History Main / MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome

22nd Jul '16 7:55:29 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', one of the ''Literature/AlexCross'' series of detective novels, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy SerialKiller is estimated to have possibly killed more than 100 people throughout Washington, D.C. A big part of his winning strategy was to only kill women who were black, poor, prostitutes, or otherwise people the media and police wouldn't care about.

to:

* In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', one of the ''Literature/AlexCross'' series of detective novels, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy cunning SerialKiller is estimated to have possibly killed more than 100 people throughout Washington, D.C. A big part of his winning strategy was to only kill women who were black, poor, prostitutes, or otherwise people the media and police wouldn't care about.
19th Jul '16 6:26:35 PM BoHoTroper
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* It's really easy to miss, but it gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/MeganIsMissing''. The movie features a fake news coverage of Megan's disappearance that dedicates several minutes to tell the audience how popular and beautiful Megan is while showing pictures of her. At the end of the segment, the reporter quickly mentions another missing child named ''Turcell Jackson'', and goes to commercials.

to:

* It's really easy to miss, but it gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/MeganIsMissing''. The movie features a fake news coverage of Megan's disappearance that dedicates several minutes to tell the audience how popular and beautiful Megan is while showing pictures of her. At the end of the segment, the reporter quickly mentions another missing child named ''Turcell Jackson'', and goes to commercials.
5th Jul '16 8:11:58 AM DesertDragon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the white knighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.

to:

The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the white knighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.
5th Jul '16 8:10:40 AM DesertDragon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty and young--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, or disabled missing persons. If the missing white female is also from a good middle or upper-middle class family, this is somehow seen as more newsworthy: those from lower class or "underclass" families get at most perfunctory coverage. [[note]]RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement precludes quoting obvious examples.[[/note]]

to:

The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty pretty, young, and young--to middle- or upper-class--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, poor, or disabled missing persons. If the missing white female is also from a good middle or upper-middle class family, this is somehow seen as more newsworthy: those from lower class or "underclass" families get at most perfunctory coverage. [[note]]RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement precludes quoting obvious examples.[[/note]]
persons.
4th Jul '16 11:31:50 PM TheHeadlessCabbage
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*Mentioned by Katherine Ryan in ''Creator/FrankieBoyle'''s Referendum Autopsy.
--> '''Katherine:''' They don't want to make it easy for you, the media. It's like a puzzle. They'll give you little clues, and you've got to do some of the work. Like when they say "Emma Watson, hot ass and nude photos", what they're really saying is "oh, she's given a UN speech about gender equality". When they say "Girl goes missing", what they're really saying is "''white'' girl goes missing".
3rd Jul '16 7:33:28 PM Duffan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Strangely avoided in "The Fighter," the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the below spin-off. The main team is called in because a series of homeless men are found beaten to death starting the same day each year. It's only the new and improved Red Cell team who realizes that an attractive, Caucasian, brunette teen girl and her father also go missing during that time period. They're actually ''forbidden'' from investigating this year's disappearance and told to focus on the traditionally ignored victims, with no [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] to be seen.
2nd May '16 3:43:35 PM TheOneWhoTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the WhiteKnighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.

to:

The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the WhiteKnighting white knighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.
28th Apr '16 2:42:44 AM AgProv
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty and young--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, or disabled missing persons.

to:

The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty and young--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, or disabled missing persons.
persons. If the missing white female is also from a good middle or upper-middle class family, this is somehow seen as more newsworthy: those from lower class or "underclass" families get at most perfunctory coverage. [[note]]RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement precludes quoting obvious examples.[[/note]]
26th Mar '16 10:01:49 AM freesefan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''The Black Box'', Harry Bosch is investigating a cold case regarding a white woman killed in the 1992 LA riots. He meets a lot of internal LAPD resistance, as the brass fears being accused of Missing White Woman Syndrome. In Connelly novel ''Literature/TheScarecrow'', Jack [=McEvoy=] accuses the LAPD of the Syndrome when the murder of a white woman near the crime-ridden Rodia Gardens housing project leads to a police raid.
29th Jan '16 6:29:46 AM FF32
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Used completely unironically as the entire plot of AMC's ''Series/TheKilling''. The series is all about solving the murder of Rosie Larson at any cost. Early on the case bring the police to a Seattle mosque where the imam explains that no one in the community is intersted in helping the police because the police haven't even bothered to investigating missing children from their neighborhood. After that the implications of an entire show dedicated to a missing white girl are sort of just awkwardly ignored.

to:

* Used completely unironically as the entire plot of AMC's ''Series/TheKilling''. The series is all about solving the murder of Rosie Larson at any cost. Early on the case bring the police to a Seattle mosque where the imam explains that no one in the community is intersted interested in helping the police because the police haven't even bothered to investigating missing children from their neighborhood. After that the implications of an entire show dedicated to a missing white girl are sort of just awkwardly ignored.
This list shows the last 10 events of 126. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome