History Main / WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant

24th Oct '16 6:01:57 PM nombretomado
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* William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting in ''GangsOfNewYork'', based on the real life William Poole, leader in the anti-immigrant pro-WASP "Know Nothing" movement. [[WickedCultured His "dignified" WASP exterior is naturally only skin-deep]], making him a PsychoSupporter of more traditional [=WASPs=].

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* William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting in ''GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', based on the real life William Poole, leader in the anti-immigrant pro-WASP "Know Nothing" movement. [[WickedCultured His "dignified" WASP exterior is naturally only skin-deep]], making him a PsychoSupporter of more traditional [=WASPs=].
18th Sep '16 6:36:16 PM gemmabeta2
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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. It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches Congregationalist or Anglican 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. It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches Congregationalist or Anglican 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.
12th Aug '16 9:37:13 PM nombretomado
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%%* Omega House in ''AnimalHouse''. Delta House too, although they do have their share of ethnics (Polish-American John Blutarski being the most obvious).
* Pretty much everyone on the "snobs" side of ''{{Caddyshack}}''. And in their natural element (the golf course) to boot!

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%%* Omega House in ''AnimalHouse''.''Film/AnimalHouse''. Delta House too, although they do have their share of ethnics (Polish-American John Blutarski being the most obvious).
* Pretty much everyone on the "snobs" side of ''{{Caddyshack}}''.''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''. And in their natural element (the golf course) to boot!
26th Jun '16 2:12:02 PM MsChibi
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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 the AllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also 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, and ValleyGirl. (More positively, they may be associated with the AllAmericanBoy TheAllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.
26th Jun '16 2:11:30 PM MsChibi
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This can easily be conflated with the [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston Brahmin]], First Families, Secret Masters of the World stereotype. They (the two stereotypes) share a core characterization, but WASP is a straight-up acronym of a demographic label, a thing you might find in a sociology text, not having any of the Old Money, Secret Masters baggage.

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This can easily be conflated with the [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston Brahmin]], First Families, Secret Masters of the World stereotype. They (the two stereotypes) share a core characterization, but WASP is a straight-up acronym of a demographic label, a thing you might find in a sociology text, not having any of the Old Money, OldMoney, Secret Masters baggage.



The HaysCode had this effect on [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood classic Hollywood cinema]], perhaps unintentionally. 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. American characters in movies from the 1930s and '40s do tend to all look and talk the same, with only minor regional differences. Non-Nordic Americans don't tend to show up - and when they do, they are "conventionalized" as much as possible. Not until the 1950s would the existence of "ethnic" whites be openly acknowledged.

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The HaysCode had this effect on [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood classic Hollywood cinema]], perhaps unintentionally. 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. American characters in movies from the 1930s and '40s do tend to [[MonochromeCasting all look and talk the same, 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.possible]]. Not until the 1950s would the existence of "ethnic" whites be openly acknowledged.
26th Jun '16 2:09:42 PM MsChibi
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** Also, Mr. Bottomtooth, complete with Tidewater/"Posh" accent (though it's distorted by his comically-exaggerated lower jaw).
26th Jun '16 2:06:41 PM MsChibi
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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 the AllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownUSA and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also 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, and ValleyGirl. (More positively, they may be associated with the AllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownUSA EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.
26th Jun '16 2:06:27 PM MsChibi
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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. It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either Congregationalist or Anglican 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. It originally referred to New Englanders, New Yorkers, and Tidewater Southerners from wealthy backgrounds, generally either [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches Congregationalist or Anglican doctrinally, 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.



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, and ValleyGirl.

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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.
ValleyGirl. (More positively, they may be associated with the AllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownUSA and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.
16th Jun '16 8:55:58 AM bwburke94
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* Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is implied to have grown up this way; his family owned homes in Martha's Vineyard and in Connecticut and his father worked for the government. His parents don't terribly fit the stereotype "WASP" usually seen, but then we don't see much of them at all in terms of personality, so who knows? His portrayer, David Duchovny, is actually from a mixed Jewish and Scottish background. [[NWordPrivileges ("It's very hard for me to buy anything.")]]

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* Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is implied to have grown up this way; his family owned homes in Martha's Vineyard and in Connecticut and his father worked for the government. His parents don't terribly fit the stereotype "WASP" usually seen, but then we don't see much of them at all in terms of personality, so who knows? His portrayer, David Duchovny, is actually from a mixed Jewish and Scottish background. [[NWordPrivileges ("It's very hard for me to buy anything.")]]



%%* BuffyTheVampireSlayer comes from this stock, although ironically she's been portrayed by a Swedish-American (Kristy Swanson) and an Ashkenazi Jew (SarahMichelleGellar).

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%%* BuffyTheVampireSlayer The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comes from this stock, although ironically she's been portrayed by a Swedish-American (Kristy Swanson) and an Ashkenazi Jew (SarahMichelleGellar).(Creator/SarahMichelleGellar).
1st Jun '16 8:07:42 AM JamesAustin
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%%* Hunter Hearst Helmsley, AKA TripleH - who in RealLife is a French-Canadian from New Hampshire.
%%* [[JerkJock The Spirit Squad]] - and, by extension, probably former "Nicky" DolphZiggler too, even though his name suggests some vague Germanic background.
%%* RandyOrton showed touches of this before his transformation into "The Viper."
%%* DamienSandow had this as his gimmick before his alliance with TheMiz.

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%%* Hunter Hearst Helmsley, AKA TripleH Triple H - who in RealLife is a French-Canadian from New Hampshire.
%%* [[JerkJock The Spirit Squad]] Squad - and, by extension, probably former "Nicky" DolphZiggler Dolph Ziggler too, even though his name suggests some vague Germanic background.
%%* RandyOrton Randy Orton showed touches of this before his transformation into "The Viper."
%%* DamienSandow Damien Sandow had this as his gimmick before his alliance with TheMiz.
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