History Main / ModernMinstrelsy

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.
28th Sep '15 10:20:15 PM Eagal
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* ''[[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye for the Straight Guy]]''.
* Remember the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''? Not only were the character's costumes ColorCodedForYourConvenience, the Black Ranger had way too much of a Martin Lawrence thing going on. The Super Nintendo ''Power Rangers'' game even had him doing an offensive caricature jig. Also note that the Yellow Ranger was Asian. Heck, even the Red Ranger was part Native American descent.

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* %%* ''[[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye for the Straight Guy]]''.
* Remember the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''? Not only were the character's costumes ColorCodedForYourConvenience, the Black Ranger had way too much of a Martin Lawrence thing going on. The Super Nintendo ''Power Rangers'' game even had him doing an offensive caricature jig. Also note that the Yellow Ranger was Asian. Heck, even the Red Ranger was part Native American descent.
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31st Aug '15 1:29:22 AM MechWarrior
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* ''Series/ChappellesShow'': The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to the DarkSide 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 the DarkSide 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.
31st Aug '15 1:29:03 AM MechWarrior
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* Hiro Nakamura of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' certainly seemed to have started off this way; even Creator/MasiOka admits he's fulfilling a lot of Asian stereotypes in the role (despite wishing Hollywood's portrayal of Asian men would StopBeingStereotypical). AsianAndNerdy? Check. [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish Poor grammar and pronunciation]]? Check, at least at the start ([[CharacterDevelopment he loses much of the accent after the first season, and Future Hiro has no accent at all]]). [[{{Keet}} Over-enthusiastic]] and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter gullible]]? Check. However, he turned out to be an EnsembleDarkHorse in both America [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales and Japan]], the later at least in part because of the former.

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* Hiro Nakamura of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' certainly seemed to have started off this way; even Creator/MasiOka admits he's fulfilling a lot of Asian stereotypes in the role (despite wishing Hollywood's portrayal of Asian men would StopBeingStereotypical). AsianAndNerdy? Check. [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish Poor grammar and pronunciation]]? Check, at least at the start ([[CharacterDevelopment he loses much of the accent after the first season, and Future Hiro has no accent at all]]). [[{{Keet}} Over-enthusiastic]] and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter gullible]]? Check. However, he turned out to be an EnsembleDarkHorse EnsembleDarkhorse in both America [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales and Japan]], the later at least in part because of the former.
2nd Aug '15 10:33:06 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Speedy Gonzales]]''. [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales He's very popular in Latin America]]; a theory about this is that he sublimates the complicated love/hate relationship between Latin American countries and the United States because, as stereotypical as he is, Speedy always wins over the evil gringo cat/duck/whoever animal).
** You could also see Speedy as a trope aversion. Where the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy, Speedy is fast and capable. The reason Speedy isn't shown anymore isn't really him as much as the other mice, who could be interpreted as lazy and helpless.
*** Though even that image is subverted; Speedy's cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez embodied the lazy stereotype -- speaking and moving absurdly slow -- but subverted it by outwitting the antagonist whenever he got caught. Or shooting him in the face with his HammerSpace HandCannon.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is one of many who take the "we're not making fun of the people, we're making fun of the stereotypes" stance, repetitively citing how much crap they put on Jews when the co-creators themselves are Jewish. Either way, it all quickly gets really old and [[GenreShift consumes the show's original premise]], which as you probably don't remember, was spoofing reality shows. Still, TakeThat stereotypes!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sometimes delves into this. ''Especially'' when it comes to the Irish, partially because [[AcceptableEthnicTargets very few people - even if they actually are Irish - still get offended by that]].
** The show also frequently pokes fun at Jews, which quite often inches dangerously close to outright anti-Semitic jokes with very little sense of irony about them. The show's portrayal of Christians is also consistently negatively stereotypical. Although it was somewhat toned down after the poorly recieved "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven".

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Speedy Gonzales]]''. The Mexican mice in the show are all lazy and useless, playing on the "lazy Mexicans" stereotype. It was considered ironic that Speedy is a complete inversion of the stereotype, which was supposed to be the appeal. The character proved [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales He's very popular in Latin America]]; a theory about this is that he sublimates America]] because of the complicated love/hate relationship between Latin American countries and the United States because, as stereotypical as he is, heroic qualities of Speedy always wins over the evil gringo cat/duck/whoever animal).
** You could also see Speedy as a trope aversion. Where the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy, Speedy is fast and capable. The reason Speedy isn't shown anymore isn't really him as much as the other mice, who could be interpreted as lazy and helpless.
*** Though even that image is subverted; Speedy's cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez embodied the lazy stereotype -- speaking and moving absurdly slow -- but subverted it by outwitting the antagonist whenever he got caught. Or shooting him in the face with his HammerSpace HandCannon.
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* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is one of many who take the "we're not making fun of the people, we're making fun of the stereotypes" stance, repetitively citing how much crap they put on Jews when the co-creators themselves are Jewish. Either way, it all quickly gets really old and [[GenreShift consumes the show's original premise]], which as you probably don't remember, was spoofing reality shows. Still, TakeThat stereotypes!
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sometimes delves into this.
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''Especially'' when it comes to the Irish, partially because [[AcceptableEthnicTargets very few people - even if they actually are Irish - still get offended by that]].
** The show also frequently pokes fun at Jews, which quite often inches dangerously close to outright anti-Semitic jokes with very little sense of irony about them. The show's portrayal of Christians is also consistently negatively stereotypical. Although it was somewhat toned down after the poorly recieved received "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven".
2nd Aug '15 10:27:11 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/ChappellesShow'': The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to the DarkSide 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.



* Many on all sides feel that Creator/DaveChappelle was one of the few who truly got it right. Ironically, he was the one who came to feel that he was just reinforcing the types rather than sending them up and pulled his show.
** The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to the DarkSide 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.
2nd Aug '15 10:24:37 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Ditto ''[[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye for the Straight Guy]]''.

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** Ditto * ''[[Series/QueerEye Queer Eye for the Straight Guy]]''.



** Parodied with a vengeance by ''MyWayEntertainment,'' going beyond the simple ethnic color-coding to reveal that the Black Ranger is a crack dealer and the Yellow Ranger speaks largely in takeout/massage solicitations. Oddly enough, the evil clone of the Black Ranger is Modern Minstrelsy taken UpToEleven, with quotes such as "Oh yeah, chicken and watermelon!" and "Now it's time for the black-on-black crime!"

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** * Parodied with a vengeance by ''MyWayEntertainment,'' going beyond the simple ethnic color-coding to reveal that the Black Ranger is a crack dealer and the Yellow Ranger speaks largely in takeout/massage solicitations. Oddly enough, the evil clone of the Black Ranger is Modern Minstrelsy taken UpToEleven, with quotes such as "Oh yeah, chicken and watermelon!" and "Now it's time for the black-on-black crime!"



** Even more so with Sheldon. Although nobody has ever officially said he has a certain disorder, there's clearly ''something'' wrong with him, and he carries out stereotypical symptoms of UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome and [[SuperOCD OCPD]]. Some of the UnfortunateImplications were partially [[DefiedTrope defied]] in one episode, in which he demonstrates to Leonard what he goes through if something is out of order by [[spoiler:making him wear an extremely itchy shirt until he can pay for a DVD they borrowed, from a store that closed years ago and its owner is dead and has no next of kin, without telling him he has already paid for it]], to show that he’s not just being mean and obtuse--deviations from routine and order cause him legitimate distress. [[spoiler:And yes, even he gets a girlfriend and learns to tone it down.]]
* The Spirit of Jazz from ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', a demented Voodoo jazz musician, as well as the two guitar players Rudi and Spider—who were broad Latino stereotypes—were all played by White guys ([[BlackFace wearing black or brown makeup]] ). Then again, ''Boosh'' has a very small cast so those actors tend to play ''everyone''.

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** Even more so with Sheldon. Although nobody has ever officially said he has a certain disorder, there's clearly ''something'' wrong with him, and he carries out stereotypical symptoms of UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome and [[SuperOCD OCPD]]. Some of the UnfortunateImplications were partially [[DefiedTrope defied]] in one episode, in which he demonstrates to Leonard what he goes through if something is out of order by [[spoiler:making him wear an extremely itchy shirt until he can pay for a DVD they borrowed, from a store that closed years ago and its owner is dead and has no next of kin, without telling him he has already paid for it]], to show that he’s not just being mean and obtuse--deviations from routine and order cause him legitimate distress. [[spoiler:And yes, even he gets a girlfriend and learns to tone it down.]]
* The Spirit of Jazz from ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', a demented Voodoo jazz musician, god of jazz, as well as the two guitar players Rudi and Spider—who were broad Latino stereotypes—were all played by White guys ([[BlackFace wearing black or brown makeup]] ). Then again, ''Boosh'' has a very small cast so those actors tend to play ''everyone''.
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