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23rd Mar '17 6:22:47 AM MitchellProductions
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* '''Bullies''': While for certain bullying is to be looked down on and actively discouraged wherever possible, it is not uncommon for the victims of bullying, both in fiction and in real life to "snap" and retaliate with severely excessive force, typically disproportionate to the actual bullying. All too often they are applauded for their actions because the bullies "[[LaserGuidedKarma had it coming]]", when in any other circumstance it would be condemned.
* '''Victims of bullying''': Just as the bullies, their victims don't really get any sympathy either; for they are often blamed for making themselves easy targets to bullying, either because of things like, say, not choosing to fight back because he/she doesn't like to fight or is nonviolent. Also, bullying victims are seen as big wussies and need stop playing the victim and fight back, even though that if they do so, [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass they'll end up being labeled as the bad guy]] ''especially'' if they were being bullied for falling into some other AcceptableTarget category in the first place.
** Part and parcel of the above is a growing motion that people shouldn't be weak and just stand up for themselves; failing badly to realize why many really can't fight back against their bullies such as physical strength, numbers, even connections at one point. Surprisingly enough, bully retribution ends up being quite harmful to both parties; as the one seeking revenge lands him/herself into hotter trouble by both superiors (children who seek personal revenge are often committing similar violent acts against bullies end up facing consequences), or by the bully him/herself. Sadly AdultsAreUseless are in full effect here, as many in charge of dealing with bullies can't do anything much either usually because of legal stipulation or that they can't administer any stricter punishment than what they are legally allowed to do, which the bully shrugs off and resumes. It sort of becomes a vicious cycle in which the bullying may get worse even if they do choose to fight back, leaving many to realize that there would be no point in fighting back, even when they should. In turn, this causes severe apathy and just lets the bullying continue.
** Many schools also take a "zero tolerance" stance to violence in any and all circumstances, leading to victims of bullying facing an equal amount of punishment if they fight back even briefly in self-defense. While such policies are usually in place because it can be difficult to discern who initiated the violence, they still are acted upon even if the aggressor is obvious. The fact that the bullies tend to get away with their assaults so long as nobody fights back just makes things worse (not to mention more confusing). This also tends to send the message to the victims that "shame on you, your health and life aren't worth enough for you to protect yourself," making them feel even more persecuted and isolated.

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* '''Bullies''': While for certain bullying is to be looked down on and actively discouraged wherever possible, it is not uncommon for the victims of bullying, both in fiction and in real life to "snap" and retaliate with severely excessive force, typically disproportionate to the actual bullying. All too often they are applauded for their actions because the bullies "[[LaserGuidedKarma had it coming]]", when in any other circumstance [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished it would be condemned.
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* '''Victims of bullying''': Just as the bullies, their victims don't really get any sympathy either; for they are often blamed [[VictimBlaming blamed]] for making themselves easy targets to bullying, either because of things like, say, not choosing to fight back because he/she doesn't like to fight or is nonviolent. Also, bullying victims are seen as big wussies and need stop playing the victim and fight back, even though that if they do so, [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass they'll end up being labeled as the bad guy]] ''especially'' if they were being bullied for falling into some other AcceptableTarget category in the first place.
** Part and parcel of the above is a growing motion that people shouldn't be weak and just stand up for themselves; failing badly to realize why many really can't fight back against their bullies such as physical strength, numbers, even connections at one point. Surprisingly enough, bully retribution ends up being quite harmful to both parties; as the one seeking revenge lands him/herself into hotter trouble by both superiors (children who seek personal revenge are often committing similar violent acts against bullies end up facing consequences), or by the bully him/herself. Sadly AdultsAreUseless are in full effect here, as many in charge of dealing with bullies can't do anything much either usually because of legal stipulation or that they can't administer any stricter punishment than what they are legally allowed to do, which the bully shrugs off and resumes. It sort of becomes a vicious cycle in which the bullying may get worse even if they do choose to fight back, leaving many to realize that there would be no point in fighting back, even when they should. In turn, this causes severe apathy [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter apathy]] and just lets the bullying continue.
** Many schools also take a "zero tolerance" stance to violence in any and all circumstances, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished leading to victims of bullying facing an equal amount of punishment punishment]] [[CrimeOfSelfDefense if they fight back even briefly in self-defense. self-defense.]] While such policies are usually in place because it can be difficult to discern who initiated the violence, they still are acted upon even if the aggressor is obvious. The fact that the bullies tend to get away with their assaults so long as nobody fights back just makes things worse (not to mention more confusing). This also tends to send the message to the victims that "shame on you, your health and life aren't worth enough for you to protect yourself," making them feel even more persecuted and isolated.
23rd Mar '17 6:16:37 AM MitchellProductions
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* '''Interracial couples/those who choose to date outside their race'''. If someone chooses to date outside their race, they're very likely to be labelled as a self-hater, defying evolution, etc. Black/white couples are subject to this a lot, since the black half is accused of "wanting to be white" while the white half is accused of being a "wigger". Non-Asian females who are attracted to Asian males are accused of "liking small guys" due to the stereotype that Asian males are lacking in the, err, size department, as well as accused of being "weeaboos". In certain cultures, children can actually get cut out of the family for dating outside their race.

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* '''Interracial '''[[MalignedMixedMarriage Interracial couples/those who choose to date outside their race'''.race]]'''. If someone chooses to date outside their race, they're very likely to be labelled as a self-hater, defying evolution, etc. Black/white couples are subject to this a lot, since the black half is accused of "wanting to be white" while the white half is accused of being a "wigger". Non-Asian females who are attracted to Asian males are accused of "liking small guys" due to the stereotype that Asian males are lacking in the, err, size department, as well as accused of being "weeaboos". In certain cultures, children can actually get cut out of the family for dating outside their race.
23rd Mar '17 6:01:26 AM MitchellProductions
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* '''Optimistic people'''. While goths and emos are made fun of for their perpetual sadness, people who are continuously in a good mood [[YouCantPleaseEveryone don't always have it easy either]]. In a lot of sitcoms and a few movies, [[ThePollyanna cheerful and optimistic people]] are seen as lower than dirt while [[TheEeyore depressed and depressing cynics]] can get away with murder.

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* '''Optimistic people'''.'''[[WideEyedIdealist Optimistic people]]'''. While goths and emos are made fun of for their perpetual sadness, people who are continuously in a good mood [[YouCantPleaseEveryone don't always have it easy either]]. In a lot of sitcoms and a few movies, [[ThePollyanna cheerful and optimistic people]] are seen as lower than dirt while [[TheEeyore depressed and depressing cynics]] can get away with murder.
23rd Mar '17 5:59:52 AM MitchellProductions
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*** They have been steadily becoming UnacceptableTargets as of late thanks to the ''strong'' association with racist stereotypes (particularly in the last US presidential election), as "welfare queen" is more or less treated as code for "NIGGERS", which goes over about as well as one would expect among most people.

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*** They have been steadily becoming UnacceptableTargets as of late thanks to the ''strong'' association with racist stereotypes (particularly in the last 2012 US presidential election), as "welfare queen" is more or less treated as code for "NIGGERS", which goes over about as well as one would expect among most people.
16th Feb '17 8:22:51 PM Eagal
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* Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out that it ''is'' creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, from telling her to stop whining because [[AppealToWorseProblems Muslim women have been subjected to FGM]] (that one was from Creator/RichardDawkins!) to saying she had called ''all'' men rapists.

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* When Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out claimed that it ''is'' is creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this "coffee", she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, from telling her to stop whining because [[AppealToWorseProblems Muslim was attacked by numerous critics who claimed she hated all men, or invoked AppealToWorseProblems by pointing out that women have been subjected to FGM]] (that one was from Creator/RichardDawkins!) to saying she had called ''all'' men rapists.
elsewhere in the world suffered more significant concerns than creepy guys in elevators.
16th Feb '17 8:18:31 PM Eagal
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M98x-FLp7E This]] Youtube video
7th Feb '17 9:04:25 PM Fireblood
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* Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out that it ''is'' creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, accusing her of everything from denigrating [[AppealToWorseProblems the sufferings of Muslim women under sharia law]] (that one was from Richard Dawkins!) to calling ''all'' men rapists.

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* Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out that it ''is'' creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, accusing her of everything from denigrating telling her to stop whining because [[AppealToWorseProblems the sufferings of Muslim women under sharia law]] have been subjected to FGM]] (that one was from Richard Dawkins!) Creator/RichardDawkins!) to calling saying she had called ''all'' men rapists.
5th Feb '17 8:06:59 AM Sakubara
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* Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out that it ''is'' creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, accusing her of everything from denigrating the sufferings of Muslim women under sharia law (that one was from Richard Dawkins!) to calling ''all'' men rapists.

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* Blogger Rebecca Watson had the temerity to point out that it ''is'' creepy and disturbing for a man to wait until he and a woman are alone in an elevator in a strange city at four o'clock in the morning before he invites her up to his room for "coffee". For this she found herself on the receiving end of a series of incredibly vicious attacks, accusing her of everything from denigrating [[AppealToWorseProblems the sufferings of Muslim women under sharia law law]] (that one was from Richard Dawkins!) to calling ''all'' men rapists.
9th Dec '16 5:05:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''[[CrazyHomelessPeople The Homeless]]'''. When they are not portrayed as thieves, they are shown to be suffering from various mental disorders or having inexplicable, often absurd behavior (like [[TheInbetweeners urinating in their own shoes]] or having [[TheOtherGuys orgies in stolen cars]]). This is especially typical in comedy. While mental illness no doubt is one reason a person can end up homeless, fiction seems to treat it as the ''only'' way one can end up transient, nobody ever is homeless by bad luck and circumstance. Brings the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that there's no point in helping, as a homeless case will just walk back to the gutter where he/she is "naturally happy" with their eccentricities as soon as your back is turned. As homeless people tend not to see much TV, and they have limited opportunity to complain about such stereotypes, they are likely to remain as acceptable targets for a long time.

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* '''[[CrazyHomelessPeople The Homeless]]'''. When they are not portrayed as thieves, they are shown to be suffering from various mental disorders or having inexplicable, often absurd behavior (like [[TheInbetweeners [[Film/TheInbetweeners urinating in their own shoes]] or having [[TheOtherGuys [[Film/TheOtherGuys orgies in stolen cars]]). This is especially typical in comedy. While mental illness no doubt is one reason a person can end up homeless, fiction seems to treat it as the ''only'' way one can end up transient, nobody ever is homeless by bad luck and circumstance. Brings the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that there's no point in helping, as a homeless case will just walk back to the gutter where he/she is "naturally happy" with their eccentricities as soon as your back is turned. As homeless people tend not to see much TV, and they have limited opportunity to complain about such stereotypes, they are likely to remain as acceptable targets for a long time.
13th Nov '16 6:23:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** Ironically in this same list are '''large families'''. ''CheaperByTheDozen'' aside, most media depicts those who have a large number of children as either religiously fanatical, selfishly having kids for the personal attention, poor and doing it to mooch off public benefits, unable to control the instinct to breed, or too stupid to realize that sex is what makes babies. There seems to be a very narrow area of the ideal number of children for a family.

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** Ironically in this same list are '''large families'''. ''CheaperByTheDozen'' ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' aside, most media depicts those who have a large number of children as either religiously fanatical, selfishly having kids for the personal attention, poor and doing it to mooch off public benefits, unable to control the instinct to breed, or too stupid to realize that sex is what makes babies. There seems to be a very narrow area of the ideal number of children for a family.
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