History Main / ButNotTooWhite

17th May '17 1:08:53 PM Smeagol17
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Tanning reached its apex between TheSeventies and TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.

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Tanning reached its apex between TheSeventies UsefulNotes/TheSeventies and TheOughts UsefulNotes/TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.
18th Apr '17 1:21:05 PM thecarolinabull01
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* It's a staple of Pro Wrestling that many wrestlers will have to tan when competing on shows as the lights in the arenas will make them appear more pale than they actually are, as Sheamus demonstrates. This is especially glaring (no pun intended) in larger arenas where high intensity lights are needed and are thus not flattering to those with pale skin. According to Maria Kanellis, the wrestlers in WWE previously just used fake tan but when they switched to HD they had to start tanning naturally. Wrestling/RandyOrton [[InJoke mocked]] Wrestling/{{Christian}} for continuing to use fake tanner in the HD era, as it makes his skin appear yellow.

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* It's a staple of Pro Wrestling that many wrestlers will have to tan when competing on shows as the lights in the arenas will make them appear more pale than they actually are, as Sheamus demonstrates. This is especially glaring (no pun intended) in larger arenas where high intensity lights are needed and are thus not flattering to those with pale skin. According to Maria Kanellis, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, the wrestlers in WWE previously just used fake tan but when they switched to HD they had to start tanning naturally. Wrestling/RandyOrton [[InJoke mocked]] Wrestling/{{Christian}} for continuing to use fake tanner in the HD era, as it makes his skin appear yellow.
26th Mar '17 8:36:41 PM ZootyCutie94
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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich people have fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.

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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich "rich people have love their fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.
4th Mar '17 9:48:08 PM ZootyCutie94
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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich people have fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.
6th Aug '16 10:43:57 PM DeepRed
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* In ''Film/FinalDestination3'', two of the would-be roller coaster victims are a couple of shallow blondes who decide that the best way to prepare for their graduation is to go to the tanning salon, just like when they tanned to get ready for the funeral of their classmates who died in the coaster crash. This being a ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie, this ends really badly for both of them.

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* In ''Film/FinalDestination3'', two of the would-be roller coaster victims are a couple of [[DumbBlonde shallow blondes blondes]] who decide that the best way to prepare for their graduation is to go to the tanning salon, just like when they tanned to get ready for the funeral of their classmates who died in the coaster crash. This being a ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie, this ends really badly for both of them.
6th Aug '16 5:10:39 PM DeepRed
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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], [[{{Hikikomori}} shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.

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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], [[{{Hikikomori}} [[LonersAreFreaks shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.
6th Aug '16 5:10:03 PM DeepRed
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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], [[Hikikomori shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.

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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], [[Hikikomori [[{{Hikikomori}} shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.
6th Aug '16 5:09:50 PM DeepRed
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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], shut-in, or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.

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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], shut-in, [[Hikikomori shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.
28th Jul '16 10:56:55 PM MegaJ
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* In ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}'', the black nationalist group Shadow of the Crescent dislike seeing Elizabeth when she comes with Kurdy to forge links with them for Thunder Mountain, because she's light-skinned, of mixed race and has a "white" name. Kurdy calls them out on this soundly, noting how many leaders in black empowerment (including the nationalists like Malcolm X) were themselves of mixed race descent, and certainly didn't reject those who were.



* Jazz singer Renee Geyer was advised to release an album without a photograph of her on the cover, since she was very white and the music genre she was singing for was black dominated. She refused to listen to the advice and the album tanked.
* Music/BobbyCaldwell was advised not to release his portrait with his music to hide his skin color. Many of his new fans were not aware of his ethnicity until they saw his music videos or live shows.
* Even Music/{{Madonna}} fell victim to this trope early in her career. Her debut single, "Everybody," had an "urban" sound, and her producers thought listeners would be put off if they knew she was white, so the single's cover art was just a collage of a city street and didn't show her face. She had to fight to be featured in the music video. But obviously, Madonna has since fared better than Ms. Geyer mentioned above.



* This appears to be the case in ''Victoria's Secret'' campaigning and marketing where usually black, Latina, or mixed-race models like Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Izabel Goulart, and Isabeli Fontana received more attention and publicity than their more "conventional" Northern European counterparts. And on annual fashion shows they wore the most posh costumes, always had maximum walks and usually walked either in the beginning or in the end of they show. This practice seemed to finally cease when Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Erin Heatherton and Lily Aldridge joined in 2009-2010 (although they still had to wait years to become Angels, while Black/Korean Chanel Iman became one immediately as soon as she got signed). But than again guess who stole the show in 2010? Ale & Lima, who else?
* Light skinned Indigenous Australians have been discriminated against by anti-discrimination hiring policies, such as those for an Indigenous liaison officer. One woman was turned down for the job because she was too light skinned, and the (white) employer thought a darker skinned Aboriginal would be better, despite the fact that Indigenous people identify each other as Indigenous through their connection to their people and their ancestral lands, rather than the pantone shade of their skin. [[http://zeroatthebone.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/racial-identity-cannot-be-determined-by-casual-bystanders/ See here.]]
28th Jul '16 6:15:01 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} plays up his Irish heritage with his pale skin. This makes him stand out amongst almost every other Caucasian Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler, most of whom have tanned skin. Of course, Sheamus's skin is often poked fun at on wrestling online forums. Sheamus has said in interviews that he actually ''tried'' to get a tan early in his pre-WWE career, but would just turn red then back to white. Realizing that his pale skin and red hair gave him a unique look, however, he decided to just go with that. On an episode of ''Raw'', Wrestling/JohnCena referred to him as a big tub of mayonnaise. Also mentioned in NXT. Wrestling/{{Edge}} has also gotten a chance to poke fun at Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}'s paleness, remarking that ''Raw'' had apparently "been taken over by an evil Ronald [=McDonald=]!" As has Wrestling/SantinoMarella in a few hilarious segments, joking about Sheamus's "lack of skin pigmentation.* He's nicknamed "The Great White". Not the great white anything, just the Great White. Although a fan once held up a poster with Sheamus' name and a drawing of a shark fin.

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* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} plays up his Irish heritage with his pale skin. This makes him stand out amongst almost every other Caucasian Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler, most of whom have tanned skin. Of course, Sheamus's skin is often poked fun at on wrestling online forums. Sheamus has said in interviews that he actually ''tried'' to get a tan early in his pre-WWE career, but would just turn red then back to white. Realizing that his pale skin and red hair gave him a unique look, however, he decided to just go with that. On an episode of ''Raw'', Wrestling/JohnCena referred to him as a big tub of mayonnaise. Also mentioned in NXT. Wrestling/{{Edge}} has also gotten a chance to poke fun at Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}'s paleness, remarking that ''Raw'' had apparently "been taken over by an evil Ronald [=McDonald=]!" As has Wrestling/SantinoMarella in a few hilarious segments, joking about Sheamus's "lack of skin pigmentation.* pigmentation.
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He's nicknamed "The Great White". Not the great white anything, just the Great White. Although a fan once held up a poster with Sheamus' name and a drawing of a shark fin.
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