Created By: TheMuse on November 25, 2011 Last Edited By: TheMuse on November 27, 2011
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Well Meant Discrimination

A character tries to be accepting to character who is a minority, but ends up offending them

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A character becomes aquatinted with a person who is a minority (different race, gender, sexual preference, disabled, etc.) The character wants to be accepting but they end up using Positive Discrimination or Political Correctness Gone Mad. The other character ends up noticing and gets offended because they just want to be treated like everyone else. A popular variation involves a disabled character being irritated about being treated like they are helpless when they aren't.

Television
  • Played with in Community, where after being forced to re-hug over and over again and say "To meet Different People!", the african american breaks down and shouts, "STOP SAYING I'M DIFFERENT!"
    • Brian often utilizes a particularly painful attempt of this in Family Guy, trying to hide his awkwardness to an African Americans by constantly praising Martin Luther King and using patronising slang ("Why do you have to put a brother down like that?"). Surprisingly inverted in one case where he actually impresses a black woman he is trying to hook up with by suggesting to change the name of James Woods High School to Martin Luther King.
Western Animation
  • South Park: the school nurse, who has a conjoined twin attached to her face, just wants to be treated normally. But everybody makes a big deal about not discriminating against her and there's a parade and everything.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • November 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    South Park: the school nurse, who has a conjoined twin attached to her face, just wants to be treated normally. But everybody makes a big deal about not discriminating against her and there's a parade and everything.
  • November 25, 2011
    Bisected8
    • An episode of Scrubs deals with this; JD and Turk save a news reporter's cameraman who's having a heart attack. The interview (and use of them both on posters for the hospital) concentrates on Turk (who then complains about this trope leading into a montage of him being treated this way). The episode ends by pointing out Turk doesn't mind the praise, he just hates being singled out for it.
  • November 25, 2011
    Pyroninja42
    • Played with in Community, where after being forced to re-hug over and over again and say "To meet Different People!", the african american breaks down and shouts, "STOP SAYING I'M DIFFERENT!"
  • November 25, 2011
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    Doesn't Innocent Bigot already cover this?
  • November 25, 2011
    Psi001
    • Brian often utilizes a particularly painful attempt of this in Family Guy, trying to hide his awkwardness to an African Americans by constantly praising Martin Luther King and using patronising slang ("Why do you have to put a brother down like that?"). Surprisingly inverted in one case where he actually impresses a black woman he is trying to hook up with by suggesting to change the name of James Woods High School to Martin Luther King.
  • November 25, 2011
    Fanra
    The interview (and use of them both on posters for the hospital) concentrates on Turk (who then complains about this trope leading into a montage of him being treated this way). The episode ends by pointing out Turk doesn't mind the praise, he just hates being singled out for it.

    It's more than that, it's a combination of reverse discrimination and crass marketing that bothers Turk.

    The marketing is by Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso, who is using Turk to get the "urban" (e.g. Black) market. There is, by the way, nothing "innocent" about Kelso.

  • November 26, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    I'm going to have to second that this is Innocent Bigot until someone convinces me it's different.
  • November 26, 2011
    jate88
    The title made me think of instances where discrimination is acceptible because there is scientific evidence or statistics to back it up. Such as car insurance companies automatically giving male drivers under twenty five years of age a higher rate regardless of their driving record.
  • November 27, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    I'm seeing this as Innocent Bigot too.
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