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20th Apr '17 7:01:09 PM DesertDragon
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** This trope was inverted in the episode that introduces Kahn and his family. At first, Hank and the gang see two white men hauling furniture inside the house and think they're father and son. The gang tries to make nice with them until they explain that they're movers hired by the Asian family that's actually moving in.
20th Apr '17 6:54:39 PM DesertDragon
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': ''All'' non-human Inquisitors are initially mistaken for some kind of hired help by the quartermaster early in the game: an elf is mistaken for a servant, dwarf for a [[{{Unobtanium}} lyrium]] dealer, and Qunari for a mercenary. Though for what it's worth, the Qunari Inquisitor ''is'' a mercenary and the dwarf was part of the illegal lyrium trade, but by that point in the game, they're the Herald of [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]].
20th Apr '17 5:06:25 PM DesertDragon
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was interviewed from home discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.

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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was is interviewed from home by BBC discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed horrified mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.
20th Apr '17 4:57:56 PM DesertDragon
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY video]] where an American professor living in South Korea was interviewed from home discussing the impeachment of the nation's president, the interview is interrupted by his two young children wandering into the office, followed by their embarrassed mother shooing them out. It's a cute funny video, but half the comments assumed she was the professor's ''nanny'' rather than his wife. His being white and her being Korean made these assumptions [[EthnicMenialLabor all the more uncomfortable]]. After the video went viral, the family did several follow-up interviews clearing the air.
18th Apr '17 9:39:21 AM Abodos
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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lord Grantham was once mistaken for a footman by his ''own mother'' the Dowager Countess. Granted, she had initially seen him out of the corner of her eye and he was wearing the wrong evening clothes because of an ironing mishap.

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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lord Grantham was once mistaken for a footman by his ''own mother'' the Dowager Countess. Granted, she had initially seen him out of the corner of her eye and he was wearing the wrong evening clothes because of an ironing mishap.
18th Apr '17 9:39:21 AM Abodos
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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lord Grantham was once mistaken for a footman by his ''own mother'' the Dowager Countess. Granted, she had initially seen him out of the corner of her eye and he was wearing the wrong evening clothes because of an ironing mishap.

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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lord Grantham was once mistaken for a footman by his ''own mother'' the Dowager Countess. Granted, she had initially seen him out of the corner of her eye and he was wearing the wrong evening clothes because of an ironing mishap.
18th Apr '17 9:39:20 AM Abodos
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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lord Grantham was once mistaken for a footman by his ''own mother'' the Dowager Countess. Granted, she had initially seen him out of the corner of her eye and he was wearing the wrong evening clothes because of an ironing mishap.
9th Apr '17 7:38:53 AM Darkmoonfire
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''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has an example of this in an episode where the titular character finally tries to talk to [[TheDitz Ruth]][[TooDumbToLive MacDougal]], his love interest. He has arranged a meeting at a local restaurant in secret and when Ruth arrives and sits at the table to wait for her blind date to arrive, she [[{{Irony}} mistakes the Busboy for her date and Arnold for the Busboy.]] Despite all of his attempts to correct the mistake, Ruth treats Arnold like a servant and talks to him dismissively throughout the episode until she and the Busboy leave to have fun elsewhere.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has an example of this in an episode where the titular character finally tries to talk to [[TheDitz Ruth]][[TooDumbToLive MacDougal]], his love interest. He has arranged a meeting at a local restaurant in secret and when Ruth arrives and sits at the table to wait for her blind date to arrive, she [[{{Irony}} mistakes the Busboy for her date and Arnold for the Busboy.]] Despite all of his attempts to correct the mistake, Ruth treats Arnold like a servant and talks to him dismissively throughout the episode until she and the Busboy leave to have fun elsewhere.
11th Mar '17 5:16:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MissSaigon'', as Kim arrives at Chris' hotel room, Chris' wife Ellen absently tells her, "don't turn the bed yet". Kim informs her that she's not the maid. It's one of the few racially-based examples that ''doesn't'' have UnfortunateImplications--they're in an Asian country and it's a reasonable assumption on Ellen's part.

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* In ''MissSaigon'', ''Theatre/MissSaigon'', as Kim arrives at Chris' hotel room, Chris' wife Ellen absently tells her, "don't turn the bed yet". Kim informs her that she's not the maid. It's one of the few racially-based examples that ''doesn't'' have UnfortunateImplications--they're in an Asian country and it's a reasonable assumption on Ellen's part.
3rd Mar '17 6:17:14 PM Benthelame
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''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has an example of this in an episode where the titular character finally tries to talk to [[TheDitz Ruth]][[TooDumbToLive MacDougal]], his love interest. He has arranged a meeting at a local restaurant in secret and when Ruth arrives and sits at the table to wait for her blind date to arrive, she [[{{Irony}} mistakes the Busboy for her date and Arnold for the Busboy.]] Despite all of his attempts to correct the mistake, Ruth treats Arnold like a servant and talks to him dismissively throughout the episode until she and the Busboy leave to have fun elsewhere.
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