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21st Aug '16 12:51:22 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/TylerPerry's films are accused by critics of reinforcing stereotypes with his Madea films. In fact, throughout the 2000s, black comedians appearing in drag as stereotypical fat black women became a trend with EddieMurphy, Creator/MartinLawrence, and the aforementioned Tyler Perry.

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* Creator/TylerPerry's films are accused by critics of reinforcing stereotypes with his Madea films. In fact, throughout the 2000s, black comedians appearing in drag as stereotypical fat black women became a trend with EddieMurphy, Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/MartinLawrence, and the aforementioned Tyler Perry.
24th Jul '16 3:34:12 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Whenever the United States starts experiencing some negative ValuesDissonance with another country, you can bet that {{WWE}} will trot out unflattering caricatures of the disliked nationality, who are ''always'' heels (except when WWE visits their supposed home countries, where they'll temporarily become good guys). Usually these "foreigners" are portrayed by Americans or Canadians, though sometimes from the very ethnic group they are parodying. And yes, if these wrestlers ''do'' have ethnic ties to their characters, the "heel heat" ''can'' [[BerserkButton get to them]] outside of {{Kayfabe}}. Examples include La Resistance (French), Muhammad Hassan (Arab), and sundry Nazis, Communists, and YellowPeril Japanese.

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* Pro wrestling is the only medium where the WildSamoan is just expected, but a gimmick the fans have openly embraced, mainly because the trope namers were so talented and their family so pervasive among the various members of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance, former or otherwise. That said, Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 and Wrestling/{{TNA}} ''did'' come under fire for trying to force the wild Samoan gimmick on Wrestling/SamoaJoe.
* Whenever the United States starts experiencing some negative ValuesDissonance with another country, you can bet that {{WWE}} Wrestling/{{WWE}} will trot out unflattering caricatures of the disliked nationality, who are ''always'' heels (except when WWE visits their supposed home countries, where they'll temporarily become good guys). Usually these "foreigners" are portrayed by Americans or Canadians, though sometimes from the very ethnic group they are parodying. And yes, if these wrestlers ''do'' have ethnic ties to their characters, the "heel heat" ''can'' [[BerserkButton get to them]] outside of {{Kayfabe}}. Examples include La Resistance (French), Muhammad Hassan Wrestling/TheIronSheik (Iran), Wrestling/MuhammadHassan (Arab), and sundry Nazis, Communists, Nazis(Jon Heidenreich was lucky enough to have this shot down), Communists(Nikolai Volkoff), and YellowPeril Japanese.Japanese(Yamaguchi San).



* WWF\E's Divas playing up really degrading sexual stereotypes, the late '90s and early '00s being their lowest point. MudWrestling is one thing but when Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, a defender of substance matches, is suggesting there are one too many, when Wrestling/StacyKeibler is getting title shots through bra and panties matches with the angle being she can't wrestle well enough to win in a standard one fall, when the women's title belt is defended in a water pool, you've definitely reached this point.



* Grizzly Redwood actually had a career in Wrestling/RingOfHonor dating back to the "[[ADayInTheLimeLight Top of the Class]]" days, but all anyone remembers is his [[CanadaEh "World's Littlest Lumberjack" gimmick.]]



* The Divas playing up really degrading sexual stereotypes. Things have gotten better in recent years; the late '90s and early '00s were the low point.

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* The Divas playing up really degrading sexual stereotypes. Things have gotten better in recent years; the late '90s and early '00s were the low point.
29th May '16 6:10:13 PM JamesAustin
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* SantinoMarella does this for Italians, though he's mostly been a face.

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* SantinoMarella Wrestling/SantinoMarella does this for Italians, though he's mostly been a face.
19th May '16 1:09:30 PM ironballs16
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* The "Asian manicurist" as portrayed by Alex Borstein as Ms. Kwan, later renamed Ms. Swan on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' would count, though Bornstein would later try and blunt criticism of the popular character via reworking the character so that she was smarter than she seemed AND revealed (in a one-off sketch) that she spoke perfect English and only acted like a dumb foreigner so that she could troll people for shits and giggles. Said to be based on Music/{{Bjork}}.
* Also from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' [[OverlyLongName Bunifa Latifah Halifa Sharifa Jackson]], as played by Debra Wilson who makes Chris Tucker's UncleTomFoolery look ''subtle''.

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* The "Asian manicurist" as portrayed by Alex Borstein as Ms. Kwan, later renamed Ms. Swan on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' would count, though Bornstein would later try and blunt criticism of the popular character via reworking the character so that she was smarter than she seemed AND revealed (in a one-off sketch) that she spoke perfect English and only acted like a dumb foreigner so that [[ItAmusedMe she could troll people for shits and giggles.giggles]]. Said to be based on Music/{{Bjork}}.
* ** One particular sketch (prior to the trolling one) had her give a detailed description of the person being looked for [[InnerMonologue in her head]], but when asked again? "He look like a man!"
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Also from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' [[OverlyLongName Bunifa Latifah Halifa Sharifa Jackson]], as played by Debra Wilson who makes Chris Tucker's UncleTomFoolery look ''subtle''.
19th May '16 1:08:05 PM ironballs16
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* Also from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' Bunifa, as played by Debra Wilson who makes Chris Tucker's UncleTomFoolery look ''subtle''.

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* Also from ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' Bunifa, [[OverlyLongName Bunifa Latifah Halifa Sharifa Jackson]], as played by Debra Wilson who makes Chris Tucker's UncleTomFoolery look ''subtle''.
16th May '16 10:37:05 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is made of this whenever the Gauls go to another country. Editions used to be run with a foreword by the authors insisting they're making fun of the stereotypes rather than the people, but in practice the stories do not feel like parodies, though not usually very offensive. The comics were pulled from school libraries in the UK because of this, but returned due to outcry from nostalgic parents. Tends to inspire a lot of MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales in terms of the books that use stereotypes more gentle and harmless, such as ''Asterix in Britain'' (StiffUpperLip), ''Asterix in Switzerland'' (YodelLand) and ''Asterix and the Black Gold'' (AllJewsAreAshkenazi); or too stupid and extreme to take seriously, like ''Asterix in Corsica'' (TheMafia), ''Asterix and the Goths'' (UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany) and ''Asterix and the Normans'' (HornyVikings who eat everything with creme sauce), but the creators are no strangers to furious letters from people from these countries.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is made of this whenever the Gauls go to another country. Editions used to be run with a foreword by the authors insisting they're making fun of the stereotypes rather than the people, but in practice the stories do not feel like parodies, though not usually very offensive. The comics were pulled from school libraries in the UK because of this, but returned due to outcry from nostalgic parents. Tends to inspire a lot of MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales in terms of the books that use stereotypes more gentle and harmless, such as ''Asterix in Britain'' (StiffUpperLip), ''Asterix in Switzerland'' (YodelLand) and ''Asterix and the Black Gold'' (AllJewsAreAshkenazi); or too stupid and extreme to take seriously, like ''Asterix in Corsica'' (TheMafia), ''Asterix and the Goths'' (UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany) and ''Asterix and the Normans'' (HornyVikings who eat everything with creme sauce), sauce, Normandie being a dairy-producing region), but the creators are no strangers to furious letters from people from these countries.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', when black super The Deep is unamused by his new UnfortunateImplications-heavy outfit, asking if it comes with a watermelon accessory.
14th Feb '16 5:29:04 PM NinjaLore
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* Creator/DaveChappelle saw later episodes of [[Series/ChappellesShow his own show]] as this, which prompted him to quit. See the example in the "Stand-Up Comedy" section for more details.

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* Creator/DaveChappelle saw later episodes of [[Series/ChappellesShow his own show]] as this, which prompted him to quit. See the example The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to TheDarkSide was in the "Stand-Up Comedy" section "Pixies" sketch, depicting pixies representing racial stereotypes telling regular people of various races to live out those stereotypes. The pixie for more details.black people, played by Chappelle, is a ridiculously offensive shuckin'-an'-jivin' blackface minstrel. Chappelle reported watching a white crew member's reaction to the bit and being made deeply uncomfortable by his laughter.



* ''Series/ChappellesShow'': The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to TheDarkSide was in the "Pixies" sketch, depicting pixies representing racial stereotypes telling regular people of various races to live out those stereotypes. The pixie for black people, played by Chappelle, is a ridiculously offensive shuckin'-an'-jivin' blackface minstrel. Chappelle reported watching a white crew member's reaction to the bit and being made deeply uncomfortable by his laughter.

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* ''Series/ChappellesShow'': The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to TheDarkSide was in the "Pixies" sketch, depicting pixies representing racial stereotypes telling regular people of various races to live out those stereotypes. The pixie for black people, played by Chappelle, is a ridiculously offensive shuckin'-an'-jivin' blackface minstrel. Chappelle reported watching a white crew member's reaction to the bit and being made deeply uncomfortable by his laughter.
18th Dec '15 5:59:02 AM notahandle
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* The "Asian manicurist" as portrayed by Alex Borstein as Ms. Kwan, later renamed Ms. Swan on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' would count, though Bornstein would later try and blunt criticism of the popular character via reworking the character so that she was smarter than she seemed AND revealed (in a one-off sketch) that she spoke perfect English and only acted like a dumb foreigner so that she could troll people for shits and giggles. Said to be based on Bjork.

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* The "Asian manicurist" as portrayed by Alex Borstein as Ms. Kwan, later renamed Ms. Swan on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' would count, though Bornstein would later try and blunt criticism of the popular character via reworking the character so that she was smarter than she seemed AND revealed (in a one-off sketch) that she spoke perfect English and only acted like a dumb foreigner so that she could troll people for shits and giggles. Said to be based on Bjork.Music/{{Bjork}}.
15th Nov '15 7:38:17 AM Morgenthaler
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Any show aimed at an in-crowd can fall for this unintentionally, particularly if satire acquires a MisaimedFandom. The movie ''{{Bamboozled}}'' is based on that premise. Sometimes comedy is intended in the format of "We're laughing with you, not at you," but somewhere out there, someone is laughing at you. In other cases, it's a matter of tokenism gone bad, combined with stale comedy, and possibly resulting in an EthnicScrappy.

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Any show aimed at an in-crowd can fall for this unintentionally, particularly if satire acquires a MisaimedFandom. The movie ''{{Bamboozled}}'' ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}'' is based on that premise. Sometimes comedy is intended in the format of "We're laughing with you, not at you," but somewhere out there, someone is laughing at you. In other cases, it's a matter of tokenism gone bad, combined with stale comedy, and possibly resulting in an EthnicScrappy.
28th Sep '15 10:21:36 PM Eagal
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* The MisaimedFandom aspect is strong with ''Series/WillAndGrace'''s [[StereotypeGay gay minstrelsy]]. A [[MisaimedFandom substantial segment of its audience]] doesn't support gay rights, gay marriage, gay love, or gay anything. They just like laughing at the quaint homosexuals. The show's sizable gay fanbase, however, appreciate the sympathetic characterization and relatively sparing use of stereotypes - Will is a successful lawyer, not (say) a fashion designer.

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* The MisaimedFandom aspect is strong with ''Series/WillAndGrace'''s [[StereotypeGay gay minstrelsy]]. A [[MisaimedFandom substantial segment of its audience]] audience doesn't support gay rights, gay marriage, gay love, or gay anything. They just like laughing at the quaint homosexuals. The show's sizable gay fanbase, however, appreciate the sympathetic characterization and relatively sparing use of stereotypes - Will is a successful lawyer, not (say) a fashion designer.
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