History Main / MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome

30th Jul '17 10:00:39 AM DustSnitch
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19th Jul '17 2:44:44 PM ironballs16
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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers assassinate Cleveland Jr's character in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.

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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers [[AssholeVictim assassinate Cleveland Jr's character character]] in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.
4th Jul '17 2:15:35 PM twilicorn
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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.

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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.
28th May '17 6:24:01 PM lalaTKG
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* While discussing this trope, John Mulaney notes that the media loves to play up the attractiveness of female murder victims to enhance the sensationalism. He then notes that sometimes the hype doesn't live up to the reality. "'Beauty Slain'. Hmm... How about 'Body Found'?"

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* While discussing this trope, John Mulaney Creator/JohnMulaney notes that the media loves to play up the attractiveness of female murder victims to enhance the sensationalism. He then notes that sometimes the hype doesn't live up to the reality. "'Beauty Slain'. Hmm... How about 'Body Found'?"
28th May '17 6:19:19 PM lalaTKG
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28th May '17 6:19:18 PM lalaTKG
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Old Wounds", the father of the VictimOfTheWeek complains bitterly that non one seriously investigated when his daughter disappeared - instead preferring to believe she had just run away - because she was miner's child at the time of the miner's strike, and a half-caste. Even when her body is found, he does not believe the police will put any effort into finding her killer.

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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Old Wounds", the father of the VictimOfTheWeek complains bitterly that non no one seriously investigated when his daughter disappeared - instead preferring to believe she had just run away - because she was miner's child at the time of the miner's strike, and a half-caste. Even when her body is found, he does not believe the police will put any effort into finding her killer.
2nd Apr '17 6:36:07 PM Kadorhal
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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers assassinate Cleveland Jr's character in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.
-->'''Peter:''' Wait, wh- where did everybody go?\\
'''Cleveland:''' You wanna make the media go away? Just mention black-on-black crime.
28th Mar '17 4:02:05 AM Doug86
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* A central theme of the novel ''[[JamesEllroy The Black Dahlia]]'' and the real-life unsolved murder case on which it is partly based.

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* A central theme of the novel ''[[JamesEllroy ''[[Creator/JamesEllroy The Black Dahlia]]'' and the real-life unsolved murder case on which it is partly based.
23rd Mar '17 7:24:37 PM TheNicestGuy
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23rd Mar '17 7:24:20 PM TheNicestGuy
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* Discussed (specifically the Natalee Holloway case) in Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' when [=McNulty=] and Freamon suggest that the lack of support from their bosses in solving more than twenty murders is due to the victims being poor and black, leading to the episode's epitaph -- "This ain't Aruba, bitch."

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* Discussed (specifically the Natalee Holloway case) in Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' when [=McNulty=] and Freamon suggest that the lack of support from their bosses in solving more than twenty murders is due to the victims being poor and black, leading to the episode's epitaph epigraph -- "This ain't Aruba, bitch."



** [=McNulty=] then partially invokes this trope by staging dead white homeless men[[note]]They died of natural or OD-related causes[[/note]] to suggest a serial killer is targeting them. Then double-invoked when Scott Templeton starts capitalizing on this to win himself a Pulitzer Prize.

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** [=McNulty=] then partially invokes this trope by staging dead white homeless men[[note]]They died of natural or OD-related causes[[/note]] to suggest a serial killer is targeting them. Then The trope is so strong that even this is not good enough at first; since no one cares about the homeless, he has to spice it up with a vague sexual angle to make the front page. Once the story is hot enough, the trope is double-invoked when Scott Templeton starts capitalizing on this to win himself a Pulitzer Prize.
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