History Main / WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant

24th Apr '18 4:21:06 PM angie710
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Compare and contrast with ChristianityIsCatholic. See IrishmanAndAJew for a similar ethnic fault line, with Jews (usually) filling the WASP niche. Other associated tropes are UpperClassTwit, RichInDollarsPoorInSense, JerkJock, SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl, StepfordSmiler, and ValleyGirl. (More positively, they may be associated with TheAllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.

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Compare and contrast with ChristianityIsCatholic. See IrishmanAndAJew for a similar ethnic fault line, with Jews (usually) filling the WASP niche. Other associated tropes are UpperClassTwit, RichInDollarsPoorInSense, JerkJock, SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl, StepfordSmiler, GranolaGirl, BourgeoisBohemian, and ValleyGirl. (More positively, they may be associated with TheAllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.
19th Mar '18 4:59:34 AM jormis29
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* Charles Emerson Winchester III from ''{{Series/Mash}}'', played by David Ogden Stiers with a full-on BostonBrahmin accent. Winchester has occasionally shown distaste for Catholic ethnicities, in one episode being heartbroken at the news of his sister getting engaged to an Italian, remarking to the (Irish) Catholic Father Mulcahy, "at least she's not marrying an Irishman".

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* Charles Emerson Winchester III from ''{{Series/Mash}}'', played by David Ogden Stiers Creator/DavidOgdenStiers with a full-on BostonBrahmin accent. Winchester has occasionally shown distaste for Catholic ethnicities, in one episode being heartbroken at the news of his sister getting engaged to an Italian, remarking to the (Irish) Catholic Father Mulcahy, "at least she's not marrying an Irishman".
3rd Mar '18 8:34:13 PM nombretomado
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%%* TheSpider, Richard Wentworth.

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%%* TheSpider, Literature/TheSpider, Richard Wentworth.
27th Feb '18 9:24:25 AM Daefaroth
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* Creator/MarvelComics managed to avert this by bringing in more diversity and greater social realism in their comics (such as Irish-American heroes: Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}). But they have also played it straight, with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] being originally {{WASP}} as well as [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards, Susan and Johnny Storm (Ben Grimm]] being the exception for being Jewish).

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* Creator/MarvelComics managed to avert this by bringing in more diversity and greater social realism in their comics (such as Irish-American heroes: Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}). But they have also played it straight, with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] being originally {{WASP}} [=WASP=] as well as [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards, Susan and Johnny Storm (Ben Grimm]] being the exception for being Jewish).
11th Feb '18 11:17:44 PM i4wpuw6sh8
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11th Feb '18 11:14:31 PM i4wpuw6sh8
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UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode had this effect on [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood classic Hollywood cinema]]. Although written by two Irish Catholics, the Code was enforced mostly by Midwestern Protestants, and the films under its jurisdiction cut according to their biases which in turn reflected the biases of America's conservative ideology of that time. American characters in movies from the 1930s and '40s do tend to [[MonochromeCasting all look and talk the same]], with only minor regional differences. Non-Nordic Americans don't tend to show up - and when they do, [[RaceLift they are "conventionalized" as much as possible]]. Not until the 1950s would the existence of "ethnic" whites be openly acknowledged. Many of the classic Hollywood actors weren't WASP themselves but became WASP to fit in with the values of the time. Hispanic-American Creator/RitaHayworth is a famous example, as are a number of Jewish-origin actors who changed their names to better fit in (Creator/LaurenBacall for instance). This ended in the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era with ''Film/TheGodfather'' with its Italian-American setting and cast, marking the start of greater on-screen diversity and largely ending the age when actors needed to alter their ethnic make-up or personal names to pass as WASP.

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UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode had this effect on [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood classic Hollywood cinema]]. Although written by two Irish Catholics, the Code was enforced mostly by Midwestern Protestants, and the films under its jurisdiction cut according to their biases which in turn reflected the biases of America's conservative ideology of that time. American characters in movies from the 1930s and '40s do tend to [[MonochromeCasting all look and talk the same]], with only minor regional differences. Non-Nordic Americans don't tend to show up - and when they do, [[RaceLift they are "conventionalized" as much as possible]]. Not until the 1950s would the existence of "ethnic" whites be openly acknowledged. Many of the classic Hollywood actors weren't WASP themselves but became WASP to fit in with the values of the time. Hispanic-American Creator/RitaHayworth is a famous example, as are a number of Jewish-origin actors who changed their names to better fit in (Creator/LaurenBacall for instance). This ended in the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era with ''Film/TheGodfather'' with its Italian-American setting and cast, marking the start of greater on-screen diversity and largely ending the age when actors needed to alter their ethnic make-up or personal names to pass as WASP. In fact, nowadays the opposite will often be the case, at least in fiction: SuddenlyEthnicity is used to [[ForeignCultureFetish "spice up"]] an otherwise "ordinary" protagonist, especially if this person does not otherwise conform to WASP stereotypes.
29th Jan '18 8:46:48 PM nombretomado
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%%* Damien Sandow had this as his gimmick before his alliance with TheMiz.

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%%* Damien Sandow had this as his gimmick before his alliance with TheMiz.Wrestling/TheMiz.
22nd Jan '18 10:13:17 PM manofwarb
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* In VideoGame/Fallout4 we meet the Cabot family, still living comfortably in their pristine mansion 200 years after a nuclear apocalypse. There are also the Croup family who have all been turned into feral post necrotic humans. The Codmans living in the upper stands of Diamond City also count - with the snooty attitude to match.
22nd Dec '17 8:17:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is interesting in that it transitioned from being Marvel's most WASP-y title to its least WASP-y title.

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' is interesting in that it transitioned from being Marvel's most WASP-y title to its least WASP-y title.
31st Oct '17 10:40:15 AM nightkiller
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The White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or WASP, is a largely American trope that today is used to describe the stereotypical "white" person in American culture (and mostly upper-middle class, as the term is usually not applied to working-class poor whites associated with DeepSouth stereotypes.... even though they ''technically'' fit the definition). It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches Congregationalist or Anglican/Episcopalian doctrinally]], but eventually came to be applied as well to inland Southerners, Midwesterners, and Westerners of Anglo-Saxon (English) descent as well, regardless of income level or sect. It also came to be roughly synonymous with "Protestant", so that even Protestant Irish, Dutch and Germans were eventually called [=WASPs=]. "White Protestants" wasn't as snappy a term as WASP, so usage of the term has hung around. The stereotype might be extended to upscale (or not) Catholics or Jews who either intermarry with Protestants or internalize Protestantism as the standard for "normal" Americans.

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The White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or WASP, is a largely American trope that today is used to describe the stereotypical "white" person in American culture (and mostly upper-middle class, as the term is usually not applied to working-class poor whites associated with DeepSouth stereotypes.... even though they ''technically'' fit the definition). It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches Congregationalist or Anglican/Episcopalian doctrinally]], but eventually came to be applied as well to inland Southerners, Midwesterners, and Westerners of Anglo-Saxon (English) descent as well, regardless of income level or sect. It also came to be roughly synonymous with "Protestant", so that even Protestant Irish, Scandanavian, Dutch and Germans were eventually called [=WASPs=]. "White Protestants" wasn't as snappy a term as WASP, so usage of the term has hung around. The stereotype might be extended to upscale (or not) Catholics or Jews who either intermarry with Protestants or internalize Protestantism as the standard for "normal" Americans.
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