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14th Mar '17 10:16:03 PM DustSnitch
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** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek. (Perhaps medieval monks started this -- they had to write "Christ" so much in their copying work that they started writing X as shorthand.) This is also why Catholic churches have a big XP on things -- it's "CHR", the first letters in "Christ". (And, if you really want to be pedantic, Christmas originated as a pagan holiday that was HijackedByJesus because most of the non-Christian world had some sort of winter festival and the Christians figured they may as well join the party.) The expression "Xian" for Christian was originally not a pejorative, but came from online religion discussion groups where like those medieval monks you had to type "Christian" so much that Xian became the shorthand.

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** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek. (Perhaps medieval monks started this -- they had to write "Christ" so much in their copying work that they started writing X as shorthand.) This is also why Catholic churches have a big XP on things -- it's "CHR", the first letters in "Christ". (And, if you really want to be pedantic, Christmas originated as a pagan holiday that was HijackedByJesus because most of the non-Christian world had some sort of winter festival and the Christians figured they may as well join the party.) The expression "Xian" for Christian was originally not a pejorative, but came from online religion discussion groups where like those medieval monks you had to type "Christian" so much that Xian became the shorthand.
11th Mar '17 12:09:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''MetalWolfChaos'' appears to be set in America as imagined by Japanese games developers who have only ever seen it in action movies.

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* ''MetalWolfChaos'' ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' appears to be set in America as imagined by Japanese games developers who have only ever seen it in action movies.
4th Mar '17 9:36:06 AM nombretomado
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* Making ''MarioKart'' clones is one of the the most common ways to make the compact versions out of serious motorsport events. EA made ''[[UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} NASCAR Kart Racing]]'' and Codemasters made ''[[FormulaOne F1 Race Stars]]'', for examples.

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* Making ''MarioKart'' ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' clones is one of the the most common ways to make the compact versions out of serious motorsport events. EA made ''[[UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} NASCAR Kart Racing]]'' and Codemasters made ''[[FormulaOne F1 Race Stars]]'', for examples.
1st Feb '17 12:35:47 PM JulianLapostat
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1st Feb '17 12:34:59 PM JulianLapostat
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--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro''': ''This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time. ''

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--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro''': Monteiro]]''': ''This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time. ''
1st Feb '17 12:34:13 PM JulianLapostat
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--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro''': This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time.

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--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro''': This ''This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time. ''
1st Feb '17 12:33:38 PM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/LinManuelMiranda's ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' has been criticized in more than a few quarters for trafficking in "[[https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/09/founders-chic/302773/ Founders' Chic]]", repackaging familiar stereotypes about the founders (UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington the HumbleHero[[note]]He was considerably ambitious personally and well aware of how famous he was but it was mainly decorum at the time that compelled him to put on a humble personality and airs of non-partisanship when he was in fact a major wheeler-dealer property owner[[/note]], UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson the Hypocrite[[note]]Which is accurate but it's an accusation that few held against him at the time, and one which everyone was equally guilty of[[/note]], Aaron Burr, an usurping and ambitious man without loyalty[[note]]A portrayal that owes itself to slander printed against Burr by Hamilton and Jefferson, eliminating the fact that he played a key role in abolishing slavery in New York State, was the most pro-women's rights among the founders and founded a bank to help the immigrant and new settler cheap loans to get a start[[/note]]) that was criticized by historians [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/30/liberals-love-alexander-hamilton-but-aaron-burr-was-a-real-progressive-hero/ Nancy Isenberg]], [[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/theater/hamilton-and-history-are-they-in-sync.html Sean Willentz]] among others. Most notably, the show cultivates sympathy for its protagonist, UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton, [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html by arguing that he was an abolitionist based on highly selective interpretation of loose facts]], and prominently ignoring parts of history that belie that claim.
--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro''': This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time.
19th Jan '17 4:23:10 AM erforce
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** The games are based on many popular American crime movies and tropes but often the distorted the popular-culture vision rather than the UnbuiltTrope of the original. Brian de Palma's Film/{{Scarface}} starring Creator/AlPacino is an anti-drug story and a tragedy, the SpiritualAdaptation VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity is a sociopath's gleeful and successful RoaringRampageOfRevenge with none of the qualms and drawbacks of dealing drugs addressed once in the game.

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** The games are based on many popular American crime movies and tropes but often the distorted the popular-culture vision rather than the UnbuiltTrope of the original. Brian de Palma's Film/{{Scarface}} ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' starring Creator/AlPacino is an anti-drug story and a tragedy, the SpiritualAdaptation VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity is a sociopath's gleeful and successful RoaringRampageOfRevenge with none of the qualms and drawbacks of dealing drugs addressed once in the game.
17th Jan '17 11:38:42 PM CaptEquinox
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* Creator/BuffaloBill's ''WildWest'' shows were highly succesful at the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th. They claimed to be historically accurate representations of the era and spared no costs to give the audience what they wanted with Native Americans, cowboys, stagecoaches, dramatized gun fights and horse riding. In reality all of it was a romanticized version that nevertheless caught on in the general consciousness, especially in Europe where the ''cowboys and Indians era'' has always remained popular.

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* Creator/BuffaloBill's ''WildWest'' shows were highly succesful at the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th. They claimed to be historically accurate representations of the era and spared no costs to give the audience what they wanted with Native Americans, cowboys, stagecoaches, dramatized gun fights and horse riding. In reality all of it was a romanticized version that nevertheless caught on in the general consciousness, especially in Europe where the ''cowboys and Indians era'' has always remained popular. (He did have actual Native American actors and dancers.[[note]]among them Sitting Bull and a very young Nick Black Elk, who tells the story of his experiences including a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming meeting with QueenVicky in ''Black Elk Speaks'' by John Neihardt.[[/note]])



* In American film and literature, many Native Americans suffer from this trope. Pick any nation you like, and if you bother to do the research, you will find a complex society with all the trimmings: a working economy, clearly defined values and morals, a deep religion, a highly developed language, and a well-developed justice system. Yet some authors portray Native Americans as backward, childlike people who all talk like Tonto, and others portray them all as a nature-bonded MagicalNativeAmerican stereotype who are mercilessly slaughtered by the brutish white man. It's difficult at times to ascertain which is more offensive.

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* In American film and literature, many Native Americans suffer from this trope. Pick any nation you like, and if you bother to do the research, you will find a complex society with all the trimmings: a working economy, clearly defined values and morals, a deep religion, a highly developed language, and a well-developed justice system. Yet some authors portray Native Americans as backward, childlike people who all [[YouNoTakeCandle talk like Tonto, Tonto]][[note]]forgetting that Tonto was often portrayed as being smarter than TheLoneRanger[[/note]], and others portray them all as a nature-bonded Noble Savage MagicalNativeAmerican stereotype stereotypes in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins who are mercilessly slaughtered by the brutish white man. It's difficult at times to ascertain which is more offensive.



** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek. (And, if you really want to be pedantic, Christmas originated as a pagan holiday that was HijackedByJesus because most of the non-Christian world had some sort of winter festival and the Christians figured they may as well join the party.)

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** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek. (Perhaps medieval monks started this -- they had to write "Christ" so much in their copying work that they started writing X as shorthand.) This is also why Catholic churches have a big XP on things -- it's "CHR", the first letters in "Christ". (And, if you really want to be pedantic, Christmas originated as a pagan holiday that was HijackedByJesus because most of the non-Christian world had some sort of winter festival and the Christians figured they may as well join the party.)) The expression "Xian" for Christian was originally not a pejorative, but came from online religion discussion groups where like those medieval monks you had to type "Christian" so much that Xian became the shorthand.



** March: Either people flying kites in the wind or a leprechaun with a pot o' gold (for Saint Patrick's Day).
** April: "April Showers," raincoats and boots and umbrellas.

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** March: Either people flying kites in the wind or a leprechaun with a pot o' gold (for Saint Patrick's Day).
Day). Easter themes may show up if Easter is celebrated this month.
** April: "April Showers," raincoats and boots and umbrellas.umbrellas, or Easter stuff if it comes this month.
** May: "May Flowers", a lush garden scene,



** September: Anything having to do with kids going back to school (pencils, apples, rulers, blackboards, etc.).

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** September: Anything having to do with kids going back to school (pencils, apples, rulers, blackboards, etc.). Or falling autumn leaves.



** December: Christmas, trees, ornaments and Santa Claus.

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** December: Christmas, trees, ornaments ornaments, poinsettias and Santa Claus. Maybe some sparkly blue decor and Stars of David for Chanukah if you're lucky.
11th Jan '17 5:54:13 PM JulianLapostat
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* Of course TheWildWest as codified in TheWestern is itself a theme park distortion to begin with. Creator/SamuelFuller lamented as such:
-->''"I love the West. I read a lot about the West, and I'm shocked, I'm ashamed that in pictures they have not made the true story of the winning of the West--comprising 90 percent foreigners, 100 percent laborers, nothing to do with guns. Streets, mountains, roads, bridges, streams, forests--that's the winning of the West to me. Hard! Tremendous, tremendous fight. But [instead] we have, as you know, cowboys and Indians and all that."''
** Film history's idea of TheWestern genre divides classical westerns from revisionist westerns and spaghetti westerns where the latter is seen as truer because RealIsBrown and its DarkerAndEdgier. This idea is itself a theme park reduction since many classical westerns such as those made by Creator/JohnFord and Creator/DelmerDaves are complex, political works that deal with institutions, violence, racism and ethnic conflicts while revisionist westerns by Leone, Peckinpah and later films rarely deal with politics and Native American displacement. It was Ford who cast actual Navajo as extras and paid them on union scale in a time of discrimination while the revisionist Westerns focused as they were on being GenreKiller Last Western, ended up drying up the parts for Native Americans on the American screen.
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