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14th May '16 10:48:37 PM nombretomado
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* Pete Campbell more or less rapes his neighbor's German au pair in Season 4 of ''MadMen''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Sontaran Strategem'' the Sontarans disguise their army of human clones as Polish migrant workers who can't speak English very well so that nobody will notice [[CloneDegeneration they're not capable of speaking any language very well]].

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* Pete Campbell more or less rapes his neighbor's German au pair in Season 4 of ''MadMen''.
''Series/MadMen''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The "The Sontaran Strategem'' Strategem" the Sontarans disguise their army of human clones as Polish migrant workers who can't speak English very well so that nobody will notice [[CloneDegeneration they're not capable of speaking any language very well]].
17th Jan '16 10:45:52 AM AHI-3000
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* In TheBoondocks episode "The Itis," all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncsler Sr. fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.

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* In TheBoondocks ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Itis," Itis", all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncsler Sr. Wuncler I fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.
12th Oct '15 7:07:05 AM Sharlee
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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.

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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and fellow West African co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.
12th Oct '15 7:06:01 AM Sharlee
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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.
26th Sep '15 7:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Clare's childhood maid in ''TheTimeTravelersWife''.
* Sam and Dinah Johnson, the resident handyman and cook of ''TheBobbseyTwins'' respectively.
* The whole point of ''TheHelp'' by Kathryn Stockett, and its 2011 film adaptation.
* Dilsey and her extended family serve the Compson family in Faulkner's ''TheSoundAndTheFury''. Like the above examples, she is a fully realized character, and offers one of the only morally and mentally sound perspectives in the whole book.

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* Clare's childhood maid in ''TheTimeTravelersWife''.
''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife''.
* Sam and Dinah Johnson, the resident handyman and cook of ''TheBobbseyTwins'' ''Literature/TheBobbseyTwins'' respectively.
* The whole point of ''TheHelp'' ''Literature/TheHelp'' by Kathryn Stockett, and its 2011 film adaptation.
* Dilsey and her extended family serve the Compson family in Faulkner's ''TheSoundAndTheFury''.''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury''. Like the above examples, she is a fully realized character, and offers one of the only morally and mentally sound perspectives in the whole book.
17th Aug '15 6:18:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hattie [=McDaniel=] played [[TypeCasting the role of many a Black maid]], including Scarlett O'Hara's mammy in ''GoneWithTheWind''. She reputedly said that she'd rather play a maid [[MoneyDearBoy for a weekly wage of $700]] than ''be'' a maid for a weekly wage of $7.

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* Hattie [=McDaniel=] played [[TypeCasting the role of many a Black maid]], including Scarlett O'Hara's mammy in ''GoneWithTheWind''.''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. She reputedly said that she'd rather play a maid [[MoneyDearBoy for a weekly wage of $700]] than ''be'' a maid for a weekly wage of $7.



* ''MiracleOn34thStreet'' features a housekeeper named Cleo early in the film whose entire purpose is to tell Dorothy Walker where her daughter is and then never be seen again. She's later referenced by Mr. Gailey when he takes Susan up to the store, but that's the last reference to her. She was played by an uncredited Theresa Harris, who had a long acting career of mostly bit parts, a great deal of which were maids.
* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''HorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''MST3K'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to display any sort of common sense about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.

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* ''MiracleOn34thStreet'' ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' features a housekeeper named Cleo early in the film whose entire purpose is to tell Dorothy Walker where her daughter is and then never be seen again. She's later referenced by Mr. Gailey when he takes Susan up to the store, but that's the last reference to her. She was played by an uncredited Theresa Harris, who had a long acting career of mostly bit parts, a great deal of which were maids.
* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''HorrorOfPartyBeach'', ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''MST3K'' ''[=MST3K=]'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to display any sort of common sense about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.
30th Jul '15 4:23:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ModernWarfare 2'', [[MemeticBadass RAMIREZ]] being made to [[HypercompetentSidekick DO EVERYTHING]] has led to this going down as a meme. As one comment on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuLj5uCgSk this video]] says, "ive (sic) heard of cheap mexican labor, but this is ridiculous".

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* In ''ModernWarfare 2'', ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[MemeticBadass RAMIREZ]] being made to [[HypercompetentSidekick DO EVERYTHING]] has led to this going down as a meme. As one comment on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuLj5uCgSk this video]] says, "ive (sic) heard of cheap mexican labor, but this is ridiculous".
10th Jun '15 2:15:37 PM Chabal2
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* ''WebComic/{{Countryball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.

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* ''WebComic/{{Countryball}}'' ''WebComic/{{Polandball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.
10th Jun '15 2:15:03 PM Chabal2
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* ''WebComic/{{Countryball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.
27th May '15 7:03:21 AM Elkhound
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Irish immigrants to the United States were often considered "backwards" and only fit for menial labor. This led to many of them having no choice but to accept such jobs. Female immigrants often worked as washerwomen or maids; the term "bridie" or "bridget" meaning "maid" stems from their prevalence in that field. Males worked on farms, on the railroads, and at similar, back-breaking tasks. They continued this role far into the next period, working alongside the Black slave and later Black Laborer. (In the ante-bellum DeepSouth, they were hired slave overseers.)

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Irish immigrants to the United States were often considered "backwards" and only fit for menial labor. This led to many of them having no choice but to accept such jobs. Female immigrants often worked as washerwomen or maids; the term "bridie" or "bridget" meaning "maid" stems from their prevalence in that field. Males worked on farms, on the railroads, and at similar, back-breaking tasks. They continued this role far into the next period, working alongside the Black slave and later Black Laborer. (In the ante-bellum DeepSouth, they were hired slave overseers.)
) They often did jobs considered too dangerous for slaves--after all, once the slave trade was abolished and the only way to get more was to breed them, a slave became a valuable investment, while Irishmen were dime-a-dozen, and more were coming over all the time.
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