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11th Oct '17 9:59:43 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** Let's not forget the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJb2iLvOKE pelvic-thrusting celebration fouler]] that is Hingle [=McCringleberry=] out of Penn State!
8th Oct '17 11:21:36 AM TheCuza
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* In ''WebVideo/TheTourettesGuy'', Danny demonstrates his ignorance of technology when he is told that his birthday presents were bought on Amazon, assuming it to be the name of the black woman from his son's job. Even after he is told "Amazon ''dot com''", he just thinks they're talking about a ''different'' black woman.
14th Sep '17 10:57:35 PM TheCuza
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** Inverted in the duo's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw Substitute Teacher]]" sketch where the title character, a SternTeacher[[note]]a trope the sketch manages to subvert at the same time[[/note]] straight from 20 years at inner-city schools is so used to this trope that, with a classroom full of bored suburban white kids, he pronounces names like "Jacqueline" and "Blake"([[spoiler:with ''three'' syllables]]) as if they were examples of it, then gets confrontational with the kids when they gently correct him.

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** Inverted In "Substitute Teacher Mr. Garvy", the titular teacher has spent his entire career teaching in the duo's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw Substitute Teacher]]" sketch where the title character, a SternTeacher[[note]]a trope the sketch manages to subvert at the same time[[/note]] straight from 20 years at inner-city schools inner city, so he assumes ''every'' name is so used to this trope that, with a classroom full like this, confusing his new class of bored suburban white kids, kids when he pronounces calls out names like "Jacqueline" "J-Kewllen" (Jacqueline) and "Blake"([[spoiler:with ''three'' syllables]]) as if they were examples of it, then gets confrontational with "Balakay" (Blake). When the kids when they gently correct him.his pronunciation, he assumes they're trying to play a joke on him because [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo nobody could ever have such silly-sounding names]]. With each correction, he becomes increasingly enraged and hostile, demanding that the kids stop screwing around and say their names "correctly", and culminating in him sending a kid to the principal's office. Finally, he calls out one last ghetto-fied name... and the only black kid in class responds immediately, because it actually ''is'' his name.
--->'''Mr. Garvy:''' A-A-Ron! Where are you? Where is A-A-Ron right now? No A-A-Ron, huh? Well, you better be sick, dead, or mute, A-A-Ron!\\
'''Student:''' Here!\\
'''Mr. Garvy:''' Why didn't you answer me the first time I said it, huh? I'm just-- y'know, I'm just askin', y'know. I said it, like, four times, so why didn't you say it the first time I said "A-A-Ron"?\\
'''Student:''' ...Because it's pronounced "''Aaron''"?\\
'''Mr. Garvy:''' '''''SON OF A BALD BITCH!''''' ''[pushes everything off his desk onto the floor in anger]'' YA DONE MESSED UP, A-A-RON! NOW TAKE YO' ASS ON DOWN TO O-SHAG-HENNESEY'S OFFICE RIGHT NOW, AND TELL HIM ''EXACTLY'' WHAT YOU DID!\\
'''Aaron:''' ...Who?\\
'''Mr. Garvy:''' O-SHAG-HENNESEY!\\
'''Aaron:''' ...Principal O'Shaughnessy?\\
'''Mr. Garvy:''' '''''GET OUTTA MY GOTDAMN CLASSROOM BEFORE I BREAK MY FOOT OFF IN YA ASS!'''''
1st Sep '17 6:45:50 AM wuggles
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Over the last 30 years of the USA's history, a trend has cropped up among the country's poor many of whom are ethnically (west-)African. Many of the USA's poor now have weird and wonderful names. Many of said names are oddly and [[MyNaymeIs perhaps intentionally misspelled]], not to mention [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY unusually pronounced]], and [[OverlyLongName grandiose.]] The media finds this endlessly amusing, and names like this are now firmly tied to the USA's stereotypes about its poor.

The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of white and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's white poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].

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Over the last 30 years of the USA's history, a trend has cropped up among the country's poor many of whom are ethnically (west-)African.descended from Africa. Many of the USA's poor now have weird and wonderful names. Many of said names are oddly and [[MyNaymeIs perhaps intentionally misspelled]], not to mention [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY unusually pronounced]], and [[OverlyLongName grandiose.]] The media finds this endlessly amusing, and names like this are now firmly tied to the USA's stereotypes about its poor.

The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' racial distinctions so expect poor people of white and generically-African African-American descent to have rather different names (the USA's white poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].
26th Aug '17 11:08:57 AM somerandomdude
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->''"If you watch enough Maury Povich, you're going to run across an episode in which a guest comes on stage whose name is Shaneequa. Or Jamarcus. Or Trevian. I'm not even going to ask you what race you think these three people are, because we all know what everyone else is thinking, and right here is where some people start feeling uncomfortable."''
--> -- Website/{{Cracked}}, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-situations-that-make-white-people-feel-racist/ 4 Situations That Make White People Feel Racist]]
13th Aug '17 4:43:02 PM plcthecd
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* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.

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* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] bit about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.
16th Jul '17 12:57:33 PM wuggles
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* On ''Series/DearWhitePeople'', Coco's real name is revealed to be Colandrea.
14th May '17 1:10:28 PM wuggles
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The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of pan-European and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's pan-Euro poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].

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The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of pan-European white and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's pan-Euro white poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].



For the USA's darker-skinned citizens, this trend has its origins in the civil rights movement of the '60s, which saw an attempt by some of the country's blacks to 'reclaim' their African names and reject 'white' (European) names and surnames given to and adopted by their ancestors. It must be understood that virtually all of these names were from the (pre-civil rights) days when black citizens were second-class citizens compared to Anglo-Germanic and even Mediterranean-Slavic Europeans. Furthermore, many of their surnames came from [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar an earlier time, when the vast majority of the country's ethnic-African people were legally-sanctioned slaves]]. Though the result of many African-Americans consciously choosing non-European given names for their children is clear to see (as per this trope), the incidence of 'name reclamation' is harder to judge. It's worth noting that most of the USA's ethnic-Africans did not assume new family names - the admixture of the country's African, as with its European and Latin-American, people means that very few of the country's (African) folk can be said to come from any one place or be of any one people other than that of the USA.

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For the USA's darker-skinned citizens, this trend has its origins in the civil rights movement of the '60s, which saw an attempt by some of the country's blacks to 'reclaim' their African names and reject 'white' (European) names and surnames given to and adopted by their ancestors. It must be understood that virtually all of these names were from the (pre-civil rights) days when black citizens were second-class citizens compared to Anglo-Germanic and even Mediterranean-Slavic Europeans. Furthermore, many of their surnames came from [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar an earlier time, when the vast majority of the country's ethnic-African people were legally-sanctioned slaves]]. Though the result of many African-Americans consciously choosing non-European given names for their children is clear to see (as per this trope), the incidence of 'name reclamation' is harder to judge. It's worth noting that most of the USA's ethnic-Africans African-Americans did not assume new family names - the admixture of the country's African, as with its European and Latin-American, people means that very few of the country's (African) (African-American) folk can be said to come from any one place or be of any one people other than that of the USA.
3rd Jan '17 11:26:38 AM Pichu-kun
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* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].

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* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].
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* Rare male examples: main characters Durell (pronounced Darrel) and [=LeeJohn=] in ''First Sunday''. The latter was named because his mother was seeing two men, Lee and John, and since she didn't know who the biological father was, called him [[{{Portmanteau}} LeeJohn]].
* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. The two D's in "Upgrayedd" are for a "double dose of pimpin'".
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He doesn't get far before Ted tells him it's "Tammi-Lynn".
* ''Film/BringItOn'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and [=LaFred=] from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.



[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].
* Rare male examples: main characters Durell (pronounced Darrel) and [=LeeJohn=] in ''First Sunday''. The latter was named because his mother was seeing two men, Lee and John, and since she didn't know who the biological father was, called him [[{{Portmanteau}} LeeJohn]].
* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. The two D's in "Upgrayedd" are for a "double dose of pimpin'".
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He doesn't get far before Ted tells him it's "Tammi-Lynn".
* ''Film/BringItOn'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and [=LaFred=] from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.
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* ''Series/MadTV'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M Bon Qui Qui skits]].

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* ''Series/MadTV'''s ''Series/MadTV''':
** Used in the
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M Bon Qui Qui skits]].



* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' in the episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", Angie has a GayBestFriend named D'Fwan. This proves that the ''30 Rock'' writers are geniuses, because this name manages to sound both ghetto and incredibly {{Camp}} (which [[CampGay D'Fwan]] is).
** This is used for puns when he makes his own wine, D'Fwine that you should d'fwink responsibly.

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* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' in the episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", Angie has a GayBestFriend named D'Fwan. This proves that the ''30 Rock'' writers are geniuses, because this name manages to sound both ghetto and incredibly {{Camp}} (which [[CampGay D'Fwan]] is).
**
is). This is used for puns when he makes his own wine, D'Fwine that you should d'fwink responsibly.



* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its]] [[https://youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8 sequels]]. The names start out as the normal version of this trope, becoming more and more exaggerated as they go on until they're the most ridiculous names imaginable. Also note D'Jasper Probincrux III, who manages to blend this with PreppyName.

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* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s ''Series/KeyAndPeele'':
** The
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its]] [[https://youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8 sequels]]. The names start out as the normal version of this trope, becoming more and more exaggerated as they go on until they're the most ridiculous names imaginable. Also note D'Jasper Probincrux III, who manages to blend this with PreppyName.



* Skee-Lo's "I Wish" I would name my kids Ghetto Names Little Mookie, Big Al, Lorraine

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* Skee-Lo's "I Wish" I contains the line "I would name my kids Ghetto Names Little Mookie, Big Al, LorraineLorraine".



** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[UnexplainedAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]].

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** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[UnexplainedAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]]. In the original pilot her name was "Delinquinetta", fitting her mischievous nature.
15th Dec '16 2:29:57 PM GranChi
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