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20th Jul '17 7:51:17 PM HuntingHighandLow
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* [[http://thehardtimes.net/hardstyle/anti-swastika-tattoo-just-swastika/ Parodied in this article]] from The Hard Times, in which the narrator claims that his various racist tattoos are actually anti-racist, but he keeps running out of money, so he can't finish them.
14th Jul '17 5:24:24 AM eowynjedi
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* In one ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' storyline has a new family move in next door while Michael and Elizabeth are still kids. Michael excitedly says "Look mom, they're--!" only to be repeatedly shushed because they're Japanese-Canadian... until he finally gets it out with "they're our age!"
9th Jul '17 5:19:06 AM littlebeeper
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* An incredibly awkward version pops up in ''Film/TrueCrime'', when Creator/ClintEastwood's character goes to see the mother of a black possible witness. She assumes he's racist, and while he's sputtering, trying to explain herself, she correctly figures out that the other two witnesses and the victim were all white. Eastwood's character tells her she's "making it into a race thing" and tells her the condemned man he's trying to save is ''also'' black. She tells him the man he came to see has been dead for three years, and asks him where he was when he got stabbed.

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* An incredibly awkward version pops up in ''Film/TrueCrime'', when Creator/ClintEastwood's character goes to see the mother of a black possible witness. She assumes he's racist, and while he's sputtering, trying to explain herself, himself, she correctly figures out that the other two witnesses and the victim were all white. Eastwood's character tells her she's "making it into a race thing" and tells her the condemned man he's trying to save is ''also'' black. She tells him the man he came to see has been dead for three years, and asks him where he was when he got stabbed.
24th Jun '17 5:55:29 PM Fireblood
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* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Elliot mistakes an Asian-American client for the Chinese food delivery guy. Jack's attempt to set things right backfire when the person he thinks is the returning client actually works for him. To cap it off, Elliot is drinking a Slushie and gets brain freeze. Holding his temples so tightly his eyes slant, he bows back and forth saying "Ah, so cold!" - just as the client returns to be insulted a second time.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Doug and Carrie want to sell their house, but decide against it at the very last moment. The problem is that two potential buyers, who happen to be a black couple, are already inspecting the house, and like what they see. After a while they notice that Doug and Carrie are suddenly very reluctant to sell them their house, think this is because of their ethnicity, and are of course quite offended.
* Referenced in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. The victim of the week tells police that she went out of her way to avoid looking racist when a Black man got into the elevator with her and offered to help her with her groceries. He then promptly pulled a gun and raped her.

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* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Elliot mistakes an Asian-American client for the Chinese food delivery guy. Jack's attempt to set things right backfire backfires when the person he thinks is the returning client actually works for him. To cap it off, Elliot is drinking a Slushie and gets brain freeze. Holding his temples so tightly his eyes slant, he bows back and forth saying "Ah, so cold!" - just as the client returns to be insulted a second time.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Doug and Carrie want to sell their house, but decide against it at the very last moment. The problem is that two potential buyers, who happen to be a black couple, are already inspecting the house, and like what they see. After a while they notice that Doug and Carrie are suddenly very reluctant to sell them their house, think this is because of their ethnicity, race, and are of course quite offended.
* Referenced in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. The victim of the week tells police that she went out of her way to avoid looking racist when a Black black man got into the elevator with her and offered to help her with her groceries. He then promptly pulled a gun and raped her.



** In "The Cigar Store Indian", Jerry gives Elaine the titular Indian as a gift while she is with a group of her female friends, only to be told later that one of said friends is Native American. To make matters worse, it's the one he has a crush on. Miraculously, he manages to apologize enough to get a date with her, but ends up continually [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging himself deeper]] by unintentionally doing or saying things that seem racist, culminating in him asking a mailman (who is facing away from him) for directions to a nearby Chinese restaurant, figuring that a mailman would be familiar with the neighbourhood. When the mailman turns around, he is of course revealed to be a very offended Chinese man who assumed he was asked because of his race and not his job.

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** In "The Cigar Store Indian", Jerry gives Elaine the titular Indian as a gift while she is with a group of her female friends, only to be told later that one of said friends is Native American. To make matters worse, it's the one he has a crush on. Miraculously, he manages to apologize enough to get a date with her, but ends up continually [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging himself deeper]] by unintentionally doing or saying things that seem racist, culminating in him asking a mailman (who is facing away from him) for directions to a nearby Chinese restaurant, figuring that a mailman would be familiar with the neighbourhood.neighborhood. When the mailman turns around, he is of course revealed to be a very offended Chinese man who assumed he was asked because of his race and not his job.



** Elaine desperately tries to avoid this trope when she's dating a man who she thinks might be black (darker skin tone, curly hair, apartment decorated with African wood carvings), but could just as easily be white. [[InsaneTrollLogic She figures a good compromise is to take him to a bunch of Spanish restaurants]]. He seemingly confirms that he is black when he says the two of them are an interracial couple, but it turns out that he thought she was Hispanic (thick curly hair, last name "Benes", [[BrickJoke she kept taking him to Spanish restaurants]]). When they realize that they're just two white people, they decide to go to the Gap.

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** Elaine desperately tries to avoid this trope when she's dating a man who she thinks might be black (darker skin tone, curly hair, apartment decorated with African wood carvings), carvings, left South Africa for "obvious reasons"), but could just as easily be white. [[InsaneTrollLogic She figures a good compromise is to take him to a bunch of Spanish restaurants]]. He seemingly confirms that he is black when he says the two of them are an interracial couple, but it turns out that he thought she was Hispanic (thick curly hair, last name "Benes", [[BrickJoke she kept taking him to Spanish restaurants]]). When they realize that they're just two white people, they decide to go to the Gap.
11th Jun '17 1:21:08 PM nombretomado
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* The 2010 South African [[TheWorldCup World Cup]] starting 11 had 10 black players and 1 white. The white player's name was Matthew Booth. Cue horrified, mostly foreign MoralGuardians who had watched the overwhelmingly black South African crowd yelling "Boooooooooo(th)" every time Booth had the ball.

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* The 2010 South African [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] starting 11 had 10 black players and 1 white. The white player's name was Matthew Booth. Cue horrified, mostly foreign MoralGuardians who had watched the overwhelmingly black South African crowd yelling "Boooooooooo(th)" every time Booth had the ball.
6th Jun '17 11:53:04 AM BiffJr
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* Wrestling/MuhammadHassan would very often accuse the fans and the other wrestlers of being against him solely for being Middle Eastern. Despite Wrestling/JohnCena claiming that "We don't hate you because you're Arab-American, we hate you because you're ''Asshole-American''!", he was not exactly far off the mark with his claims.
** The wrestler himself was an Italian-American.

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* Wrestling/MuhammadHassan would very often accuse the fans and the other wrestlers of being against him solely for being Middle Eastern. Despite Wrestling/JohnCena claiming that "We don't hate you because you're Arab-American, we hate you because you're ''Asshole-American''!", he was not exactly far off the mark with his claims.
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claims. [[note]]The wrestler himself was an Italian-American.Italian-American. [[/note]]
31st May '17 6:40:55 PM nombretomado
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** A similar joke occurs in ''Divided We Fall''. [[YoungAvengers Stature]] captures Miles after being brainwashed by the Mind Gem, and states that the new Spider-Man isn't what she was expecting. Miles calls her a racist in his internal narration, but then realizes she was likely referring to the fact that he's only 13-years old.

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** A similar joke occurs in ''Divided We Fall''. [[YoungAvengers [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Stature]] captures Miles after being brainwashed by the Mind Gem, and states that the new Spider-Man isn't what she was expecting. Miles calls her a racist in his internal narration, but then realizes she was likely referring to the fact that he's only 13-years old.
28th May '17 4:28:05 PM RobTan
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* A variant occurs in ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' where Mike is Mistaken For Sexist. He is laying a concrete path at his granddaughter's playground, and three volunteers offer to help. He gets the two male volunteers (a white man and a black man) to mix concrete, but tells the female volunteer (a black woman) that he doesn't need any more help. She takes his trowel and demonstrates that she can help him finish the concrete, and he hands her a broom. When she gives him an "are you kidding me" look, he explains that he wants her to use it to make furrows in the surface so the path won't be slippery when it rains.
14th May '17 12:54:57 AM AthenaBlue
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** In ''The Last Hero'', first book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Piper is taken aback when Annabeth calls her a "half-blood", as Piper's father is Cherokee, and as far as she knows her mother was white. Annabeth is actually talking about Piper's DivineParentage, as Piper's mother was actually a goddess. And this isn't the last time "half-blood" as a synonym for "demigod" causes problems:

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** In ''The Last Lost Hero'', first book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Piper is taken aback when Annabeth calls her a "half-blood", as Piper's father is Cherokee, and as far as she knows her mother was white. Annabeth is actually talking about Piper's DivineParentage, as Piper's mother was actually a goddess. And this isn't the last time "half-blood" as a synonym for "demigod" causes problems:
14th May '17 12:53:32 AM AthenaBlue
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** In ''The Last Hero'', first book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Piper is taken aback when Annabeth calls her a "half-blood", as Piper's father is Cherokee, and as far as she knows her mother was white. Of course, Annabeth is actually talking about Piper's DivineParentage, as Piper's mother was actually a goddess. And this isn't the last time the fact that "half-blood" as a synonym for "demigod" causes problems:

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** In ''The Last Hero'', first book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Piper is taken aback when Annabeth calls her a "half-blood", as Piper's father is Cherokee, and as far as she knows her mother was white. Of course, Annabeth is actually talking about Piper's DivineParentage, as Piper's mother was actually a goddess. And this isn't the last time the fact that "half-blood" as a synonym for "demigod" causes problems:
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