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14th Oct '17 9:17:18 PM AirofMystery
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** There are several examples in early seasons of either [[ButtMonkey Milhouse]] or [[TheSmartGuy Martin]] being implied to be gay. As sexual minorities in America grew to be more and more publicly accepted, that running gag was quietly dropped in favour of implying that Milhouse had a [[HopelessSuitor hopeless crush]] on Lisa.
14th Oct '17 10:02:04 AM Sharlee
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* In ''Film/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', the squirt gun is consigned to the Island of Misfit Toys because it fires grape jelly rather than water. Today, it'd be consigned to the Island of Dangerous/Illegal Toys, because it's a squirt gun that ''looks like a real gun'', rather than having a brightly-colored tip to ensure nobody with a ''real'' weapon mistakes it for a threat.
5th Oct '17 3:17:28 AM batty3108
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*** Inverted in the sequel, wherein Dr Evil, back in The 60's, again demands $100bn, only to be met with derisive laughter, since such a vast sum simply didn't exist in that era.
28th Sep '17 7:30:28 PM wistan
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** Actually the trope is avoided, since Worf says it is usual for women to "share in the cooking", not for them to do it alone.
28th Sep '17 6:59:31 PM wistan
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*** Of course, some might say that having the one and only visible character trait of your single oriental character be that he is a martial arts expert is itself promoting a problematic stereotype.
17th Sep '17 6:06:15 PM nombretomado
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* ArthurCClarke's ''Space Odyssey'' was pretty hilarious in this regard; along with [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union lasting well into the 2000s]], Apartheid in South Africa continued into the 2030s, when it ended in a revolution that kicked the white ruling class out.

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* ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Space Odyssey'' was pretty hilarious in this regard; along with [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union lasting well into the 2000s]], Apartheid in South Africa continued into the 2030s, when it ended in a revolution that kicked the white ruling class out.
11th Sep '17 2:07:54 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** We never see a single Time Lady from their introduction as a race in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" in 1969 until 1977's "The Invasion of Time" (ignoring Susan, who was a character back when the show followed [[TheArtifact different rules]] and the Doctor was still AmbiguouslyHuman). Fans at the time (and some of the actors) even thought Time Lords might have been a OneGenderRace. "The Deadly Assassin" attempted to work with this by turning it into a satire of the white-boys'-club mentality of British politics - a criticism that still has fangs decades later - but still seems short-sighted with Margaret Thatcher being Leader of the Opposition at the time. From the late 70s onwards, a {{retcon}} was made that Time Lords were a post-sexist society, and even gave the Doctor a Time Lady as a companion (who is sometimes shown to be baffled by human attitudes towards women).

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** We never see a single Time Lady from their introduction as a race in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" in 1969 until 1977's "The Invasion of Time" (ignoring Susan, who was a character back when the show followed [[TheArtifact different rules]] and the Doctor was still AmbiguouslyHuman). Fans at the time (and some of the actors) even thought Time Lords might have been a OneGenderRace. "The Deadly Assassin" attempted to work with this by turning it into a satire of the white-boys'-club mentality of British politics - a criticism that still has fangs decades later - but still seems short-sighted with Margaret Thatcher being Leader of the Opposition at the time. From the late 70s onwards, a {{retcon}} was made that Time Lords were a post-sexist society, and even gave the Doctor a Time Lady as a companion (who is sometimes shown to be baffled by human attitudes towards women). Later than that it was established that Time Lords and Time Ladies occasionally swap sex when they regenerate, and both the latest Master and the 13th Doctor are women.
10th Sep '17 10:03:34 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft (a teetotaler) wrote one non-supernatural short story about a young man who yields to temptation and goes to a speakeasy, but is saved from the evils of alcohol by a drunkard who won't stand for the youth making his own mistakes. Written during prohibition, it's set in the 1950s ... and booze is ''still'' mentioned to be illegal on the national level.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft (a teetotaler) wrote one non-supernatural short story story, "Old Bugs", about a young man who yields to temptation and goes to a speakeasy, but is saved from the evils of alcohol by a drunkard who won't stand for the youth making his own mistakes. Written during prohibition, it's set in the 1950s ... and booze is ''still'' mentioned to be illegal on the national level.
30th Aug '17 9:10:02 PM DrOO7
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* A 2013 episode of ''Series/MondayMornings'' had a gay man's husband and sister clashing over whether or not to sign a DNR following an accident. The man wanted to let him pass away, knowing he would not want to be kept alive by artificial means, while the sister insisted on keeping him alive. As the marriage was not legally recognized in Oregon (where the show is set), the sister was legally the next of kin and her wishes took precedence. Merely two years later, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, turning the episode into an UnintentionalPeriodPiece.
* [[SoapOpera Soaps]] get hit with this a lot. A lot of their social issue storylines that were controversial and/or groundbreaking at the time they aired now seem dated. Case in point, in 1996, ''[[Series/{{Loving}} The City]]'' was the first soap to tackle the UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} issue when a gorgeous model was revealed to have been born male. Unfortunately, it was nixed due to negative fan reaction and the actress's poor performance. Then in 2007, Series/AllMyChildren attempted a story in which the lesbian Bianca attempted a relationship with a man in the process of transitioning to a woman, which again was met with negative fan reaction. But in 2015/2016, when Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'''s Maya was revealed to be UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}}, the storyline was almost unanimously praised by viewers and critics alike, indicating the far more liberal attitudes of the viewing public.
26th Aug '17 3:21:16 PM wuggles
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** ''Series/IronFist'' faced this at a more meta level; the show received a lot of criticism from the start for the MightyWhitey premise. The basic criticism was that a white man going to Asia and becoming better at martial arts than the natives was acceptable when the comic was originally written, but now seems at least somewhat offensive.
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