetToughGuy talking shit on message boards and online games, games]], or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!



There's usually a good reason for it in RealLife, but in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with the vast ocean of differences between the social classes. HilarityEnsues.

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There's usually a good reason for it in RealLife, but in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with [[CultureClash the vast ocean of differences between the social classes.classes]]. HilarityEnsues.
28th Feb '18 8:11:28 PM nombretomado
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* Walter, Annie's fiance from SleeplessInSeattle, has many allergies including some foods. While he's not unsympathetically treated on the whole, it is presented as if it's a nerdy and less-than-sexy trait.

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* Walter, Annie's fiance from SleeplessInSeattle, ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', has many allergies including some foods. While he's not unsympathetically treated on the whole, it is presented as if it's a nerdy and less-than-sexy trait.
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''.
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