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14th Oct '17 10:14:52 AM RAMChYLD
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* Before the 90s, there was a toothpaste brand called "Darkie". It was changed to "Darlie" for obvious reasons.
8th Oct '17 1:57:17 PM nombretomado
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Plus, of course, the mere ''existence'' of homosexuals used to be [[QueerPeopleAreFunny and still is]] considered hilarious. Possibly, this was owing to homosexuality making a lot of people uncomfortable and many people laughing to cover their discomfort. At any rate, Dick Emery's camp characters only had to ''allude'' to fancying a man, or one of the wives visiting the convicts in ''{{Porridge}}'' be shown to be a gay and there was a huge guffaw on the laugh track.

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Plus, of course, the mere ''existence'' of homosexuals used to be [[QueerPeopleAreFunny and still is]] considered hilarious. Possibly, this was owing to homosexuality making a lot of people uncomfortable and many people laughing to cover their discomfort. At any rate, Dick Emery's camp characters only had to ''allude'' to fancying a man, or one of the wives visiting the convicts in ''{{Porridge}}'' ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' be shown to be a gay and there was a huge guffaw on the laugh track.
4th Aug '17 8:03:46 AM LentilSandEater
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* A very subtle one from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' which is never given direct reference -- Bart is left-handed, and is a notorious trouble-maker.
** It should also be noted that many (maybe most) of Creator/MattGroening's characters are left-handed. So while Bart is left-handed, so is Ned Flanders, who even runs a business devoted to selling southpaws products designed just for them.

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* A very subtle one from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' which is never given direct reference -- Bart is left-handed, and is a notorious trouble-maker. \n** It should also be noted that On the other hand, many (maybe most) of Creator/MattGroening's characters are left-handed. So while Bart is left-handed, so is Ned Flanders, who even runs a business devoted to selling southpaws products designed just for them.
27th Jul '17 1:01:29 PM germanlureag
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Despite America's welcoming borders to immigrants from most other countries, there are still sharp restrictions on immigration from its Spanish-speaking neighbors to the south. Since Mexico and the central American nations tend to be poorer economically than the U.S., some Americans fear that immigrants from these countries would be willing to work for peanuts and, thus, would steal the job market away. Unfortunately, this means that many Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. are here illegally, and so can only take off-the-radar jobs that ''do'' pay peanuts, thus reinforcing the stereotype. At least it's no longer acceptable to make "José Jiménez" jokes at their expense.

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Despite America's welcoming borders to immigrants from most other countries, there are still sharp restrictions on immigration from its Spanish-speaking neighbors to the south.immigration. Since Mexico and the central American nations tend to be poorer economically than the U.S., some Americans fear that immigrants from these countries would be willing to work for peanuts and, thus, would steal the job market away. Unfortunately, this means that many Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. are here illegally, and so can only take off-the-radar jobs that ''do'' pay peanuts, thus reinforcing the stereotype. At least it's It's no longer acceptable to make "José Jiménez" jokes at their expense.
27th Jul '17 12:52:53 PM germanlureag
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Perhaps the most recently removed from the list of AcceptableTargets, East Asians face much less discrimination in contemporary times. In the late 19th century/early 20th century Asians were the victim of YellowPeril stereotypes, and often made fun of for their exotic clothing and strange language, often portrayed as buck-toothed, bespectacled and with banana-yellow skin. Then WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened and all bets were off. It was especially vicious for the Japanese--You'll notice in WWII-era propaganda such as {{Wartime cartoon}}s, Germans will be portrayed as brutish thugs, but not quite inhuman (usually just big and burly/ugly), but the Japanese were portrayed as an entire race of violent devils who wanted to kill everybody. A mix of the sneak attack of Pearl Harbor (compared with the Germans, who hadn't committed any major anti-American atrocities aside from standard warfare) and their non-white nature is a nasty one. Stereotypes of Asians are more positive these days, and Asians are seen as very intelligent and excelling in academics, though of course this leads to the supposedly "positive" stereotype of [[AsianAndNerdy nerds]]. These days Asian men are portrayed as staunch businessmen or martial artists, and Asian women as exotic beauties or hard-working restaurant staff, but basically [[MonochromeCasting don't expect them to appear in films or TV much at all]] compared with other minorities out there.

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Perhaps the most recently removed from the list of AcceptableTargets, East Asians face much less discrimination in contemporary times. In the late 19th century/early 20th century Asians were the victim of YellowPeril stereotypes, and often made fun of for their exotic clothing and strange language, often portrayed as buck-toothed, bespectacled and with banana-yellow skin. Then WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened and all bets were off. It was especially vicious for the Japanese--You'll notice in WWII-era propaganda such as {{Wartime cartoon}}s, Germans will be portrayed as brutish thugs, but not quite inhuman (usually just big and burly/ugly), but the Japanese were portrayed as an entire race of violent devils who wanted to kill everybody. A mix of the sneak attack of Pearl Harbor (compared with the Germans, who hadn't committed any major anti-American atrocities aside from standard warfare) and their non-white non-western nature is a nasty one. Stereotypes of Asians are more positive these days, and Asians are seen as very intelligent and excelling in academics, though of course this leads to the supposedly "positive" stereotype of [[AsianAndNerdy nerds]]. These days Asian men are portrayed as staunch businessmen or martial artists, and Asian women as exotic beauties or hard-working restaurant staff, but basically [[MonochromeCasting basically don't expect them to appear in films or TV much at all]] all compared with other minorities out there.
16th Jul '17 12:39:50 PM Divra
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** In the most rural parts of the Czech Republic, mothers used "the Swedes" to frighten their children into eating their veggies and going to bed on time well into TheSixties.
* Norwegians will semi-jokingly refer to Sweden as "Norway's Mexico", i.e. the place you go for cheap liquor, cheap labor and cheap one-night-stands. Swedes have a reputation as being hard workers, but also rowdy, loud, boisterous, violent and overly fond of alcohol. Since most Swedes in Norway are young, probably just moved away from home and are there to earn as much money as they can as quickly as possible (both wages and living expenses are much higher in Norway than Sweden, so this is a common way for young Swedes to build a nest egg), this stereotype has a pretty solid foundation in reality.




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* In Scandinavia and Germany, the AsianStoreOwner commonly seen in British and American fiction will usually be replaced by an expatriate Turk. All other components of the stereotype still apply, strangely enough.
16th Jul '17 2:23:57 AM AgentTasmania
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In the UK, Poles are stereotyped as Plumbers.
16th May '17 2:42:40 PM nombretomado
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->'''Michael:''' No, I mean they're gypsies, but other people--People on {{Tumblr}} told me I can't say that!

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->'''Michael:''' No, I mean they're gypsies, but other people--People on {{Tumblr}} Website/{{Tumblr}} told me I can't say that!
4th Apr '17 4:54:36 PM BlackBaroness
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Before the passage of endangered species legislation, many animals, specifically dangerous animals like lions and gorillas, tended to be portrayed as the antagonist, making it okay for the dashing lead to beat the crap out of them and even kill them at times. Nowadays, this type of treatment offends many people, not just animal activists, so this has heavily toned down (for a great example, compare the original ''Film/KingKong1933'' to ''Film/KingKong2005'').
4th Apr '17 4:53:47 PM BlackBaroness
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* The film ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' was responsible for the demonization of [[ThreateningShark sharks]] in public consciousness, which would result in a fierce backlash once further research was done on them. Even Peter Benchley, the writer of the original novel, came to regret his impact on the reputation of sharks, and became a shark conservationist.

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* The film ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' was responsible for the demonization of [[ThreateningShark sharks]] in public consciousness, which would result in a fierce backlash once further research was done on them. Even Peter Benchley, the writer of the original novel, came to regret his impact on the reputation of sharks, and became a shark conservationist.
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