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->"''Someone wrote this... in 1999... and didn't realize that there would be... '''implications'''... Or worse, they '''did''' understand''."
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/YRulerOfTime Y: Ruler of Time]]''' on ''Alive'', when the supervirus they're dealing with came from Africa after a man ate a monkey and they call the virus '''Black'''.

The media to which Wiki/TVTropes is devoted ''generally'' exhibit greater sensitivity now than in the past, but sometimes something appears that... ''raises eyebrows''. Even when authors are being careful with story elements, it is impossible for one or a couple of creators to really consider ''every'' perspective of the audience and just how certain tropes can be construed as [[BerserkButton troublesome.]] Especially when you consider just how diverse human beings are and that audiences that were ignored in the past now demand representation and respect. When an older work's content offends later audiences in a way that the author did not expect or intend, you get this.

This is a '''''highly''''' subjective AudienceReaction, and since in the past the page became bogged down in arguments about some tropers believing that concerns about such matters simply relate to [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad political correctness]] rather than anything substantive, and other tropers -- seeing the entire "political correctness" argument as a plausibly deniable defense of racism and other types of outdated thinking -- vehemently oppose it, '''no example may be added in this article or on a work article, without proof that it's not just one person thinking'''. Citations are done as follows:
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Keep in mind that Unfortunate Implications are ''unintentional''. An ''intended'' offensive message (for example, a piece of Nazi propaganda about Jews) does not belong here, nor does Administrivia/{{natter}} about the author's true intentions. Also, for something that may not be offensive to you personally but may offend others in a different culture or time period (or vice versa), see ValuesDissonance. Having a lot of these (or very serious ones) can sometimes make a trope a DiscreditedTrope or a PetPeeveTrope.

If you came here looking for unfortunate implications of the NightmareFuel variety, rather than the hopefully accidental offenses with which ''this'' trope concerns itself, see FridgeHorror. If something with this kind of content offends ''everyone'', regardless of audience or time or place, then it's an AudienceAlienatingPremise.

To avoid these pitfalls, please see [[SoYouWantTo/AvoidUnfortunateImplications So You Want To Avoid Unfortunate Implications]].

'''Subjects susceptible to Unfortunate Implications include:'''
* Hot-button controversial topics such as war, abortion, and politics.
* Subject matter related to [[RaceTropes race]], ethnicity, and class.
* Anything related to the RapeAndSexualHarassmentTropes.
* Stereotypes of any kind.
* Religious subject matter.
* {{Double Standard}}s and sexism.
* Sexual orientation and trans-related material, especially due to the ValuesDissonance many people have regarding homosexuality and trans people.
* Parallels between fantasy/science fiction works and the real world, especially with {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s and SpaceJews.
* Subject matter related to disabilities and handicapped people.
* [[AcceptableLifestyleTargets Lifestyle choices]] such as being childless, single, or married.
* Anything cultural, especially when handled clumsily.
* Any words that are supposed to mean one thing, [[HehHehYouSaidX but may or may not be misconstrued as another]].
* A lot of {{Glurge}} tends to fall into this category, too.

!Index
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* AllGaysArePedophiles [[http://www.ralliance.org/PedoMyth.html]]
* AngryBlackMan / ScaryBlackMan [[http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/brute/]] - this trope has led to dark-skinned men being ''killed'' in RealLife, apropos of nothing else.
* CureYourGays [[http://www.scoop.it/t/aging-in-21st-century/p/2394376440/nursing-homes-tell-glbt-elders-get-back-into-the-closet]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale [[http://josephspace.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/an-interesting-and-disturbing-phenomenon/]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale [[http://goodmenproject.com/comment-of-the-day/its-a-disgusting-double-standard-that-men-are-not-yet-given-that-same-respect/]]
* MadonnaWhoreComplex [[http://psychistofwomen.umwblogs.org/sexuality/]]
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome]]
* MonochromeCasting [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13259018840A38188900&page=0]]
* SassyBlackWoman [[http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/sapphire/]]
* WhiteMansBurden [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Man%27s_Burden]]
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/05/08/large-clothes-on-small-women-a-plus-size-marketing-mystery/ It's been noted]] [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/08/27/catalogs-clothes-and-representation-plus-size-at-fredericks/ several times]] that even clothing brands that market to plus-sized people tend to use extremely thin models to show their clothes, which has several effects: First, plus-sized clothing on your typical model looks ''enormous'' since it is not meant for their body type, meaning that the people who want to order it are unsure what it will look like on them, and it further stigmatizes plus-sized people because it implies that no one will want to look at them, not even ''other'' plus-sized people looking for clothing that will fit them. Several companies have caught on and now consciously try to avert this, including [[http://www.kiyonna.com/ Kiyonna]], which honestly makes an effort to have its models be people who would actually wear their clothing in their everyday lives.
** Even plus-size (if you will) models are altered, which [[UncannyValley can seem unnatural]], but it's more noticeable [[http://www.1-plus.com/additionelle.htm here]].
* The PlayStationPortable system doesn't exactly have the most politically correct advertising:
** The infamous PSP Squirrels (seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqHd4UysK9k here]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hOVgsiKAEs here]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2100nNGJc2o here]], parody [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10vdAZPxqU here]] and [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=191 here]]) played to some pretty obvious racial stereotypes and were called out on that fact by many in the industry.
** Their [[http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/06/sony-under-fire-for-racist-advertising/ Netherlands campaign]] for the PSP White, which shows a white woman holding a black woman by the jaw alongside the slogan "PlayStationPortable White is coming".
* A series of Huggies adverts for diapers in a denim jean pattern had a baby strutting around on a sidewalk with the intention of looking "sexy". The tagline [[IncrediblyLamePun "My diaper is full of... CHIC!"]] probably did not help. [[http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/sarahbritten/2009/06/18/the-huggies-ad-that-caused-the-stink/ After it caught a lot]] [[http://thatbs.blogspot.com/2010/06/hot-ads-huggies-jean-diapers.html of flack]] it got banned, despite being edited ''twice''.
* UK mobile phone network "[=Phones4U=]" embarked on an advertising campaign where they show a particular group of people (scout masters, yo-yo specialists) then claim that their phone rates would be wasted on such people because they have no friends (unlike their target demographic, one would assume). [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8102536.stm Said groups weren't amused.]]
* Any commercial that markets food to parents by either having the parents hide the fact that the food is good for kids or in some cases ''flat out lie'' to the kids about what's in it. Because it's ''much'' better to lie to your kids instead of teaching them about good nutrition so they grow up with healthy habits! [[http://whatscookingwithkids.com/2011/05/16/is-there-spinach-in-your-brownies/ This blog post]] outlines the pros and cons of this sort of behavior, and most nutrition experts seem to come down on the side of it being harmful to the kids in the long run, and probably helps explain why so many people gain the "Freshman 15" when they enter college since they've never been taught how to properly feed themselves!
* An ad campaign from ''TheEconomist'' aimed at women used its traditional brand of quirky humor when it said on the front, "Why should women read ''TheEconomist''? They shouldn't." Then, on the inside, it said "[[BaitAndSwitch Accomplished and intelligent]] '''[[BaitAndSwitch people]]''' [[BaitAndSwitch should read it.]]" Even some women who made it to the punchline on the inside [[http://www.good.is/post/why-should-women-read-the-economist/?utm_content=headline&utm_medium=hp_carousel&utm_source=slide_1 got offended]], taking it to mean that a female point of view (the magazine's staff is mostly male) was invalid.
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16958865 Complaints were brought against]] a 2012 campaign in Atlanta, GA that used such slogans as "It's hard to be a little girl if you're not." Childhood obesity ''is'' a genuine problem in the U.S., but so far it seems to be an impossible one to sensitively address.
* Commentators [[http://jezebel.com/5466569/the-critics-on-the-super-bowl-ads-boring-misogynistic picked up on]] misogyny as one of the ''predominant themes'' of the 2010 Super Bowl ad crop.
** [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/02/05/theres-a-reason-why-lucy-yanks-the-football-from-charlie-brown/ 2011]] and [[http://opinionessoftheworld.com/2012/02/07/top-sexist-super-bowl-ads-and-the-notbuyingit-campaign/ 2012]] weren't much better. In fact, there was a Twitter hashtag ([=#NotBuyingIt=]) in anticipation of the rampant misogyny, with the "woman is actually a car" Fiat ad receiving the brunt of it.
* [[http://owni.eu/2010/11/08/top-48-ads-that-would-never-be-allowed-today/ This page of old politically incorrect ads]] is chock-full of Unfortunate Implications, some of which probably were [[ValuesDissonance pretty intentional]], while others perhaps [[ThatCameOutWrong were not]].
* In the UK, Persil ran an ad which showed (among similar images) a dalmatian shaking off its black spots and a white horse breaking away from a group of black horses. There was a small-scale press outcry after viewer complaints that these were racist metaphors, but [[http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/37856/ after a formal investigation by a regulatory body, the complaints weren't upheld.]]
* The Metropolitan Police in London has come under fire for several campaigns encouraging the public to report terrorism, suggesting that the most innocuous of activities could be a possible sign of a terrorist. In particular, [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10929203 one radio ad]] was banned for implying that closing curtains or not speaking to neighbours is suspicious enough activity to merit reporting someone to the police.
* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzqakJL0A6w anti-drinking PSA]] aired in New Zealand showed a woman getting progressively more drunk on a night out and dancing with a stranger who grabs her and drags her into an alleyway. The ad received [[http://bitsontheside.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/alas-alac-leave-lisa-alone/ a number of complaints]] that it implied that being abducted/presumably raped was her own fault, and encouraged victim-blaming.
* Pepsico made, then [[http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0502/Mountain-Dew-ad-pulled-Too-misogynist-and-racist subsequently pulled]], an ad for Mountain Dew that involved a white woman attempting to pick the person who had assaulted her out of a line-up that consisted of a group of young black males and a goat. Even leaving the aside the question of [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain what anything in this scenario had to do with Mountain Dew]], the ad implied that white people cannot tell the difference between a black man and a goat. The fact that it played heavily on racist stereotypes and [[WouldHitAGirl violence against women]] as well, [[DudeNotFunny all]] PlayedForLaughs, didn't help matters.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9HMhSvnbmk A commercial]] for Samsung's Smart TV shows a caveman-like guy watching ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' and acting like an imbecile while his wife upgrades the TV through an "evolutionary kit" box. She then fantasizes about using the box on her husband, transforming into a handsome man who does all the chores for her and sets up a dinner date for her (at which point she is brought back to reality by her real husband [[{{Gasshole}} farting loudly]]). The implications that WomenAreWiser and that men who don't toil away for their significant others are neanderthals [[http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=u9HMhSvnbmk were not lost on commentators]].
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20562_6-spectacularly-failed-attempts-to-be-politically-correct.html 6 Spectacularly Failed Attempts to Be Politically Correct]] gives a bunch of examples of how attempts to avert MonochromeCasting by including black people in promotion campaigns ended up tripping over stereotypes about fried chicken, watermelon, and wanting to be white.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21245_5-creative-marketing-promotions-that-failed-spectacularly_p2.html They also had an article about spectacular marketing failures]]. Among others, they mentioned the case where up-and-coming shoe chain Just For Feet created a {{Superbowl}} ad featuring a "hunter" who turned out to be targeting a Kenyan runner so that he could forcibly give the man a pair of sneakers. It's unclear which part was more offensive; comparing black people to wild animals, or [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil making light of the idea of a white man hunting and capturing someone from Africa]]. Needless to say, Just for Feet ended up going out of business less than a year later.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20122_6-ill-advised-marketing-campaigns-that-backfired-hilariously_p2.html This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article brings up a Levi's ad for plus-sized jeans which ran with the taglines "All asses were not created equal" and "Hotness comes in all shapes and sizes"... and only showed size 2 models in the ads. Repeated attempts to correct this mistake involved Levi hiring ''different'' size 2 models, never once showing a larger woman wearing their jeans, even in the face of public backlash.
* An ill-conceived internet flyer [[http://archive.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/26/ikeaad.jpg]] from {{IKEA}}, the furniture store demonising goths as "creepy" and a "bad influence" didn't go down too well with the subculture. [[http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=158401]] [[http://gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?p=85]] [[http://gothic.net/boards/showthread.php?t=6341]]. Several gothic commentators pointed out that IKEA had managed to offend a group who actually LIKED a lot of their products and were unhappy with IKEA perpetuating negative stereotypes of goths.
* Some of the Meth Project ads, which [[ScareEmStraight pointedly use frightening, extreme imagery]] to make their point, have a noted [[http://intelligentdiscontent.com/2014/02/25/montana-meth-project-stumbles-back-on-the-scene/ tendency to have some of the more problematic ads]] imply that meth addiction ''causes'' middle-class kids to become homeless and straight kids to turn gay, and that linking these things are designed to attach the shame and stigma of being gay or poor to being a meth addict. The reality is that impoverished people and homosexuals ''already are'' the groups with the highest risk of meth addiction, particularly in the northern and midwestern United States.
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* {{Defied|Trope}} by NobuhiroWatsuki in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. The minor character Hannya had a featureless death-mask of a face beneath the mask he wears in battle. Watsuki noted in the liner notes to manga volume 4 that originally he planned Hannya to have been stepped on in the womb like Film/{{the Elephant Man}}. After thinking it through, he realized Unfortunate Implications abounded with the idea ("the shape of one's face determines the shape of one's life", as he put it). To avoid this, Watsuki altered the backstory to Hannya having intentionally mutilated his own face into that death-mask so that he could easily disguise himself as anything.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[http://www.animevice.com/news/naruto-ch-677-678-review/7641/ Chapter 678 has received criticism]] because, [[spoiler:in the Infinite Tsukuyomi dream world]], it seems like most of the women give away their power and/or fawn over a male. Additional criticism was directed at Sakura because she continues to wilt at Sasuke's criticism rather than shouting him down for acting like a sanctimonious ass all the time.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A vast amount of villains in comics or otherwise [[http://www.newsarama.com/8623-psychiatrists-call-out-dc-on-depictions-of-mentally-ill.html suffer from]] mental illness, despite the fact that in reality, mentally ill [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1389236/ are only connected to]] [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/us/focus-on-mental-health-laws-to-curb-violence-is-unfair-some-say.html 4% of violent crimes, and are 11x as likely to be subjected to them]]. That's right, contrary to what media tells you sane people are enormously more dangerous to insane people than the reverse.
* The star of the infamous ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans New Teen Titans]]'' saga, ''ComicBook/TheJudasContract'', Terra is subjected to this trope. She was a super-powered 16 year-old hired by the mercenary Slade Wilson a.k.a. Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} the Terminator to infiltrate, spy on, and destroy the Titans (she was actually 15 when she started doing this). During her time with the Titans, it's revealed she's having a sexual affair with Slade, and the story's creators [[WordOfGod have confirmed]] that the purpose of this was to shock the readers at [[SlutShaming what a slut]] ''[[SlutShaming she]]'' [[SlutShaming is]], never mind that nothing indicates she's ever slept with anybody else, she actually seems to think Slade loves her, and Slade might be committing statutory rape. When the time comes to betray the Titans, they try to reason with her and fail, and she dies while trying to kill them, destroyed by her own powers. The story becomes quite {{Anvilicious}} at how evil she is. She's explicitly called evil, the {{Narrator}} informs us that she's both completely insane and completely responsible for her actions, even Slade later says [[EvenEvilHasStandards her evil scared even him.]] Her death is essentially a teen suicide (in a series that was about, and originally intended for, teens) where everything is being blamed on the teen. And as for Slade, her boss and lover, [[DoubleStandard the man]] who's decades older than her, a multiple murderer, who created the EvilPlan she was following, whose own stated intentions with that plan was to murder all the Titans, he is (comparatively speaking) EasilyForgiven by the Titans afterwards, and is treated by DCComics as an AntiHero for the next several years. He's even treated as a ''father figure'' by several of the Titans he was trying to kill! This storyline exonerated the adult in this murderous partnership while trying to blame everything on the 16 year-old girl. The blogger tamaranorbust has a thorough, multi-part study on Terra, covering her appearances, her background, how she's referred to, the characters she affected, the histories of [[LegacyCharacter her 2 later namesakes]] and the implications of her story [[http://historiesofthingstocome.blogspot.com/search/label/Terra here.]]
* Several articles in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' have covered cases in comic books.
** Common in the early comic books that tried to address social change, as shown in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19105_6-comics-that-covered-serious-issues-failed-hilariously.html 6 Comics that Covered Serious Issues Failed Hilariously]].
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18502_the-5-most-unintentionally-offensive-comic-book-characters_p2.html The 5 Most Unintentionally Offensive Comic Book Characters]] mentions Steve Englehart's {{Retcon}} of TheFalcon's origin. Basically, when StanLee and Gene Colan introduced the Falcon, he was a kindhearted young social worker who became a superhero because it was the right thing to do. Then Englehart came along and decided that Falcon had secretly been a drug-dealing pimp who had been {{Brainwashed}} into becoming a superhero by the RedSkull, so that he could act as the villain's [[TheMole Mole]]. Yikes.
** The same article mentions Tyroc, the first TokenMinority added to the notoriously-[[MonochromeCasting Monochromatic]] ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' in the '70s. The character was an AngryBlackMan and [[MalcolmXerox racial separatist]] from a fictitious island that was home to ''all of the Earth's black people'', which also only existed on the planet intermittently. ''Legion'' artist Mike Grell flat-out described the concept as "a segregationist's dream" and one of the most racist story concepts he'd ever heard of.
* The now-infamous Avengers issue # 200, in which [[MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] suddenly becomes pregnant and gives birth at impossible rate of speed, only to learn that her baby is in fact his own father, having used "subtle boosts" from mind control machines to impregnate her in another dimension, an encounter which she has no memory of. ''And [[Comicbook/TheAvengers the Avengers]] are just peachy with this'', even allowing her to go back to the other dimension with him despite it being clear the mind control is in effect again. MovieBob does a [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5013-Favorite-Ms-Take-Part-1 two-part]] [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5044-Favorite-Ms-Take-Part-2 series]] on this topic alone.
** Former Marvel Editor-In-Chief JimShooter talked about the subject in his blog: [[http://www.jimshooter.com/2011/12/avengers-200.html Avengers #200]]. He stated he did not know what he was thinking when he allowed that tripe to be published, and he apologized for that story.
** Naturally, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/42795-avengers-200 had a field day with this issue.]]
* One of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s main {{berserk button}}s is sexism. Thus when he reviews much of Creator/FrankMiller's works, such as ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'', he hates how Miller objectifies women. He's so perfectly pissed off about it in ''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/38153-at4w-all-star-batman-and-robin-5 All-Star Batman & Robin #5]]'', in which Frank reduced ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' of all people into a hyper violent StrawFeminist with PsychoLesbian undertones that needed a 'Strong Man to make her 'right'[='=], he became absolutely livid.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', a book with a ''pro-tolerance'' message, [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/03/29/uncanny-avengers-5-rick-remender-identity-politics-mutants/ has come under fire]] for seemingly endorsing not integration but ''assimilation''. The intended {{Aesop}} was "Mutants should be treated just like any other superhuman," [[BrokenAesop but was phrased more like]] "People should have no cultural identity other than just 'person'."
* Writer of ''ComicBook/AvengersUndercover'' has said that the cast of the book "all have PTSD, so maybe they fit better with the villains". This and several other things said by him in interviews did not sit well with some people suffering from PTSD. To quote [[http://hellyeahteensuperheroes.tumblr.com/post/78981551998/halcyonstarfish-hellyeahteensuperheroes one of them]].
-->I can’t believe what I’m reading. Yes, my PTSD is because of past traumatic experience - things like the child abuse, having to deal with finding one of my friends and being a ‘debt-collector’ for some dealers being a few of the major contributions - but Marvel writers are using this as an ‘excuse’ to turn good guys bad? I don’t believe this.
-->PTSD doesn’t work like that. Yes, it affects decision-making and can make someone anti-social and dissociative, but an outright villain? No. All this is going to do is perpetuate the stereotype of mental disorders being a prerequisite for being evil, while the ‘good guys’ are the always-happy, bad-stuff-sliding-off-like-water people. Yes, say the kids have PTSD all you like - for god’s sake after everything I’m surprised they’re not crippled with it (as most with that level of PTSD are) - but for the love of a higher power ''don’t'' use it as a goddamned excuse to make them into bad guys! It doesn’t work that way. PTSD does not turn you into an asshole that wants to watch the world burn. It mostly just makes you want to hide and get everything away from you.
-->You’d think in this day and age they’d think enough to actually do some research. It’s bad enough that anyone in a film with PTSD is shown to be a twitchy weirdo with odd fetishes that is as likely to shoot you as talk to you, and now we have comics telling us that anyone who says they have PTSD is going to be a bad person, regardless of how they were viewed before that.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Disney's ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' didn't sit well with some viewers because of the way the story treats Foxy Loxy. She's a popular, athletic tomboy and a bully ([[JerkJock without succumbing to the "mean girl" stereotype]]). And by the end of the film, not only is she [[spoiler:the only real antagonist]], but she's also ''mind raped'' into becoming docile and feminine after being trapped, terrified, in a featureless, black void. When a cure is offered, Runt exclaims "She's ''perfect''!" and she instantly becomes his girlfriend. So her character arc ends with her being brainwashed into becoming traditionally feminine, and no one advocates for her right to her own damn personality because a boy likes her better this way. And then there's the fact that Chicken Little (aka Henny Penny) in the original fairytale is made a boy, apparently to better appeal to general audiences. [[http://allthedisneymovies.blogspot.com/2013/04/2005-chicken-little.html The issue of gender roles hasn't gone unnoticed.]]
* Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s official synopsis for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' is ''“Learn all about the magical parallel universe with high schools instead of castles, where six pony friends become real girls with a love for fun and fashion.”'' [[http://feminspire.com/equestria-girls-how-did-my-little-pony-go-so-so-wrong/ Amanda Duncil from Feminspire]] was not amused at the implication that "real girls" must love fashion and fun and the fact that the girls have been given ridiculously thin bodies that reinforce the stereotypical and unrealistic idea of beauty. Fortunately, the former description is actually a big pile of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer and the characters in the movie more closely resemble their varied and non-stereotypical personalities from the show.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' has been criticized [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15677_the-9-most-racist-disney-characters.html many]] [[http://mic.com/articles/68219/6-disney-films-that-are-undeniably-racist-and-sexist times]] for how they had portrayed the black crows that helped out Dumbo and Timothy. Many viewers felt that the crows were representing negative stereotypes of African-Americans, which included them frequently smoking and being depicted as poor and uneducated. Oddly enough, this also overlaps with FairForItsDay because the crows are the only other characters in the film that treat Dumbo decently.
* Because of all the praise regarding the same-sex parents in the trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', some people may be disappointed when they find out the film had some uncomfortable transphobic implications, including playing the reveal of the crossdressing character as a textbook UnsettlingGenderReveal. [[http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2014/09/boxtrolls-movie-review-avert-eyes.html This review]] brings this issue up, complaining that there was only one female character in the movie "unless you want to count the man-in-drag figure, via whom the movie adds a dash of transphobia".
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The movie ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks'' has the protagonists decide not to celebrate Christmas. The reaction this gets is pretty insane to say the least, with the neighbors harassing the Kranks endlessly to celebrate it and put up decorations like the rest of the neighborhood. They finally give in when their young adult daughter decides to come home to visit. The very fact that not celebrating Christmas is seen to be some kind of unforgivable sin is bad enough, but then the film hammers home the idea that fighting against the established conformity -- no matter how much you disagree with it -- will get you nowhere and you should never do otherwise. Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041123/REVIEWS/41116002/1023 noticed]].
* [[http://www.nicksflickpicks.com/greenmil.html Nick's Flick Picks gives]] ''Film/TheGreenMile'' a D-, not because of the acting or film making -- which he admits are fine -- but because the film doesn't seem aware of the problem with a story set in the 1930s South, in which an innocent black man is shuttled around to absorb the pain of white people before being executed as a mercy. A mercy for the pain he feels. That he absorbed from white people.
* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911199998/1023 criticized]] the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movie ''New Moon'' for its portrayal of Native Americans as werewolves because it seemed to imply that they were savage animals who [[WalkingShirtlessScene don't like to wear clothes.]]
* Consider the creepy pedophilic themes in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' film version, due to casting younger actors than usual in the roles. Erik poses as Christine's father's ghost, starting when she arrives at the opera house at a very young age -- and continues posing as her father's ghost after attempting a romantic relationship with her. The stage version never specifically says when Christine came to the Opera and the Phantom started hanging around her (and it is generally assumed that, as in the original novel, she was a young woman by that point). The massive Electra complex overtones remain, though... As [[http://community.livejournal.com/m15m/6231.html Phantom of the Opera in 15 Minutes]] says, "Daddy issues ahoy!"
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' examples:
** ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' had the Ewoks that defeated the Empire [[RockBeatsLaser with little technological advancement]], which led to [[TheScrappy some hatred]] among viewers. It gets worse years later, when Creator/GeorgeLucas reveals that he based the Ewoks on [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the Viet Cong]]. [[http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=56&load=6638 Bill Whittle]] on PJTV noted that this meant that the evil Galactic Empire was in fact supposed to represent America (the film was made in America, and thus the majority of its audience was for Americans at the time). [[{{Metaphorgotten}} This despite the fact that the Viet Cong started out fighting the French before the US got involved.]]
** This is especially interesting as British reviewers have always taken both the Ewok/Empire and Rebel/Empire conflicts as a [[http://forums.massassi.net/vb3/showthread.php?40013-Star-Wars-and-early-US-British-Empire-relations parable for the American Revolution]]: A band of heroic, rugged frontiersmen vs a repressive Empire that is famous for its starships (and who all sound like they are from Middle England). Whether this balances the implied criticism of America in [=RotJ=] or opens up a whole new set of implications depends on your perspective. This implication really is unfortunate, as the reason for the prevalence of British people[[note]]Or rather, Coruscant-accented people[[/note]] in the Galactic Empire is to do with old union rules in the UK, which required a certain number of parts to go to British actors or a film would have to pay a tariff on release. Most directors responded by casting Brits as villainous extras.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' ran into criticism for various {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s which [[http://www.davechen.net/2012/02/racism-stereotypes-phantom-menace-star.html some critics felt were a bit too "counterpart"]] for their liking -- for instance, the Nemiodians all speak like Japanese corporate executives (lampooned by Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}, who had Gunray offer "hot and sour soup while you wait for noodle!" to Darth Sidious), [[TheScrappy Jar Jar]] was seen by some as a caricature of West Indians, and Watto was seen as a greedy [[SpaceJews space Jew]]. His enormous nose and small metal quasi-yarmulka did not help. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/394542.stm Lucas denied everything and blamed the internet.]]
* InUniverse example with ''Film/TropicThunder''. One of the actor characters, Kirk Lazarus, who is an {{expy}} of Heath Ledger, was cast the role of Sergeant Osiris. Because of this, he had to undergo extensive surgeries to appear as African American and adopt an accent similar to Ebonics to sell the effect, which led to the only other major African American character in the film, rapper Alpa Chino, to criticize him frequently for the action, as well as a news report noting the controversy.
* {{Defied|Trope}} by Creator/JossWhedon in ''Film/TheAvengers''. DVD commentary reveals that [[BadassBystander the old man]] who compares ComicBook/{{Loki}} to [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] came about after Whedon realized what else a crowd of Germans [[KneelBeforeZod Kneeling Before Zod]] looked like.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' attracted controversy for [[spoiler:[[RaceLift making Khan, an Indian character originally played by a Hispanic actor, into a white character played by a British actor.]]]] [[http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/star-trek-whiteness/ This article]] (spoilers for the film) goes into detail about the problems with this casting change.
* Although hardly the only flaw in Uwe Boll's series of ''Film/BloodRayne'' movies, [[http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/07/16/saturday-crapshoot-bloodrayne-3 this article]] points out how Boll seemingly has "nothing but contempt" for the aggressive, sexually charged female lead character. The review points out how Rayne herself is trumped at every turn in the fight scenes by ''original characters'', and how she is the more submissive partner in the [[CoitusEnsues inevitable sex scene]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** It's been pointed out [[http://4thletter.net/2011/06/x-men-first-class-blue-is-beautiful/ a number]] [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/opinion/09coates.html?_r=0 of]] [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-reviews-x-men-first-class-2011-part-one/ times]] that ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' is a movie that tries to use the Civil Rights Era as a backdrop for the emerging mutant struggle... and then [[BlackDudeDiesFirst kills off one of its leads of color]] ([[TheWorfEffect whose superpower]] is AdaptiveAbility) and [[FaceHeelTurn has the other turn evil]], leaving the face of mutant liberation to be nothing but white people.
** It's [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/vlogs/spoony-april-watch-x-men-days-of-future-past/ been suggested]] that the casting of Creator/PeterDinklage as Bolivar Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' was an attempt to ''invoke'' unfortunate implications; by insinuating that his hatred of mutants is due to bitterness that he has a genetic mutation that makes him a midget rather than being telepathic or able to manipulate metal. Though he admitted it was on the edge of bad taste, Spoony felt the implication added depth to the character.
* ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is about a black doctor marrying a young white woman, and their efforts to get her parents' approval. The filmmakers deliberately made Sidney Poitier's character into a virtual demigod of perfection, to eliminate audience objections to their marriage other than those based on race. But this created other unfortunate implications. To quote Melvin Van Peebles in the documentary ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqrwdJ6wbgs Classified X]]'': "Equality. Never mind that the black guy was a scientist, a Nobel Prize candidate, a Pulitzer prize winning, butter wouldn't melt in his mouth type who could practically walk on water, and that she was only a pimply-faced nobody. They were equally matched because she was white. Right?"
* The casting and portrayal of Tonto by Creator/JohnnyDepp in ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' has attracted this from critics. From choice of costume, based off of a fantasy painting by a white artist (see [[http://gawker.com/5906868/johnny-depps-tonto-is-based-on-a-white-mans-painting-of-an-imaginary-native-american here]]) to Depp's claim that he wanted to provide a "warrior" character for Native American youth to look up to ([[http://jezebel.com/johnny-depp-wants-to-fix-racism-with-tonto-514398140 here]]), many people have stated that the film is a complete embodiment of this trope.
* ''Film/MarsNeedsMoms'', as [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/current-movie-reviews/battle-los-angeles.php?page=2 this Something Awful review points out]], risks coming across as one of the more alarmist tomes on parenting from the Fifties. The Martian women, who assume the roles of societal leaders, need to abduct human mothers to serve as templates for maternal care - because a powerful working woman apparently can't be a loving mother at the same time. The Martian men thus have no role in their society, and become somewhere between hippies and gay stereotypes. And the Martian girl explicitly says at the end that the only way for a child to truly feel loved is if they're raised by two parents, which must have been ''interesting'' for all the single parents in the audience to explain to their kids afterwards.
* [[RaceLift Grover's characterization]] in ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Lightning Thief]]'' was such a nonstop barrage of black stereotypes that it led [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/08/percy-jackson-minstrel-show/ one person to liken it to a minstrel show.]]
* During the 2000's, it became a trend for black actors to crossdress as women in movies for the sake of comedy. [[http://jotandquill.com/martin-lawrence-shames-african-americans-one-more-time/ Martin Lawrence]], [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7455074 Eddie Murphy]] and especially [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/tellmemore/2011/04/22/135630682/tyler-perry-vs-spike-lee-a-debate-over-class-and-coonery Tyler Perry]] have all come under fire for their movies where they crossdressed as [[SassyBlackWoman stereotypical fat black women]]. They've all been accused of reinforcing UncleTomfoolery and ModernMinstrelsy.
** Speaking of Tyler Perry, let's talk ''Temptation.'' The film deals with the main character having an extramarital affair, putting her marriage on the line in order to get with a "bad boy." And by the end of the film, she's contracted AIDS from her affair, and this is pretty much depicted as her "punishment" for stepping out. Given the history of AIDS being painted as a just punishment for sinners, critics [[http://jezebel.com/5993523/tyler-perry-isnt-just-an-artless-hack-hes-a-scary-ideologue lit up]] [[http://www.avclub.com/article/why-white-critics-fear-of-engaging-tyler-perry-is--96644 Perry]] for this one.
* ''Film/TheUltimateGift'' is a relatively normal {{glurge}}-y film about a man who must improve himself in the hopes of getting a reward. You'd ''expect'' that said award to be the improvement itself, but the movie actually awards him [[spoiler:2 billion dollars.]] DVD Talk [[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/29952/ultimate-gift-the/ points out the glaring flaw in this ending]]:
--> "Um, hey, how about this instead: you make an inspirational movie about healing and growth, and at the end, the gift is something internal, like being nice to people or not being a jackass anymore. That's a message worth hearing. Having your hero [[spoiler:wind up a billionaire]] suggests [[spoiler:we should all do good things solely in the hope of landing a monetary reward.]] Ugh."
* [[http://blip.tv/brows-held-high/brows-held-high-shame-6700054 In his review of]] ''{{Film/Shame}}'', Kyle Kallgren of ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' took issue with the depiction of the scene when protagonist Brandon has sex with a gay man. While Brandon's compulsive sex addiction is shown to be destructive in every instance, the gay sex is treated as "[[DarkestHour rock bottom]]", as the scene is shot under red lighting and then is followed by another scene where Brandon is beat up by a man on the street.
* In the 2000 film ''Film/RulesOfEngagement'', American Marines open fire on unarmed Yemeni civilians at the American embassy in Sana'a (Creator/SamuelLJackson's character, a Marine colonel, gives the order to [[KillEmAll "Waste the motherfuckers!"]]), killing 83 civilians and injuring over 100 more. When Jackson's character is put on trial, [[RashomonStyle the story then turns to finding out if his claims are substantial]]. In the end, though, it turns out that the civilians were no better than terrorists themselves -- everyone, ''even a four-year-old girl'', fired on the Marines first! [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2000/aug/11/2 This article]] has more info.
* ''Film/SpringBreakers''' climax involves two white girls donning masks and shooting down a bunch of black people... in Florida... and the film began production shortly after Trayvon Martin was killed. In fact, of all the gangsters in the film, the one who the protagonists trust is white. Addressed by Kyle Kallgren of ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'', who proceeds to criticize this as well as the rampant MaleGaze in his [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/oancitizen/brows-held-high/42617-spring-breakers review]]
* The FreudianExcuse of the villain in ''Film/RockOfAges'' is that she was seduced and then abandoned by a rock star, inspiring her to begin her crusade to lobby the government to ban rock music. The thing is, she is presented as an entirely negative character, while her ex is portrayed relatively positively, even joining the protagonists' band at the end, even though it was he who both made the first move in their relationship and left her. As [[http://musicalhell.blogspot.com/2014/04/musical-hell-rock-of-ages-plus.html the Musical Hell review]] points out, the only reason she's a villain and he isn't is SlutShaming.
* In ''Film/IronMan3'' the Mandarin's henchmen are all U.S. military personnel who have had amputated limbs regenerated by Extremis. There's a line in the film that implies they're helping the Mandarin create a never-ending war on terror because soldiers can't get jobs after they come home. Noah Antwiler of ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/vlogs/iron-man-3/ pointed out]] how ridiculously offensive the thought that such a large number of U.S. servicemen and women would willingly and knowingly ''coordinate attacks against American citizens'' and even [[spoiler:help the Mandarin kill the President]] is.
* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-siege-1998 was extremely critical]] of ''Film/TheSiege'' because of what he believed was [[CluelessAesop a poor attempt]] at subverting the anti-Arab/Islamophobic attitudes typically found in other movies.
-->"I'm not arguing that ''The Siege'' is a deliberately offensive movie. It's not that brainy. In its clumsy way, it throws in comments now and then to show it knows the difference between Arab terrorists and American citizens. But the prejudicial attitudes embodied in the film are insidious, like the anti-Semitism that infected fiction and journalism in [[TheThirties the 1930s]]--not [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler just]] in [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany]], but in Britain and America."
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' was heavily criticized for the characters of Skids and Mudflap, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/24/transformers-jivetalking-_n_220005.html who many people viewed as racial caricatures of black people]]. The Twins are depicted as ebonic-spewing, bickering idiots who can't read and only serve to be [[UncleTomfoolery comic-relief]] in a film that's already full of comedic side-characters. It doesn't help that Skids is depicted as having a gold-tooth for no particular reason.
* Some biblical films often tend to white-wash the characters despite the stories taking in the Middle East. For instance, the cast of ''{{Film/Noah}}'' is entirely white despite the characters being the ancestors of all races, which wasn't helped by the screenwriter claiming "[[http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/04/ari-handel-casts-all-white-people-in-noah-film-to-respresent-stand-ins-for-all-people white people are stand-ins for all people while people-of-color just represent themselves]]". Also under fire is Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'', [[http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/exodus-set-photo-european-sphinx/ which casts black people only in the roles of servants and crooks, and even makes the Great Sphinx statue look white]].
* ''Film/SevenPounds'' concerns Tim Thomas, a man who had accidentally killed seven people in a car accident. At the film's climax, Tim commits suicide and donates his organs to seven people who need them, which is portrayed as a HeroicSacrifice and a redemptive act for him. Mathew Buck of ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown'' [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/fbv/bmbe/19182-seven-pounds took the film to task]] for this ending, believing it sends the message that there are situations where committing suicide is justifiable, and moreso the implication that there are people who have screwed up their lives so badly that suicide is the ''optimum'' course of action.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' is often criticized for using MightyWhitey / WhiteMansBurden plot devices in a high budget science fiction movie. The main character is a human who becomes the hero of the alien tribe ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture based off of Native Americans]]) and gets TheChiefsDaughter in the end. [[http://youtu.be/gWSiztP2Rp0 This video]] illustrates using clips of other movies with similar themes how exactly it can be seen as a colonial view of "natives". [[http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2010/01/12/is_avatar_weighed_down_by_white_mans_burden.html These]] [[http://io9.com/5422666/when-will-white-people-stop-making-movies-like-avatar articles]] go into further detail about the controversy.
* ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Some viewers have called this after watching Bond's seduction of Severine. Given Severine's [[SexSlave background]], there's a strong possibility that when Bond initiated sex she may have felt like she had no choice in the matter. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmoIDKqfY44 Cinema Sins]] hangs a lampshade on the discomfort.
* M. Night Shyamalan’s take on ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' was [[http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2010/07/04/last_airbender_opens_debate_on_race/ heavily]] [[http://www.slashfilm.com/m-night-shyamalan-responds-to-last-airbender-race-issues/ criticized]] for casting three of the four main characters with white actors, even though the TV series ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', had characters that appeared to be of East Indian or Native American descent; many viewers felt that this was another attempt at “whitewashing” characters that were of a diverse background.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Some critics have claimed Tolkien was racist because of [[http://tolkien.slimy.com/faq/External.html his description of Orcs]] in ''The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien'': "... they are (or were) squat, broad, flat-nosed, sallow-skinned, with wide mouths and slant eyes; in fact degraded and repulsive versions of the (to Europeans) least lovely Mongol-types." Other critics have noted Tolkien's modifier "(to Europeans)" meant he recognized different cultures have different standards of beauty (being that Mongolians are the "least lovely" to Europeans). The statement isn't "Orcs ''are'' Mongolians" but "Orcs ''look like'' degraded and repulsive versions of to-us-unpretty Mongolic physical shape." But any way you slice it, that statement is dodgy by contemporary standards.
** In ''The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien'', the author once compared his Dwarves to Jews -- "at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the languages of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue." In a radio interview, he said the Dwarf language was modeled to be Semitic. Though he was speaking in specific terms, [[http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/a_ring_of_bias_not_likely_20011214/ as a Jewish Journal article has noted]], Unfortunate Implications are there for those who want to see them -- [[GreedyJew the Dwarves' main weakness as a race is their lust for riches]].\\
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However, Tolkien is on record as having praised the Jewish people in a TakeThat against Hitler-era German publishers seeking to publish ''Literature/TheHobbit'', when they inquired whether he was of Aryan descent: "I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by 'arisch'. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. ... But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people...". It is wise to avoid getting in a war of words with an Oxford English Professor.
* ''Literature/SixthColumn'', which describes the United States under occupation by [[YellowPeril Pan-Asians]] (real-world mutual enemies Japan and China), also has some issues. The heroes save the day by creating a [[WeaponOfMassDestruction race-selective weapon]] that kills all yellow people. However, that story idea was from Creator/JohnWCampbell, and Heinlein supposedly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_Column tried to tone down the racism]]. He was still [[OldShame unhappy]] with the lingering racist themes.
* The young adult book series ''Literature/SaveThePearls'' has had [[http://www.xojane.com/issues/save-the-pearls-revealing-eden-ya-novel-racist controversy]] [[http://www.rippdemup.com/2012/07/save-the-pearls-eden-newman-white-privilege-interracial-dating/ surrounding]] [[http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/07/the-problem-with-awarding-victoria-foyts-save-the-pearls/ its]] treatment of racism. The plot revolves around a post-apocalyptic scenario where white people ("Pearls") are the minority, and black people ("Coals") are the majority and the more "privileged". As part of this, the main "Pearl" character essentially wears BlackFace as an attempt to pass, and generally it ends up indulging in stereotypes about African-Americans. This is a book with an ''anti''-racism {{Aesop}}.
* The vampire series ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' has been accused of being [[http://yourekilling.us/?p=32 misogynistic]] in its portrayal of women other than the main character, Zoey. Zoey (also the narrator) constantly refers to other women as sluts and judges them based on their appearance. In one instance, the plot almost derails to talk about how all oral sex is demeaning to women and [[HypocriticalHumor all women who give them are evil sluts]].
* Literature/{{Twilight}}:
** [[http://www.womanist-musings.com/2010/04/monstrous-musings-got-vampire-privilege.html This article]] (second part is [[http://www.womanist-musings.com/2010/05/monstrous-musings-got-vampire-privilege.html here]]) outlines many unfortunate racial implications. And also [[http://www.womanist-musings.com/2011/11/monstrous-musings-race-lessons-from.html here]].
** [[http://io9.com/5576956/why-team-jacob-always-has-to-lose-in-twilight This article]] examines some of Twilight's unfortunate implications: specifically, how interracial relationships never work out, how Bella is essentially marrying an old man who doesn't want sex but always wants to boss her around, how Bella, who ''wants'' sex, goes after the painfully prudish Edward instead of the man who wants it as much as she does, and how in the end, Bella essentially chooses ''not'' to choose.
** Edward's behavior is basically [[http://tsdcv3.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=twilightlit&action=display&thread=64&page=1 that of an emotionally abusive boyfriend]], and he has all the personality of a cardboard box. Bella uses excuses that real life abused women use to justify his behavior, such as that Edward acts this way because he really loves her.
** Bella's behavior is just as vile. [[http://das-sporking.livejournal.com/151027.html This]] review takes Dr. Hare's twenty traits of sociopathy and applies ''every single one'' to something Bella has done or thought in ''New Moon''.
* When you [[FridgeLogic think about it]], Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's Wold-Newton Family, by saying that all great heroes and many villians of modern literature were descended from the fourteen people present at the Wold-Newton meteor landing, is also saying that any of those characters who aren't of English origin only achieved what they did because they had ''some'' English blood. Modern Newtonians have noticed this, and identified [[http://www.pjfarmer.com/secret/general/rocks-and-trees-expanded.html other meteor crashes]] that could have had similar effects.
* An early Literature/{{Imaro}} story, "Slaves of the Giant-Kings", had Imaro enslaved by FantasyCounterpartCulture versions of the Tutsis and Hutus, ending with Imaro leading the Hutu stand-ins in a gory revolution against the Tutsi stand-ins based on the Rwandan Revolution. Long after the story was written, [[HarsherInHindsight the actual Hutus began a genocide against the Tutsis.]] When Imaro creator Charles Saunders decided to reprint his stories he was so sickened by the parallels between "Slaves of the Giant-Kings" and the Rwandan Genocide that he refused to ever print it again, writing a totally new adventure to replace it because he thought reprinting it might look like he thought the [[http://www.reindeermotel.com/CHARLES/charles_blog16_rwanda.html genocide was justified]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': As [[http://www.pdptr.com/2011/06/sexual-violence-and-vampires-or-why.html This article]] shows the series has a tendency to downplay rape with sentences such as "I was almost raped in Dallas, but this is so much worse." Women are very often victimized and their safety tends to depend on the men. The HemoErotic nature of vampire/human relationships does not help either. Sookie could be viewed as someone who voluntarily seeks out emotionally and/or physically abusive relationships with vampires like Bill and Eric. She ''knows'' that they are murderers and that they do things such as MindControl people. But it is treated as [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys something to be overlooked because they are sexy]].
** [[http://scarlettwoman.com.au/2011/09/02/male-rape-on-true-blood/ A rape victim is actually considered deserving of their fate because they]] [[ReallyGetsAround really get around]] and [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale because of their gender]]. The character in question is [[spoiler: Jason Stackhouse]].
---> '''Alan Ball''': “It’s kind of interesting to see the kind of guy who really gets his sense of worth from his sexual prowess to all of a sudden to be kind of objectified and sort of [laughs] used against his will.” From [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGdMV1OiWzE Inside Episode 39]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Susan Foreman of was [[http://drwhointerviews.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/verity-lamberts-1980s/ not originally intended to be the Doctor's granddaughter]], but a writer created the family tie because of the connotations of an older man traveling around with an attractive young woman.
** [[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2011/01/man-that-never-would-daleks.html The TARDIS Eruditorum]] has observed that it's uncomfortable watching "The Daleks", which has a theoretically anti-racist moral but also uses BeautyEqualsGoodness and presents the InhumanlyBeautifulRace as resembling Aryan supermen - not least that Carol Ann Ford, the actress playing Susan, is Jewish and is asked to say dialogue calling them 'perfect'. This was also lampshaded indirectly in the BigFinishDoctorWho drama ''The Alchemists'', set in 1930s Germany, where Susan remarks that a young Nazi SS officer looks "almost Thal-like", while herself receiving negative comments based on her dark-eyed appearance.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor S1 E3 "Code of Honor"]], an episode so charged with racial stereotypes and Unfortunate Implications and outright racism that it's kind of hard to watch. The plot is that there is a planet of aliens who look exactly like humans of African descent and dress in a mix of stereotype of what Shaka's warriors might wear and leopard-skin hot pants. This would be bad enough. However, the leader of these tribes is a somewhat sexist man who falls for blond-haired [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt Lt. Yar]], kidnaps her, and tries to get his highest ranking consort killed via a duel with Yar so he can inherit her property. Their society actually follows tribal-style concepts of status and honor, including "counting coup." And the ''Enterprise'' crew can't simply decide to have no part in any of this nonsense because the people of this planet have a vaccine which is vital to the survival of another planet, but are so wrapped up in their contests of honor that they will not release it until the Enterprise crew plays along. So you have an African stereotype of kidnapping a pretty white woman to marry her, necessitating the pretty white woman's companions to try to save her while she has to fight an enraged, jealous African female, all so the pretty white woman's companions can do the much more important work of saving another people from disease. [[http://www.aoltv.com/2008/04/28/star-trek-the-next-generation-code-of-honor/ Former consultant Tracy Tormé said that "I felt like it was a '40s tribal African view of blacks. I think it was kind of embarrassing. Not only was the ending like [original series episode] "Amok Time", but it came dangerously close to Amos 'n' Andy."]] Creator/JonathanFrakes [[http://youtu.be/Y4w0Zj_EdT4?t=3m36s called the episode a "racist piece of shit"]], and later "the worst and most embarrassing [episode]..." and "horribly racist" at a 2007 science fiction convention in Toronto, Canada. Creator/BrentSpiner [[http://trekmovie.com/2012/03/23/exclusive-brent-spiner-interviewpart-2-talks-bad-tng-episodes-why-nemesis-bombed-jj-trek-franchise-future/ echoed his opinion in a later interview]].
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/the-newsroom-women-sorkin-hbo_b_1641982.html There]] [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/07/newsroom-aaron-sorkin-women-hostile-misogyny.html have]] [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2012/10/12/is_the_portrayal_of_women_in_the_newsroom_problematic.html been]] many criticisms of the portrayal of female characters in ''TheNewsroom''. These tend to center around how female characters tend to have their competence undercut by naiveté/personal problems to a greater extent than do male ones, and are often corrected on their ignorance by male characters. While improved over the course of the series, these features stood out because at least in initial episodes, the supposed competence of the female characters was an InformedAbility.
* Many a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek featuring women being beaten to near-death have been repeated over and over and over and over again on broadcast television. One [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Movie of the Week]] produced by CBS in 1993 dealt with a male victim of DomesticAbuse. This film, ''Men Don't Tell'', never aired on that channel again, though Lifetime snuck in a few repeat showings. At least one reviewer discussed this disparity and pointed out exactly [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale what message this was sending]] in an article in the ''[[http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/412676/Men-Don-t-Tell/overview New York Times]]''.
* [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/hemlock-grove,96734/ This review]] of ''Series/HemlockGrove'' points out that, for a show that tries to "shake up" the horror genre, it ''still'' kills off a good chunk of its female cast, ''especially'' the ones who are sexually active.
* The 1979 Creator/ChuckBarris GameShow ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three%27s_a_Crowd_(game_show) Three's a Crowd]]'' was a derivative of ''TheNewlywedGame'', also created by Barris, by having adulterating husbands attempt to match answers between their wives and the secretaries with whom they were cheating. The show was immediately attacked by both [[EnemyMine feminists and conservatives religious activists]] for glamorizing adultery. It got cancelled in February 1980, less than five months after its premiere.
* On ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the initial tribes are normal divided more or less randomly, other than having an equal split between each gender on each one. On occasion, they do something gimmicky, such as having men vs. women or young vs. old. For the 13th season (Cook Islands), the tribes were separated by ''race''. Although this meant that there much more racial diversity in a show that had previously been very [[MonochromeCasting monochrome]], and the tribes were mixed up after only two episodes, many viewers couldn't help but [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,213706,00.html feel offended]] by the stunt, finding it reminiscent of Jim Crow-era segregation. Naturally, ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sZ0OJGm6Ak had a field day with it]].
* Overlapping with DoNotDoThisCoolThing, [[http://daughterofmulan.tumblr.com/post/33263747038/the-glorification-of-white-crime this blog entry]] is extremely critical of how many CriminalProcedural dramas such as ''Series/TheSopranos'', ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' and ''Series/BreakingBad'' have white male protagonists who are invariably portrayed as {{Justified Criminal}}s, and are greatly admired for it, whereas protagonists of any other background are much less likely to receive this treatment.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Among other issues, [[http://butmyopinionisright.tumblr.com/post/31079561065/the-problem-with-the-big-bang-theory this blogger]] criticizes what he sees as an "it's not making fun of autism if we don't ''call'' it autism" attitude towards Sheldon, asserting that the show deliberately exploits the AmbiguousDisorder trope as a way to openly and safely mock a legitimate disability.
** [[http://everydayheterosexism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/10-homophobic-things-about-big-bang.html Then there's the issues]] with how it treats homosexuality. Raj is repeatedly given effeminate quirks. His [[HoYay relationship with Howard]] is once out-right said to be a replacement for a traditional heterosexual relationship that neither can get, with the idea being that it's sad and pathetic as claimed by a ''professional and well-renowned psychologist'', and his later close relationship with [[AmbiguouslyBi possibly Bi]] Stuart is treated as similar. {{Asexual}} Sheldon was noted prior for subverting usual sitcom standards by having no interest in women, until they decide to add in a female love interest to avoid people thinking he was gay (ironically, his actor actually is).
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** The show took [[http://www.racialicious.com/2013/09/25/table-for-two-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/ criticism]] for having the first [[MonsterOfTheWeek super powered threat]] be an AngryBlackMan.
** "Yes Men" was an clumsy attempt at a female empowerment story that managed to garner [[http://www.themarysue.com/agents-of-shield-recap-yes-men/ accusations of sexism]] from both sides. For women, it was the episode's need to "justify" [[ActionGirl Sif]]'s presence in the plot by having a VillainOfTheWeek [[DesignatedGirlFight only a woman could defeat]], and for having the first major female supervillain to appear on the show be a seductress. For men, it was the episode's sentiment that "men are weak", which is echoed by several heroic characters and never contested, as well as the treatment of Grant Ward, who is brainwashed and raped by the female villain, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale the implications of which are ignored]].
* [[http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/frustrations-asian-american-whedonite/ One of the criticisms of]] JossWhedon's ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was the fact that despite taking place in a future where China was a massive superpower and Chinese influence could be felt in everything from dialogue to clothing, there were almost no actual Chinese (or indeed any Asian) characters in the show. Even the Tam Siblings, who had a Chinese surname, were played by white actors.[[note]]The character Kaylee was written to be Asian but Jewel Staite simply gave the best audition and she became white[[/note]]
** And prior to that, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[http://www.slayageonline.com/essays/slayage17/Middents.htm was subject to criticism about its treatment of minority characters]], namely the fact that [[MonochromeCasting there were very few of them]], [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and the ones that did exist had a nasty habit of getting killed off]].
* The treatment of female characters in the five-year run of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was bad enough for [[http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8437095783_005a239bb5_o.jpg commentator Dave Bradley]] to write an article on the subject, pointing out that without exception all its female characters were either a DistressedDamsel, a BitchInSheepsClothing, or a DisposableWoman.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has developed a [[http://www.hollywood.com/news/tv/56839158/the-problem-with-character-deaths-on-teen-wolf?page=all reputation]] for killing almost all of its [[http://velociriot.org/2013/08/28/teen-wolf-has-a-bad-habit-of-picking-off-women-and-pocs/ female and POC characters]], including several in the original cast. Every female villain has been killed so far, yet only one male villain has died during the show's entire run. And whereas most of the departing male characters simply moved out of Beacon Hills to continue their lives elsewhere, all of the female and POC characters have been killed off. The only gay character who appears on a semi-regular basis has had [[HideYourGays almost no meaningful screen time]] or CharacterDevelopment in three seasons, lots of ire was raised about the actors and creators [[http://tvline.com/2014/03/24/teen-wolf-season-3-finale-spoilers-dylan-obrien-interview/ purposely queerbaiting]] fans with an AmbiguouslyBi character [[http://thegeekiary.com/why-are-teen-wolf-season-4-ratings-slipping/16046/comment-page-1 for the ratings and fun of it]], and a confirmed lesbian suddenly switched to bisexual within a few episodes to bait the aforementioned not-so-bisexual character. Some fans have taken to [[http://just-impolite.tumblr.com/post/80068855085/bullshit-wolf-these-are-the-statistics-they-should compiling charts]] that show the [[http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/teen-wolf-dead-female-characters-chart/ enormous difference]] between the male vs. female death count.
* The Creator/DisneyChannel [[http://www.laweekly.com/2013-06-20/film-tv/disney-tv-poison-daughters/ has]] [[http://megpoulinindeed.com/2014/03/28/disney-is-ruining-my-kid/ been]] criticized for playing {{Jerkass}}, bullying behavior [[DudeNotFunny for laughs]] in many of their live action shows, as well as portraying [[AdultsAreUseless adults as useless]] and continuously implying that girls need to be attractive over being kind, smart, or successful. This is especially unfortunate given the target audience for such shows are tweens, who are likely to emulate such behavior.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' had been accused [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/shortcuts/2012/may/02/2-broke-girls-racist-baffling many]] [[http://tvline.com/2012/01/11/2-broke-girls-crude-racist-humor/ times]] of showing negative stereotypes of various characters, including Han Lee, an Asian American character who is the boss of the diner. Many viewers felt that the show was showing negative stereotypes of Asian Americans through Han’s character, which includes speaking in broken English and not understanding American culture very well.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'':
** [[http://www.salon.com/2012/12/15/tvs_most_islamophobic_show/ There]] [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2012/oct/13/homeland-drama-offensive-portrayal-islam-arabs has]] [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/15/winner-islamophobia-argo-homeland been]] [[http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/television/is-homeland-islamophobic criticism]] of the show's depiction of Muslims and the Middle East in general. Whether seemingly westernized and educated or ignorant and fanatical, the overwhelming bulk of the show's 'Muslim' cast have ended up being linked to the terrorists in one way or another. The Islam of Homeland is presented almost as a monolith, with Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda teaming up to kill Americans without complicated ideas like 'Shia' and 'Sunni' being introduced to complicate such a team-up or acknowledging that Hezbollah has never targeted the United States for attack. The show's presentation of Hamra Street in Beirut, in reality a bustling and cosmopolitan area with shops and cafes, as a dirty haven for terrorist and armed militia even led Lebanon to threaten legal action.
** The third season makes things worse by [[http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/12/homeland-season-3-iran-critique making the]] [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/16/homeland-worst-lies-us-power-foreign-policy entire nation of Iran]] the enemy and by making Javadi a cartoonish Evil Muslim who stabs his ex-wife to death because all Muslims are {{Straw Misogynist}}s. Iran, a country whose people once held candlelight vigils for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, is here shown as a place where [[spoiler: everyone cheers Brody the suspected terrorist when they discover who he is, with the CIA bomber quickly becoming a national hero.]]
* ''Series/JerseyShore'': Portraying all Italian-Americans as drunken, steroid-fueled party kids and {{Hard Drinking Party Girl}}s. In addition to several Italian-American groups, Creator/KevinSmith (a New Jersey native) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hv9B3mNlU0 commented]] that it's an Italian equivalent to the early 20th-century practice of 'cooning', where black entertainers played to the [[UncleTomfoolery "Uncle Tom" stereotype]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'''s A.V. Club Inventory [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/we-care-a-lot-14-overblown-charityadvocacy-songs-b,2217/ "We Care a Lot"]] discusses various examples of the CharityMotivationSong, such as "We Are the World", "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and more obscure efforts, pointing out more than once that the songs and videos made for them wind up coming off as narcissistic by promoting the celebrities singing them as much as, if not more than, the cause.
* Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" music video has plenty of these, a great many of which get called out in the LiteralMusicVideo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olsqjmn-MYY parody]] of it. On the whole, the video promotes promiscuity while shaming more conservative outlooks while simultaneously flipping between two different stereotypes.
* [[http://listverse.com/2011/11/29/10-brilliant-examples-of-intellectual-hip-hop/ This]] Listverse entry that purports to highlight the ten most "intellectual" rappers plays the MightyWhitey trope incredibly straight.
* TaylorSwift songs can come off as incredibly slut-shaming and sex-negative sometimes (in Fifteen it's implied that her friend's ''virginity'' was all she had, and in Revenge it's implied that the person it's addressed to stole her boyfriend via being better at sex, just for two). See [[http://www.autostraddle.com/why-taylor-swift-offends-little-monsters-feminists-and-weirdos-31525/ this article]] for a much longer explanation.
** The criticisms too have been subject to some Unfortunate Implications. The [[http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-11-03/music/the-iceberg-songs-of-taylor-swift/ backlash to these ideas]] point out that labeling Swift as a feminist nightmare ignores a large body of her work that is more complicated about sexuality in favor of analyzing a few hits that seem straightforward against it, turning her from a complicated figure into [[http://bitchmagazine.org/post/taylor-swift-wants-to-ban-access-to-your-lady-bits some kind of hateful bigot]] [[HeteronormativeCrusader Crusader]] [[AllWomenArePrudes Prude]].
* ''The Christmas Shoes'' is a contemporary Christian song (and movie) about a melancholy gentleman who helps a boy buy a pair of shoes for his mother, who is on her deathbed and expected to pass away shortly. The singer then muses to himself that God sent the kid to remind him what Christmas is all about; in other words, God killed a little boy's mother on Christmas just to guilt some unrelated curmudgeon into appreciating the holidays. That observation has been made numerous times by various critics, but [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/3250-top-10-disturbing-and-inescapable-christmas-songs the Nostalgia Chick]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5iyV7N5jvI Patton Oswalt]] probably put it best.
* The song "Blurred Lines" by RobinThicke is ''supposed'' to be an IntercourseWithYou song. However, the lyrics come off more as the perspective of a rapist. To illustrate, ToddInTheShadows did a juxtaposition of this song and "Sex Type Thing" by Music/StoneTemplePilots (a song ''explicitly'' sung from the perspective of a rapist) in his [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/tis/tpsr/39936-pop-song-reviews-blurred-lines review]], while Sociological Images did a [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/09/17/from-the-mouths-of-rapists-the-lyrics-of-robin-thickes-blurred-lines-and-real-life-rape/ break-down of the song]] by taking images from [[http://project-unbreakable.org/ Project Unbreakable]] (an online photo essay of survivors holding up placards with quotes from their rapists to bring awareness) to demonstrate how in a real world context things like this aren't said in a consensual encounter. It's also brilliantly satirized in the parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVI9PfBzsA8 "Lame Lines"]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3twwafch4g This parody by Bart Baker]] points out the rape overtones while still being comedic.
* Creator/JustinTimberlake was criticized by the Take Back the Night Foundation, an anti-rape group, for his song "Take Back the Night." Timberlake claims that he was unfamiliar with the organization when he wrote the song and that the similarity between the title and lyrics and their name is unintentional. However, certain lyrics such as "come on, surrender," "your love's a weapon," and especially, "they gon' try to shut us down, I’ll be damned if we gon' let them take back the night" read as ''very'' disturbing when viewed through this lens. He has since apologized and made a statement in support of the group, and for their part, they have decided against taking legal action. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Back_the_Night_(song)#Controversy Read all about it]] at TheOtherWiki.
* Music/{{Lily Allen}}'s video for the song "Hard Out There" [[http://flavorwire.com/424995/is-there-a-racist-undertone-to-lily-allens-hard-out-here-video/ met with controversy]] over alleged racist undertones, such as Allen using predominately black backup dancers while singing about how she doesn't need to shake her booty because she "has a brain". Allen claims the fact that dancers were mostly women of color was an unfortunate oversight, and that they just happened to be the most talented women who auditioned.
* Similarly, Music/{{Lorde}}'s single "Royals" [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/showbiz/lorde-royals-racism-spat/ became the subject of controversy]] due to the fact that she criticizes the materialism and alleged "vapidity" in genres like rap and hip-hop, which are primarily populated by black and Latino artists. [[http://www.mstarz.com/articles/22505/20131129/lorde-apologizes-nicki-minaj-drake-comments-royal-singer-admires-rappers.htm She even ended up issuing an apology]] to {{Drake}} and NickiMinaj after claiming their music was irrelevant.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''{{Seussical}}'': The fact that many of Seuss's stories, along with their morals, are now presented without context. For example, the army from "The Butter Battle Book" is displayed, a book Seuss wrote as his criticism of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. However, the play lacks that context, making it feel as though it's condemning ''every'' war as frivolous, when in fact, Seuss, a former political cartoonist, [[http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/seuss_fla.html could be VERY pro-war depending on the issue.]]
* The ''Las Vegas Sun'''s [[http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/nov/01/illusion-elusive-angels-believe/ review]] of ''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve'' points out that in the original (subsequently retooled) story "[T]here's a continual struggle over [Criss's] usually shirtless bod between his stage assistants, Kayala, an angelic ever-receding woman in white and Crimson, a devouring, demonic black woman. (Not even going there.)"
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' suffered a bad example of this. The game positively rejoices in a very dated portrayal of female characters as [[DamselInDistress damsels to be rescued]] and [[MsFanservice eye candy]], is (''seemingly'') intended to be an example of CrossesTheLineTwice, in a send-up of old action games and movies (and with a fairly large helping of SelfDeprecation). However, one game mechanic, in the "Capture the Babe" multiplayer mode, which involved the babe making a bid for freedom and needing to be slapped on the arse to calm her down, didn't endear it [[http://borderhouseblog.com/?p=4375 to]] [[http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2011/03/25/duke-nukem-dustup-games-capture-babe-mode-players-slapping-women/ some]] [[http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/06/duke-nukem-forever-review-barely-playable-unfunny-and-rampantly-offensive/ reviewers]].
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'': [[http://moonbase.rydia.net/mental/blog/gaming/metroid-other-m-the-elephant/article.html Other critics argue]] that the game's sexism and bizarre incompetency on Samus' part are merely parts of a greater whole: a romanticized [[AbusiveParents abusive relationship]] between an otherwise capable bounty hunter and her surrogate father figure.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' attracted criticism for a lack of [[GayOption same-sex romance options]] for a male Shepard, while female Shepards could begin a relationship with [[DiscountLesbians a member of]] a OneGenderRace or a bisexual woman. They rectified this with the third installment, which has two male homosexual romance options (one new and one who has been around since the first game). Only adding it to the third game has [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/515 its own issues]]. It's completely possible to have played a male Shepard as gay throughout [=ME1 and ME2=], he'd just also be a CelibateHero on top of being gay, but that just falls into this ''again''. Plans were allegedly in place for Male Shepard to be able to pursue a relationship with Thane in Mass Effect 2, but this was cut in response to the controversy over the first game. Even so, it remains unfortunate that Female Shepard being openly lesbian is available from the very first game while Male Shepard can't be played that way until the final installment.
** In ''Mass Effect 3'', all of the love interests, save for Jacob Taylor stays faithful towards Shepard. African American Jacob is the only character to outright dump Shepard because, during the time skip between Mass Effect 2 and 3, he impregnated another woman. This led to a [[InternetBackdraft LARGE]] debate over the [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/325/index/9729648/1 negative]] [[http://social.bioware.com/%255Burl%255Cu003d%255Burl%255Cu003d%255Burl%255Cu003d%255Burl%255Cu003dhttp:/social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/325/index/13743216/1 connotations]] related to his unfaithfulness and his race. To this day, it's still a touchy subject to tackle.
* In the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' Mists of Pandaria beta, Jii Firepaw, leader of the Horde-allied Pandaren, would compliment your strength if you're playing a male Pandaren, and your attractiveness if you're playing a female one. This [[http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/04/03/why-is-blizzard-still-ok-with-gender-inequality-in-world-of-warc/ sparked a controversy]], with people complaining about, among other things, the focus on a female's appearance rather than competence in her chosen class. This ultimately led to the dialogue getting removed from the game.
* Avoided in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''. [[RealMenWearPink Marluxia]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally intended to be a woman]], but once they started to develop the game's plot, the developers realized that having the only two women out of a group of thirteen[[note]]this was long before Xion's character was created[[/note]] plotting to overthrow the men in charge and subsequently getting killed for it by another male [[http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Marluxia#Trivia wasn't going to go over too well.]]
* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', which features a class warfare between downtrodden minorities (led by the black Daisy Fitzroy) and a racist white society (led by Zachary Comstock), has come [[http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3733057.htm under criticism]] for its somewhat awkward use of the theme of race. The juxtaposition of Comstock and Fitzroy [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/03/25/bioshock-infinite-pc-review/ has been called]] a false [[http://www.errantsignal.com/blog/?p=500 equivalency]], and the main quantum mechanics story thread being independent of race (although the two themes do dovetail in some of the subplots, e.g., the gunsmith and his wife) have led some to question [[http://pc.mmgn.com/Articles/bioshock-infinite-was-the-racism-necessa why even add]] race relations to the game at all.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''
** The lack of homosexual relations/marriage has been criticized by several reviewers. [[http://www.kaleo.org/blogs/the-heteronormativity-of-fire-emblem-awakening/article_14124b3a-ab24-11e2-88be-001a4bcf6878.html Source 1]] [[http://kotaku.com/5980657/fire-emblem-awakening-the-kotaku-review Source 2]] [[http://www.jacehallshow.com/news/gaming/industry/20130425/fire-emblem-awakenings-relationship-system-works-work-time/ Source 3]]
** That two characters who appear as 12 year old girls are able to marry and have children has been controversial. [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?comic=040813 Source 1]] [[http://tinycartridge.com/post/21330765433/fire-emblem-awakening-has-fun-with-a-disturbing Source 2]] [[http://www.kaleo.org/blogs/the-heteronormativity-of-fire-emblem-awakening/article_14124b3a-ab24-11e2-88be-001a4bcf6878.html Source 3]]
* The reboot of ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}'' seemingly featured Lara's sexual assault as a plot point in the trailers and interviews (such scenes were not in the actual game). When questioned about this, one of the game's executives claimed that the point of the assault was to encourage the player to 'protect her and care for her' because 'they don't really project themselves into the character'. This left many people [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-06-16-saturday-soapbox-in-games-we-trust understandably]] [[http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/culture/2012/06/breaking-down-bitch-lara-croft-and-rape-stories less than]] [[http://www.themarysue.com/lara-croft-misogyny/ impressed]], ''including the game's lead writer and marketing department.''
* The trailer for ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman: Absolution]]'', which features PVC-clad MsFanservice NaughtyNuns being shot, beaten, stabbed, and garroted by the very male Agent 47 caught a lot of flak for seemingly encouraging sexism, fetishizing violence and glamorizing violence towards women, such as [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/01/hitman-absolution-trailer-nuns this article in the]] ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'', and this tweet from CharlieBrooker:
-->'''Brooker''': Trail for ''Hitman: Absolution'' is terrible shit aimed at base, clueless imbeciles. Fuck the game industry if it thinks this shit works. Fuck it.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel'': A mission where the protagonists break up a sex trafficking ring that's targeting American women to be sold in Mexico. Not only [[DisposableSexWorker is the player encouraged to threaten the strippers in the club for a lead in the case]], but the scenario is a complete [[InvertedTrope inversion]] from the reality, [[http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-07-27/world/35267252_1_sexual-exploitation-marisela-morales-cartels where the majority of such kidnappings are]] of ''Mexican'' women to be sold in the US. As the host of ''ExtraCredits'' [[http://extra-credits.net/episodes/call-of-juarez-the-cartel/ points out]], doing the former would paint a ''huge'' bulls-eye on the cartels for US law enforcement agencies.
** Another bit in the game that ''ExtraCredits'' called out was an achievement called "Bad Guy" - one of the standard "Kill X enemies" achievements. What pushes it into this territory, though, is the name, ''and'' it's the only "Kill X Enemies" achievement in the game, ''and'' it happens to take place in a level where the only enemies are black gang members that the protagonists had incited to violence through a FalseFlagOperation.
* Shortly after the release of ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', a game where you write words into a magical notepad in order to make a corresponding object appear and use these items to solve puzzles, [[http://www.destructoid.com/scribblenauts-caught-in-sambo-racism-controversy-148940.phtml some controversy]] was caused when it was discovered that writing "Sambo", a derogatory term for black people, would cause a watermelon, which is often stereotypically associated with black people, to appear. The creators clarified that this was not because of racism, but because there is a fruit called sambo that resembles a watermelon, and the game often reuses graphics for similar-looking objects.
* Digging into the files of ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' reveals the names for the special abilities for each character. One of Purna's is "gender wars" which allows her to deal more damage to males. However it was discovered this particular ability was before release [[http://kotaku.com/5838387/dead-island-maker-gives-leading-lady-a-feminist-whore-skill named by one of the developers ''feminist whore.'']] This little joke from one of the programmers was something developers Deep Silver were sorry had been missed and sent out with initial copies of the game.
* Avoided in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': a Bad Moon-only adventure where your character falls into some tar is titled [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/A_Potentially_Offensive_Reference_Has_Been_Carefully_Avoided_Here "A Potentially Offensive Reference Has Been Carefully Avoided Here"]].[[note]]If you're curious, it's likely that the reference in question is the "Tar Baby" from the tales of Br'er Rabbit.[[/note]]
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] is one of the most iconic damsels in distress in all of pop culture, and has been subject to heaps of feminist analysis and criticism because of that. And then came ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', where she finally gets to be the main protagonist...and she has powers based on ''mood swings''. As ''WebVideo/GameTheory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_xbSMK390s put it]], "Way to go, Creator/{{Nintendo}}: you make the girl a hero, and you give her the power of PMS!"
* The "pawns" system in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' has drawn comparisons to pimping. Let this quote from the ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/5932-Dragons-Dogma review]] explain:
--> "...for adventuring purposes, you can also enlist two additional sidekicks who are the main sidekicks of other players elsewhere in the world. [...] When you're finished with them, you give them a little present and send them back to their owner with a fond slap on the bum. You even have to rate them like you're filling in a time sheet for a temp agency. It creates motivation to make sure your sidekick has the best equipment and skills [...] so they'll be more likely to be hired by other players, acquire experience, bring you back presents, and -- ''wait a minute!'' Am I ''pimping?''\\
Once that thought occurred to me, I just couldn't shake it off. [...] 'No, it's alright,' says the game. 'They're not actually intelligent free-willed human beings, they're pawns, a sort of magical human slave race who look a lot ''like'' humans but actually don't have minds of their own.' Oh, even better! Now we're pimping the mentally subnormal!"
* ''Videogame/AvalonCode''. The only character (other than the BigBad) to be KilledOffForReal -- through a spiteful BackstabBackfire KarmicDeath, no less -- is [[spoiler:Olly]], who is designed as [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121103022539/avaloncode/images/thumb/1/11/Olly.png/180px-Olly.png stereotypically ugly.]] (They are, of course, [[BeautyEqualsGoodness evil]].) Everyone else gets a DisneyDeath or otherwise miraculous survival. [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] Didja Redo did not like this, frequently criticizing the game's usage of BeautyEqualsGoodness in [[http://lparchive.org/Avalon-Code/Update%2026/ his rewrite]] and [[http://lparchive.org/Avalon-Code/Update%2068/ explicitly mocking it in his runthrough of the real game:]]
-->"By the time we were told [[spoiler:the tornado victim]] [[DeathIsCheap could be revived]], I'm sure we were all expecting everyone to survive. This game does not have the moxie to kill someone 100% indisputably dead. [picture of [[spoiler:Olly]]'s death] PROVIDED THEY AREN'T TOO UGLY."
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' doesn't exactly treat non-americans very well. Most of the mooks in the first two games are ethnic minorities (for bonus points, a few of them are also portrayed as stupid and superstitious), and Nathan is the only one ever capable of doing any actual treasure-hunting or clue-solving. Additionally, in the first game, every protagonist is white, and almost every antagonist is...not, with the exception of the EvilBrit. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/27-Uncharted-Drakes-Fortune Yahtzee sums it up pretty well.]]
* There has been some controversy about the character Sarah in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. Sarah is a teenage girl who is implied to [[AmbiguousDisorder have some form of disorder]]. She is portrayed as TheLoad, and [[spoiler:is killed off in the fourth episode of Season 2]]. In an interview two Telltale game employees admitted that many people in the office (as well [[TheScrappy the fandom]]) was excited [[spoiler:to kill her off]]. [[http://lillycaul.tumblr.com/post/94359921967/on-telltale-games-ableist-treatment-of-sarah See this blog post]] both on the implications of her treatment by the game designers and the fandom for further details.
* Two robot masters were introduced in ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'' as two new bosses Mega Man had to face before challenging Dr. Wily. One of them is Oil Man, whose original design made him resemble someone in {{blackface}}. Naturally, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/oil-man/3005-3325/ this attracted some controversy]]. Therefore, international versions of the game attempted to lighten his colors in an attempt to make it more appealing to western audiences, and when he appeared in Archie's ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comic, he donned a scarf over his mouth in an attempt to hide the resemblance.
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* This was invoked purposefully on one occasion by ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. When Bahamut decides that Red Mage and Black Mage are Fighter's slaves, and Fighter starts referring to Red Mage as Red Slave, Black Mage points out that this would make him Black Sla--[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/06/30/episode-570-incredibly-inappropriate/ GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBODY!]]
* ''Webcomic/JackDavidHopkins'':
** The comic has been criticized for implying that [[http://kate-comics.tumblr.com/post/60353318106 rape is inherently a good thing]] because the loss of innocence forces a soul to grow and change.
** Its [[AuthorTract unyielding pro-life themes]] fall under BabiesMakeEverythingBetter, to the point that it excuses rape because motherhood is the [[http://kate-comics.tumblr.com/post/87297762846/jack-tells-fnar-that-his-mother-would-have-been-a-good only way ever suggested to save a woman's soul]].
* ''WebComic/MenageA3'': Zii has a habit of tossing people into sexual situations and otherwise violating personal boundaries willy-nilly. The audience is apparently supposed to be on her side, and she was never punished for it for a long time. (To be fair, the comic shows a disregard verging on contempt for the concept of {{karma}} for anyone.) This is in addition to a lot of fanservice and some stereotyping in the comic generally. For more detail, see [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/M%C3%A9nage_%C3%A0_3 these]] [[http://agoutirex.livejournal.com/142290.html reviews]]. However, things grew a little more nuanced as the plot continued, as one of Zii's conquests turned into a comedy StalkerWithACrush who was largely responsible for her first serious relationship for years crashing and burning.
* ''Moon Over June'' is [[http://forsakenwebcomics.blogspot.com/2011/04/warning-this-comic-is-very-nsfw-unless.html pretty]] [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Moon_Over_June notorious]] in general and there's very little about its plot that ''doesn't'' carry unfortunate implications; the most commonly cited ones are Hatsuki's ability to 'try out' eating disorders and her deciding to become a lesbian to piss off her parents, Summer having such extreme misandry as to seriously consider putting any son she may end up having up for adoption, and Summer's [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale career as a gynecologist being solely based on her desire to grope vaginas all day, which is totally fine]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' lampshades this trope in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=850 this strip.]]
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'': Ruby has a degree-level education, is looking for an appropriate job, and considers this a higher priority than dating. She's also a screaming neurotic who seems permanently stressed out, and the best advice receives in her job search relates to how she should dress. Amber is a former porn actress who got her current job (and her apartment) by sexually manipulating a man; she's also relatively well-balanced and comfortable with her life. This has inspired [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=14959&start=15#p490046 some]] [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=14959&start=30#p490144 comment]] on the comic's discussion boards; Readers think that the comic is implying that women who seek to get an education and use it to earn a good living are doomed to be desperate virgins who need to get laid, and the best way for a woman to get on in the world is to exploit her appearance and sexuality.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', possibly the ravings of an unapologetic [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2011/07/thomas_the_imperialist_tank_engine.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_plugin_activity British imperialist]]. To summarize, it is extremely clear in some episodes/stories that the Engines are gentlemen (notably reporting to a knight) and the trucks and coaches are lower classes. Whether this is just TranslationConvention or meant to be indicative, it is a very strongly British and quite rigid class system.
** It's worth noting that, as clearly articulated by the article cited, the original ''Railway Series'' stories being begun in 1943 and set in the Age of Steam doesn't exempt it in terms of ValuesDissonance (with subsequent GrandfatherClause): its setting on the fictional Island of Sodor seems to have been a deliberate attempt to isolate the setting from the modernizing influences of the mainland.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has taken a lot of flak for how it's portrayed fidelity in a relationship, among other problems. [[http://princessvsperil.com/2013/10/16/lok-exgirlfriend/ These]] [[http://princessvsperil.com/2013/11/18/lok-girlfriend-worse/ two]] articles examine how the show portrays ex-girlfriends as destructive grudge holders in comparison to their rational male counterparts who manage to move on from the relationship without any fuss on their part. They also explore how whenever a male is seemingly shown to be in a relationship, they don't hesitate to make a move on their exes when the opportunity presents itself, and them being dishonest about their status is either never acknowledged or EasilyForgiven.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a show that tries to present a positive image of the LGBT community; however, it tends to rely on old stereotypes to tell jokes, which some people find offensive. A good example would be in the episode "Quagmire's Dad", where Quagmire's father undergoes a sex-change operation. Despite Creator/SethMacFarlane claiming that the episode would be "the most sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character that has ever been on television", [[http://www.thebacklot.com/is-family-guys-seth-macfarlane-a-complete-idiot/05/2010/ the episode features jokes like Brian puking for 30 seconds after finding out Ida is transsexual, characters using pronouns like 'it' to refer to Ida, and comparing transgender people to sex offenders]].
** The show also likes to make "edgy" jokes involving racial, ethnic, gender, religious, disabled, deathly ill, abused, suicidal, etc. stereotypes. Sometimes these are clever and/or subversive, mocking cultural biases and assumptions. Other times it seems like they are just presenting the stereotype itself as if that ''is'' the joke (ie. the Jewish character Mort Goldman, or anything involving Islam and Arabs). [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Family_Guy An extensive list can be found here]].
** [[http://whatculture.com/tv/5-reasons-why-family-guy-needs-to-be-axed.php/4 This article]] further shows this, claiming that one of the most hated episodes," Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", "basically does little else than espouse the viewpoint that all religious people are intolerant cretins".
* {{MTV}}2's short-lived animated TV series ''Where My Dogs At'' had come under fire when one episode had shown [[http://www.africanamerica.org/topic/black-women-on-dog-leashes-defecating-on-the-flooronly-on-mtv?reply=128788938051861479 a Snoop Dogg character leading two black women around on leashes, where they proceeded to have mannerisms similar to dogs such as squatting down on their hands and knees and defecating on the floor.]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes: The issues in the cartoons covered by this [[http://best-of-imgur.tumblr.com/image/84618682778 disclaimer]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had gone through some controversy regarding the character of [[http://www.mylittleponynews.com/2012/02/derpy-hooves-controversy.html Derpy Hooves]] that many viewers felt that her character was making fun of people with disabilities.
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* [[http://psychcentral.com/lib/medias-damaging-depictions-of-mental-illness/0002220 Media in general]] [[http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/facts_violence.php doesn't portray mental illness much better than comics]], which perpetuates bigoted stereotypes, misconceptions, fear, hate, abuse, violation, and mistreatment.
* Typographical example: Anytime the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuland Neuland]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithos Lithos]] typefaces are used in reference to African or other foreign cultures, which are virtually their only appearances since the turn of the century. The use of those two is done to evoke a "primitive" or "uncultured" feel, regardless of the true situation. [[http://blog.linedandunlined.com/post/404938892/new-black-face-neuland-and-lithos-as-stereotypography More info on the topic.]]
** Likewise, the use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonton_font Wonton fonts]] to represent Chinese/Japanese cultures remains controversial.
* The blog [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/ Sociological Images]] points out unfortunate implications in other media.
* Elementary schools in Gwinnett County, Georgia apparently asked kids some rather offensive [[http://news.yahoo.com/fred-got-two-beatings-per-day-homework-asks-230717586--abc-news.html math word problems.]] The questions include such gems as "Each tree has 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?", "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?" and yet another asks how much cotton Fredrick picks in a day. The school district claims it's to teach kids history, but if so, it's very poorly handled.
* In the mid-nineties, Reebok came under fire for [[http://www.snopes.com/business/market/incubus.asp producing a shoe called the Incubus]] - a shoe marketed to women no less. Apparently someone in marketing submitted it as a potential name [[RuleOfCool because it was a non-trademarked word that sounded cool]], and the company didn't do the research that would have revealed that they were about to sell a women's athletic shoe named after male HornyDevils. The company quickly apologized and recalled the product when this came to their attention.
* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'': The idea behind the argument that Mattie Ross is not a feminist character (because she promotes more socially-accepted "masculine values" of revenge and violence as opposed to "feminine values" of cooperation and peace) is actually a much more contentious one in feminist circles than Anita Sarkeesian makes it seem. While certainly, the idea that promoting "feminine values" is an essential feminist goal has its supporters (most notably, Harvard sociologist and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_feminism cultural feminist]] Carol Gilligan in her book In A Different Voice), [[http://www.scribd.com/doc/114209547/Feminist-Legal-Theory-and-the-Rights-of-Women there are other feminists]] who disagree, notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Tavris egalitarian feminist Carol Tavris]] in ''The Mismeasure of Women", with one of the big reasons being this trope, and the concurrent one of MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication. For starters, many would consider Sarkeesian to be denying Mattie's agency by assuming that she a) only has these values to get along in a "man's world" and b) has never questioned them (questioning ≠ abandoning). Additionally, many feminists would also say there is a downside to the more "feminine," cooperative values - such as meekness and submission - which result in women who adopt them having less power and influence, which ultimately hurts women more than it helps them.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' co-creator Jeffrey Cranor [[http://happierman.tumblr.com/post/69936379508/ch-ch-ch-ch-changes-or-who-is-carlos announced on Tumblr]] that he was retiring from his role (albeit uncredited) as the voice of Carlos the Scientist in order to avert this trope: "It sucks that there’s a white straight male (me), playing a gay man of color (Carlos). Look, I know it’s a voiceover, but it’s not just that. We do live stage shows, and that’s a visible role for a [=PoC=]." He felt he was preventing a less privileged actor from getting exposure, so the role was recast with Dylan Marron, a gay Latino member of Cranor's Neo-Futurist performance art circle.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was heavily [[http://henshinjustice.com/2013/08/07/nostalgia-critic-takes-a-stab-at-sailor-moon/ criticized]] for being sexist. The article goes into detail about how Usagi shouldn't be called stupid, cowardly or slutty, and how the message of girls accepting their sexuality and femininity was lost on him.
** The same review got another [[http://shojopower.com/blame-it-on-the-sluts-nostalgia-critics-review-of-sailor-moon/ article]] about how it was filled with UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming. The author dedicated a special section of scorn for the [[NeverLiveItDown dick-talking scene]].
* The [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Epcot]] ride ''Habit Heroes'' was [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/disney-habit-heroes-anti-obesity-disney-world-epcot_n_1299664.html heavily criticized]] for fat-shaming, as it focused on literally fighting obesity. The article also notes that one of the "villains" seen in the old attraction's site was an embodiment of ''insecurity''. Yes, insecurity is a bad habit that must be cured like a sweet tooth or excessively gossiping. Thankfully, Disney closed the ride and remodeled it to be a bit gentler, to a much warmer reception.
* Some aspects of the RapeAsBackstory trope [[http://www.shakesville.com/2012/06/rape-turns-ladies-into-superheroes.html have been criticized]] for this, especially where the concept of the "badass rape victim" is concerned, namely that it implicitly condones rape as a means of improving women, and credits rapists with the victim's heroism.
** Lately for exactly this reason ComicBook/RedSonja, a prominent comic example for RapeAsBackstory, had to be given a retcon to avoid this. [[http://www.dynamite.com/boards/showthread.php?4121-Red-Sonja-no-longer-has-the-oath Some discussion.]]
* Autism Speaks [[http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt129891.html is often]] criticized and called out for how it portrays autism in its [=PSAs=] and programs; specifically how it seems to treat autism as a ''disease'' that needs to be purged, rather than a mental/emotional issue, portraying those with autism as nothing but [[TheRainman Rainman style figures]] or useless wastes of space waiting for a "cure" to their condition. This is the reason it's often considered an {{acceptable target|s}} on the internet (especially on Tumblr, where the sheer mention of Autism Speaks can be a BerserkButton).
** The anti-vaccination movement has the exact same problem. One of their arguments against vaccines is [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Anti-vaccination_movement#Autism a many-times debunked link between receiving vaccines and autism]] - which can be taken as them saying that having autism is literally a FateWorseThanDeath.
* TIME Magazine has [[http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/laverne-cox-lupita-nyongo-time-100-snub/ come under fire]], being variously accused of racism and transmisogyny, because of their decision to not include Creator/LupitaNyongo and [[http://www.lavernecox.com/ Laverne Cox]] on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in 2014, despite both of them getting many more votes in their favor than most of the other people who did end up on the list.
* [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kids-clothing-line-fire-monkey-t-shirt-article-1.1861138 The "Add a Kid" line of kids' clothing]] has attracted some controversy: the main premise of the line is that there is a picture of a headless character printed on the shirt, so that when a kid wears it it looks like his or her head is on the character's body. In order to illustrate this, the shirts had cardboard cutouts that had photos of kids printed on them while in stores. The controversy occured when one of the shirts with a monkey's body was paired with an african-american child, unintentionally referencing the "black people are monkeys" stereotype.
* [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/27/343666058/fashion-retailer-zara-pulls-kids-shirt-resembling-concentration-camp-uniform Zara]], a fashion retailer, pulled its line of kids' shirts with a yellow "Sheriff's Star" on the front because its black and white stripes looked like a concentration camp uniform.
* Urban Outfitters [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2756481/Urban-Outfitters-fire-selling-blood-splattered-Kent-State-sweater-sick-reference-1970-massacre.html took some heat]] when they released a "vintage" Kent State sweater, the dye job for which makes it look like it was spattered with blood [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings and reminded people of the shooting of 4 students by the National Guard in 1970]]. Urban Outfitters quickly pulled the shirts after this was pointed out but not before they were called tasteless.
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