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9th Oct '17 8:58:00 PM Sapphiremind
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* {{Bryan Fuller}}'s ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' centers of the Tyler family, which while not explicitly stated to be WASP, demonstrates the culture and interaction style that is associated with them, especially in the pilot.



%%* ''Bryan Fuller'''s ''series/Wonderfalls'' centers of the Tyler family, which while not explicitly stated to be WASP, demonstrates the culture and interaction style that is associated with them, especially in the pilot.
9th Oct '17 8:43:32 PM Sapphiremind
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%%* ''Bryan Fuller'''s ''series/Wonderfalls'' centers of the Tyler family, which while not explicitly stated to be WASP, demonstrates the culture and interaction style that is associated with them, especially in the pilot.
25th Sep '17 9:15:47 PM JulianLapostat
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Strictly speaking, it is hard to generalize about [=WASPs=]. Since a majority, albeit a slim majority, of Americans are both white and Protestant, [=WASP=] covers a lot of demographic ground. They can be either liberal or conservative politically ([[BourgeoisBohemian socially conservative but culturally liberal]] being a frequent combination), and fill any socioeconomic niche. This trope is primarily for figures who meet the most stereotypical WASP criteria: affluent, generic, bland personalities, usually with a little bit of [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness inherited from their British ancestors]] and a preoccupation with keeping up appearances. These days, much of the WASP characteristics can be found ironically enough, in the non-WASP Irish-American community, especially in Boston. Thanks to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_succession_theory ethnic succession]] with Irish Catholics being the first immigrant waves, they have integrated and assimilated strongly into the WASP hegemony, with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's election being a symbol for the acceptance of the Irish Catholic community into the mainstream, and Kennedy being, alongside UsefulNotes/BarackObama, the ''only'' non-WASP President of the United States. Sometimes UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren is also included as a non-WASP president, as he was of Dutch descent and not British ("Anglo-Saxon"). It also helps that he was the only US President to speak English as a second language (Dutch was his first).

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Strictly speaking, it is hard to generalize about [=WASPs=]. Since a majority, albeit a slim majority, of Americans are both white and Protestant, [=WASP=] covers a lot of demographic ground. They can be either liberal or conservative politically ([[BourgeoisBohemian socially conservative but culturally liberal]] being a frequent combination), and fill any socioeconomic niche. This trope is primarily for figures who meet the most stereotypical WASP criteria: affluent, generic, bland personalities, usually with a little bit of [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness inherited from their British ancestors]] and a preoccupation with keeping up appearances. These days, much of the WASP characteristics can be found ironically enough, in the non-WASP Irish-American community, especially in Boston. Thanks to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_succession_theory ethnic succession]] with Irish Catholics being the first immigrant waves, they have integrated and assimilated strongly into the WASP hegemony, with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's election being a symbol for the acceptance of the Irish Catholic community into the mainstream, and Kennedy being, alongside UsefulNotes/BarackObama, the ''only'' non-WASP President of the United States. Sometimes [[note]]Sometimes UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren is also included as a non-WASP president, as he was of Dutch descent and not British ("Anglo-Saxon"). It also helps that he was the only US President to speak English as a second language (Dutch was his first).
first). Others however still feel he qualifies as WASP since he's non-immigrant, and comes from a country and culture that is Protestant and allied to England, so while he may not be Anglo-Saxon, he's still White/Protestant and non-immigrant[[/note]]
24th Sep '17 2:35:23 PM Americanada
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Strictly speaking, it is hard to generalize about [=WASPs=]. Since a majority, albeit a slim majority, of Americans are both white and Protestant, [=WASP=] covers a lot of demographic ground. They can be either liberal or conservative politically ([[BourgeoisBohemian socially conservative but culturally liberal]] being a frequent combination), and fill any socioeconomic niche. This trope is primarily for figures who meet the most stereotypical WASP criteria: affluent, generic, bland personalities, usually with a little bit of [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness inherited from their British ancestors]] and a preoccupation with keeping up appearances. These days, much of the WASP characteristics can be found ironically enough, in the non-WASP Irish-American community, especially in Boston. Thanks to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_succession_theory ethnic succession]] with Irish Catholics being the first immigrant waves, they have integrated and assimilated strongly into the WASP hegemony, with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's election being a symbol for the acceptance of the Irish Catholic community into the mainstream, and Kennedy being, alongside UsefulNotes/BarackObama, the ''only'' non-WASP President of the United States.

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Strictly speaking, it is hard to generalize about [=WASPs=]. Since a majority, albeit a slim majority, of Americans are both white and Protestant, [=WASP=] covers a lot of demographic ground. They can be either liberal or conservative politically ([[BourgeoisBohemian socially conservative but culturally liberal]] being a frequent combination), and fill any socioeconomic niche. This trope is primarily for figures who meet the most stereotypical WASP criteria: affluent, generic, bland personalities, usually with a little bit of [[BritishStuffiness stuffiness inherited from their British ancestors]] and a preoccupation with keeping up appearances. These days, much of the WASP characteristics can be found ironically enough, in the non-WASP Irish-American community, especially in Boston. Thanks to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_succession_theory ethnic succession]] with Irish Catholics being the first immigrant waves, they have integrated and assimilated strongly into the WASP hegemony, with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's election being a symbol for the acceptance of the Irish Catholic community into the mainstream, and Kennedy being, alongside UsefulNotes/BarackObama, the ''only'' non-WASP President of the United States. \n Sometimes UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren is also included as a non-WASP president, as he was of Dutch descent and not British ("Anglo-Saxon"). It also helps that he was the only US President to speak English as a second language (Dutch was his first).
24th Sep '17 3:08:02 AM lillolillo
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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is an alien from Planet Krypton but he grew up in a small-town farm in Kansas, and became the embodiment of the American Protestant values for TheForties and TheFifties.
9th Sep '17 2:15:53 PM nombretomado
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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 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 TheAllAmericanBoy or the GirlNextDoor.) May be found in EverytownAmerica and {{Suburbia}} (especially the StepfordSuburbia variety). See also AmericanAccents UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents for more variations and stereotypes associated with them.
22nd Aug '17 2:35:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode had this effect on [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood 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 [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood [[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.
22nd Aug '17 2:34:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** In "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star", Marge has a brief ImagineSpot of Protestant Heaven being full of these types. In contrast, Catholic Heaven is a lot more ethnic (and lively).
28th Jul '17 10:17:34 AM SkylaNoivern
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* The preps in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. Preppy dress sense, exclusionary attitude, swanky off-campus living, and of course the game is set in a private boarding school.

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* The preps in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. Preppy dress sense, faux-Transatlantic accents, exclusionary attitude, swanky off-campus living, and of course the game is set in a private boarding school.
12th Jul '17 5:38:26 PM JulianLapostat
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** Creator/ChrisClaremont's run with Creator/JohnByrne brought in a much more diverse bunch of X-Men, largely by bringing in individuals from multiple nationalities, such as the German Nightcrawler, the African Ororo Monroe, the openly Jewish Kitty Pryde[=/=]Shadowcat (while also making the famous villain, Magneto, Jewish). And of course, the most famous of all X-Men, the Canadian Wolverine. Incidentally, Wolverine's later origins revealed him to be an immortal whose family came from Canada's patrician colonial gentry, complete with the Preppy name of James Howlett. So Wolverine is technically Canadian-WASP.

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** Creator/ChrisClaremont's run with Creator/JohnByrne brought in a much more diverse bunch of X-Men, largely by bringing in individuals from multiple nationalities, such as the German Nightcrawler, the African Ororo Monroe, the openly Jewish Kitty Pryde[=/=]Shadowcat (while also making the famous villain, Magneto, Jewish).Jewish), the Cajun ComicBook/{{Gambit}} and the Southern Belle Rogue, the Russian Colossus[[note]]Leading a few snarky observers to note that the Mutant Metaphor of [[StartXToStopX combating discrimination and stereotypes is hampered by themselves being a bunch]] of ethnic foreign stereotypes[[/note]]. And of course, the most famous of all X-Men, the Canadian Wolverine. Incidentally, Wolverine's later origins revealed him to be an immortal whose family came from Canada's patrician colonial gentry, complete with the Preppy name of James Howlett. So Wolverine is technically Canadian-WASP. Canadian-WASP but he comes across as an anti-establishment bad boy.
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