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15th Feb '18 1:10:50 PM TheSaddleman
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* '''Conservatives''': Often portrayed as a bunch of middle-aged, gun-loving, white Christian southerners who watch Fox News all day to support their own beliefs and think that the country has strayed too far from the path of God and that [[MoralGuardians TV and video games are corrupting the nation's youth.]] Despite being keen on Jesus, they spit on the poor and sickly. They are also seen as pro-big business global-warming deniers with anti-feminist beliefs, deriding the latter for relying on taxpayer money while pardoning the former for getting tax cuts. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they vote Republican.]]
* '''Liberals''': Seen by many as a bunch of whiny, lazy, obese, hypocritical, overly-PC, hipster free-loaders who, as opposed to actually going out and fighting for their beliefs, instead spend more time on Tumblr ranting about how "white cis-men" are oppressing minorities and holding back society. They're also depicted as selling out Western civilisation to Communists, Muslims or whatever group currently scares Nationalists. In addition, they are considered delusional social rejects who hide in their safe spaces and claim to have PTSD to justify lashing out at people who disagree with them.

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* '''Conservatives''': Often portrayed as a bunch of middle-aged, gun-loving, pro-war, white Christian southerners who watch Fox News all day to support their own beliefs and think that the country has strayed too far from the path of God and that [[MoralGuardians TV and video games are corrupting the nation's youth.]] Despite being keen on Jesus, they spit on the poor and sickly. They are also seen as pro-big business global-warming deniers with anti-feminist beliefs, deriding the latter for relying on taxpayer money while pardoning the former for getting tax cuts. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they vote Republican.]]
* '''Liberals''': Seen by many as a bunch of whiny, lazy, obese, hypocritical, overly-PC, anti-war, hipster free-loaders who, as opposed to actually going out and fighting for their beliefs, instead spend more time on Tumblr ranting about how "white cis-men" are oppressing minorities and holding back society. They're also depicted as selling out Western civilisation to Communists, Muslims or whatever group currently scares Nationalists. In addition, they are considered delusional social rejects who hide in their safe spaces and claim to have PTSD to justify lashing out at people who disagree with them.
15th Feb '18 1:08:31 PM TheSaddleman
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** That said, there is enough objective evidence to show that drug users do tend to be on the lower scale of employment, income, etc. However they are more often to be depicted sympathetically as someone who either has an addiction or has an underlying issue that requires self-medication.



* '''Virgins''' In the Western world at least, a person who can't/won't have sexual relations as soon as the opportunity arises is nothing short of pathetic. Especially true for [[VirginShaming men]] although it's applied to women as well, with the DoubleStandard that having ''too much'' sex makes her a morally bankrupt slut. And that's just for the folks who are virgins only because they can't get a [[HollywoodDateless date]]. Those who have no immediate cultural or religious reason to not have sex but ''choose'' to remain a virgin can get it even worse. The SexIsCool trope is often taken WAY too seriously, used to suggest if not outright state that people who don't have a very active sex life, [[{{Asexuality}} even if they don't want one]], have some kind of mental or emotional problem and will never enjoy "normal" life. Also, since there's [[AllMenArePerverts never any good reason to turn down sex]], the suggestion that society and the world in general would fall apart if people starting putting other things in life first is frequently and somewhat insultingly PlayedForLaughs.

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* '''Virgins''' In the Western world at least, a person who can't/won't have sexual relations as soon as the opportunity arises is nothing short of pathetic. Especially true for [[VirginShaming men]] men]], although it's applied to women as well, with the DoubleStandard that having ''too much'' sex makes her a morally bankrupt slut. And that's just for the folks who are virgins only because they can't get a [[HollywoodDateless date]]. Those who have no immediate cultural or religious reason to not have sex but ''choose'' to remain a virgin can get it even worse. The SexIsCool trope is often taken WAY too seriously, used to suggest if not outright state that people who don't have a very active sex life, [[{{Asexuality}} even if they don't want one]], have some kind of mental or emotional problem and will never enjoy "normal" life.life[[note]]This is not an exaggeration; there have been cases where advice columnists, upon learning that a correspondent is 30 years old and still a virgin, have said that person needs to seek professional help because there is something wrong with them[[/note]]. Also, since there's [[AllMenArePerverts never any good reason to turn down sex]], the suggestion that society and the world in general would fall apart if people starting putting other things in life first is frequently and somewhat insultingly PlayedForLaughs. So-called "late bloomers" who, for whatever reason, do not have sex until late in life are also often the subject of ridicule (see, for example, the film ''Film/The40YearOldVirgin'').


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** Aside from the above, there's also the situation where introverts may not want to stay at home and not socialize, but in part because of the cultural reinforcement, are never given any opportunity to do so (i.e. an overweight, balding male in his 40s who does not socialize because no one will ask him out on a date and he's either too shy or paranoid about his intentions being misunderstood to ask someone himself).
10th Jan '18 4:43:42 AM TroperNo9001
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** And God help you if you happen to have no long-term romantic partner and/or children, because everyone will assume that your pets are ReplacementGoldfish for the human relations you don't have. Double this if you give your pets human names, quadruple if you anthopomorhize them public (insist on using gendered pronouns, talk about their personality traits :he doesn't like the color blue, she is always grumpy in the morning, etc.) and octuple it if you dress them up, create profiles for them on social media and throw parties for them.

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** And God help you if you happen to have no long-term romantic partner and/or children, because everyone will assume that your pets are ReplacementGoldfish for the human relations you don't have. Double this if you give your pets human names, quadruple if you anthopomorhize anthopomorphize them public (insist on using gendered pronouns, talk about their personality traits :he traits: he doesn't like the color blue, she is always grumpy in the morning, etc.) and octuple it if you dress them up, create profiles for them on social media and throw parties for them.



** This licence to lecture smokers can [[HypocriticalHumour particularly amusing when a twenty-five stone hambeast starts whining at a smoker about the damage they're doing to their heart, arteries, etc]].

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** This licence to lecture smokers can be [[HypocriticalHumour particularly amusing when a twenty-five stone hambeast starts whining at a smoker about the damage they're doing to their heart, arteries, etc]].
28th Dec '17 11:39:39 AM thecarolinabull01
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** Men over 35 (and especially 40) who are single and childless are looked at with varying degrees of suspicion. The term "confirmed bachelor" was actually once used as a euphemism for "gay man" even if the man's gayness was not confirmed. Today, many older bachelors are suspected of being pervert, deviants, or at its worst, sexual predators (especially towards children). And this is despite the fact that real life American statistics demonstrate that the majority of sexual predators are actually family men.

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** Men over 35 (and especially 40) who are single and childless are looked at with varying degrees of suspicion. The term "confirmed bachelor" was actually once used as a euphemism for "gay man" even if the man's gayness was not confirmed. Today, many older bachelors are suspected of being pervert, perverts, deviants, or at its worst, sexual predators (especially towards children). And this is despite the fact that real life American statistics demonstrate that the majority of sexual predators are actually family men.
26th Dec '17 5:05:15 PM YMYBIUDYDYATH
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* '''[[ShrinkingViolet Timid guys]]'''. Female timidity is acceptable and even [[{{Moe}} enticing]], but for the media, male shyness is [[ButtMonkey ridiculous]] and inappropriate. In short, it's a DoubleStandard. Shy guys are usually the targets of the worst abuse in HighSchool (a little bit like the NiceGuy), with said abuse intensifying as they grow older if they haven't gotten over their shyness. This is because, for many people in RealLife, shyness for a man means he's either a coward, a {{loner|sAreFreaks}}, or [[MommasBoy an immature man-child who never grew up]]. There's also a tendency in some [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek female-aimed media]] to depict any man acting withdrawn around women as [[BewareTheNiceOnes suffering deep psychological issues]] that will turn him into a [[StalkerWithACrush delusional stalker]], [[AllMenArePerverts creepy sexual deviant]], or [[AxCrazy a violent psychopath]] the first time he actually gets close to one.

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* '''[[ShrinkingViolet Timid guys]]'''. Female timidity is acceptable and even [[{{Moe}} enticing]], but for the media, male shyness is [[ButtMonkey ridiculous]] and inappropriate. In short, it's a DoubleStandard. Shy guys are usually the targets of the worst abuse in HighSchool (a little bit like the NiceGuy), with said abuse intensifying as they grow older if they haven't gotten over their shyness. This is because, for many people in RealLife, shyness for a man means he's either a coward, [[{{DirtyCoward}} coward]], a {{loner|sAreFreaks}}, or [[MommasBoy an immature man-child who never grew up]]. There's also a tendency in some [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek female-aimed media]] to depict any man acting withdrawn around women as [[BewareTheNiceOnes suffering deep psychological issues]] that will turn him into a [[StalkerWithACrush delusional stalker]], [[AllMenArePerverts creepy sexual deviant]], or [[AxCrazy a violent psychopath]] the first time he actually gets close to one.
6th Dec '17 3:52:03 AM tsstevens
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* '''Rednecks''': "Well lookie here at the fruity looking people, saying words I don't like. Words I don't know, but I know I don't like them. We don't take kindly to you people around here." Even the mere fact they are a farmer or labouror will get them mocked because they work for a living, looked down on and talked down to for doing unskilled jobs. They'll be targeted for destroying the environment for the sheer thrill of hurting mother nature, whether or not it's true. Their portrayal in media commonly makes them uneducated, simple, ignorant, backwards thinking, hillbillies. Typically they will be far right wing Christian gun nuts, DeepSouth, hate the government, and hate that black slaves were taken from them.

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* '''Rednecks''': "Well lookie look here at the fruity looking people, saying words I don't like. Words I don't do not know, but I know I don't do not like them. We don't take kindly to you people around here." Even the mere fact they are a farmer or labouror laborer will get them mocked because they work for a living, looked down on and talked down to for doing unskilled jobs. They'll They would be targeted a target for destroying the environment for the sheer thrill of hurting mother nature, Mother Nature, whether or not it's it is true. Their portrayal in media commonly makes them uneducated, simple, ignorant, backwards thinking, hillbillies. Typically Typically, they will be far right wing Christian gun nuts, DeepSouth, hate the government, and hate that black slaves were taken from them.the outlawing of slavery.
5th Dec '17 10:35:19 AM LB7979
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** There's also the anti politically correct or UnPC Crusader. They research something like a game, see that it allows women, and say how much they ruin games. Or say that a character is not white enough, you can't make them a blonde Nazi killing niggers and threatening to rape women because the retards who want everything to be all politically correct are faggets...needless to say this character whether played for laughs or drama is treated very much as a loser.
1st Dec '17 6:10:04 PM tsstevens
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** There's also the anti politically correct or UnPC Crusader. They research something like a game, see that it allows women, and say how much they ruin games. Or say that a character is not white enough, you can't make them a blonde Nazi killing niggers and threatening to rape women because the retards who want everything to be all politically correct are faggets...needless to say this character whether played for laughs or drama is treated very much as a loser.


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* '''Rednecks''': "Well lookie here at the fruity looking people, saying words I don't like. Words I don't know, but I know I don't like them. We don't take kindly to you people around here." Even the mere fact they are a farmer or labouror will get them mocked because they work for a living, looked down on and talked down to for doing unskilled jobs. They'll be targeted for destroying the environment for the sheer thrill of hurting mother nature, whether or not it's true. Their portrayal in media commonly makes them uneducated, simple, ignorant, backwards thinking, hillbillies. Typically they will be far right wing Christian gun nuts, DeepSouth, hate the government, and hate that black slaves were taken from them.
27th Nov '17 6:59:34 AM muninwing
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* '''Alcoholics'''. As Creator/MitchHedberg put it: "Alcoholism is the only disease you can get yelled at for having." Alcohol is more or less a part of almost every culture... both the love for it and the hatred and constant jokes about it. People who choose to regularly drink themselves silly or pay money for alcohol are constantly being made fun of. There's one in almost '''every''' family, the one person who's drunk off their ass almost 24/7. And they're always either homeless, extremely poor, childless, abusive (if they do have children or relationships), single, and are only happy when they're drunk -- despite current research into many countries showing just how mainstream drinking is (despite how destructive this trope would be if it were true at real-life levels, the top 10%, 24 million Americans, drink an average of ten drinks per day... and the bottom 30% have less than one per week). College students are also on the receiving end of a lot of alcohol jokes, either because they're irresponsible drinkers and binge drink the day they turn 18-21, or because they are frat boys/greeks and are encouraged to drink by their Fraternity/Sorority to do so. This is almost always flipped as soon as the person admits they have a problem, and it becomes a sympathetic VerySpecialEpisode.

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* '''Alcoholics'''. As Creator/MitchHedberg put it: "Alcoholism is the only disease you can get yelled at for having." Alcohol is more or less a part of almost every culture... both the love for it and the hatred and constant jokes about it. People who choose to regularly drink themselves silly or pay money for alcohol are constantly being made fun of. There's one in almost '''every''' family, the one person who's drunk off their ass almost 24/7. And they're always either homeless, extremely poor, childless, abusive (if they do have children or relationships), single, and are only happy when they're drunk -- despite current research into many countries showing just how mainstream drinking is (despite how destructive this trope would be if it were true at real-life levels, the top 10%, 24 million Americans, drink an average of ten drinks per day... and the bottom 30% 60% have less than one per week). College students are also on the receiving end of a lot of alcohol jokes, either because they're irresponsible drinkers and binge drink the day they turn 18-21, or because they are frat boys/greeks and are encouraged to drink by their Fraternity/Sorority to do so. This is almost always flipped as soon as the person admits they have a problem, and it becomes a sympathetic VerySpecialEpisode.
27th Nov '17 6:16:26 AM muninwing
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* '''Alcoholics'''. As Creator/MitchHedberg put it: "Alcoholism is the only disease you can get yelled at for having." Alcohol is more or less a part of almost every culture... both the love for it and the hatred and constant jokes about it. People who choose to regularly drink themselves silly or pay money for alcohol are constantly being made fun of. There's one in almost '''every''' family, the one person who's drunk off their ass almost 24/7. And they're always either homeless, extremely poor, childless, single, and are only happy when they're drunk. College students are also on the receiving end of a lot of alcohol jokes, either because they're irresponsible drinkers and binge drink the day they turn 18-21, or because they are frat boys/greeks and are encouraged to drink by their Fraternity/Sorority to do so. This is almost always flipped as soon as the person admits they have a problem, and it becomes a sympathetic VerySpecialEpisode.

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* '''Alcoholics'''. As Creator/MitchHedberg put it: "Alcoholism is the only disease you can get yelled at for having." Alcohol is more or less a part of almost every culture... both the love for it and the hatred and constant jokes about it. People who choose to regularly drink themselves silly or pay money for alcohol are constantly being made fun of. There's one in almost '''every''' family, the one person who's drunk off their ass almost 24/7. And they're always either homeless, extremely poor, childless, abusive (if they do have children or relationships), single, and are only happy when they're drunk.drunk -- despite current research into many countries showing just how mainstream drinking is (despite how destructive this trope would be if it were true at real-life levels, the top 10%, 24 million Americans, drink an average of ten drinks per day... and the bottom 30% have less than one per week). College students are also on the receiving end of a lot of alcohol jokes, either because they're irresponsible drinkers and binge drink the day they turn 18-21, or because they are frat boys/greeks and are encouraged to drink by their Fraternity/Sorority to do so. This is almost always flipped as soon as the person admits they have a problem, and it becomes a sympathetic VerySpecialEpisode.
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