History Main / UncleTomFoolery

9th Jan '18 2:17:12 AM Cryoclaste
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The trope's name is derived from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_tom Uncle Tom]]," a common slang term for a black person who is excessively subservient to white people. The original Uncle Tom (of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'') was anything but subservient, comic, or cowardly; however, the immensely popular stage adaptation of ''UncleTomsCabin'' replaced the novel's serious social commentary with melodrama and filled it out with comic interludes that were often heavy on ugly stereotypes. This led to some serious MisaimedFandom from racists who went to see black people mocked in what became known as "Tom Shows." Engaging in Uncle Tomfoolery is sometimes referred to as "Cooning."

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The trope's name is derived from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_tom Uncle Tom]]," a common slang term for a black person who is excessively subservient to white people. The original Uncle Tom (of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'') was anything but subservient, comic, or cowardly; however, the immensely popular stage adaptation of ''UncleTomsCabin'' ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' replaced the novel's serious social commentary with melodrama and filled it out with comic interludes that were often heavy on ugly stereotypes. This led to some serious MisaimedFandom from racists who went to see black people mocked in what became known as "Tom Shows." Engaging in Uncle Tomfoolery is sometimes referred to as "Cooning."
8th Dec '17 9:50:23 AM nombretomado
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The trope saw continued use into the 1990s but with the Uncle Tomfoolery character being a duo with the White character, but growing racial awareness and an increasing interest in [[ActionHero Action Heroes who just happen to be black]], such as DenzelWashington and Creator/SamuelLJackson, has caused it to gradually lose popularity. Accusations of Uncle Tomfoolery will continue, in part because there are plenty of black actors who happen to be good at comedy, though the 'hip' elements have decreased.

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The trope saw continued use into the 1990s but with the Uncle Tomfoolery character being a duo with the White character, but growing racial awareness and an increasing interest in [[ActionHero Action Heroes who just happen to be black]], such as DenzelWashington Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/SamuelLJackson, has caused it to gradually lose popularity. Accusations of Uncle Tomfoolery will continue, in part because there are plenty of black actors who happen to be good at comedy, though the 'hip' elements have decreased.
25th Nov '17 3:15:18 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''Film/ScaryMovie'' Has a couple of characters who displays this trope through out their film series. The most notable character who displays this trope is Shorty another Uncle Tomfoolery character played by Marlon Wayans and Mahalik and CJ lives up to this trope but not to the extant as Shorty who displays a lot of negative stereotypes.

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* ''Film/ScaryMovie'' Has a couple of characters who displays display this trope through out throughout their film series. The most notable character who displays this trope is Shorty Shorty, another Uncle Tomfoolery character played by Marlon Wayans and Mahalik and CJ lives up to this trope but not to the extant as Shorty who displays a lot of negative stereotypes.
25th Nov '17 2:01:27 PM Lirodon
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* Because of his black skin, big wide lips, comic-relief personality, and his status as a servant, many people have accused Mr.Popo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' of being one of these. The English manga releases changed the artwork to make his lips more subtle and smaller, while an airing of ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'' on Creator/TheCW's Toonzai block re-colored his skin to be blue instead (of course, this was a block run by ''Creator/{{4Kids}})'', so that wasn't the [[EditedForSyndication only thing]] they changed).

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* Because of his black skin, big wide lips, comic-relief personality, and his status as a servant, many people have accused Mr.Popo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' of being one of these. The English manga releases changed the artwork to make his lips more subtle and smaller, while an airing of ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'' on Creator/TheCW's Toonzai block re-colored his skin to be blue instead (of course, this was a block run by ''Creator/{{4Kids}})'', '''[[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]''', so that wasn't the [[EditedForSyndication only thing]] they changed).
25th Nov '17 2:00:57 PM Lirodon
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* Because of his black skin, big wide lips, comic-relief personality, and his status as a servant, many people have accused Mr.Popo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' of being one of these. This is why, in more recent dubs of the series, his skin is colored blue instead of black and his lips are made smaller.

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* Because of his black skin, big wide lips, comic-relief personality, and his status as a servant, many people have accused Mr.Popo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' of being one of these. This is why, in The English manga releases changed the artwork to make his lips more recent dubs subtle and smaller, while an airing of the series, ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'' on Creator/TheCW's Toonzai block re-colored his skin is colored to be blue instead of black and his lips are made smaller.
(of course, this was a block run by ''Creator/{{4Kids}})'', so that wasn't the [[EditedForSyndication only thing]] they changed).
5th Nov '17 1:55:54 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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--> "Just like fuckin' Saigon, hey, Slick?"
--> (Nodding, smiling) "I was in junior high, dickhead."

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--> ---> "Just like fuckin' Saigon, hey, Slick?"
--> ---> (Nodding, smiling) "I was in junior high, dickhead."
5th Nov '17 10:23:59 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]].

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1st Nov '17 10:19:46 PM Jupree
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* Will on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' .

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* Will on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' . Although he often is very serious, especially in the episode with his father.
1st Nov '17 10:18:35 PM Jupree
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* Creator/WillSmith as Agent J to a small extant , but he played this role only in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' after the first film Agent J takes his job more seriously and turns into a [[SoulBrotha]].

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* Creator/WillSmith as Agent J to a small extant , but he played this role only in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' after the first film Agent J takes his job more seriously and turns into a [[SoulBrotha]].seriously
1st Nov '17 10:16:50 PM Jupree
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*** Hilarious, but he didn't seem to be a Tomfoolery in this case. He said it with authority.
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