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->''"I'm amazed sometimes at the subtext that writers don't spot in their own work."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/DiamandaHagan'''

The media to which Wiki/TVTropes is devoted ''generally'' exhibit greater sensitivity now than in the past. Despite this, sometimes something appears that... ''raises eyebrows''. Even when authors are being careful with story elements, it is impossible for them to know every single person in the world's opinion or how certain tropes may be construed as [[BerserkButton offensive]]. Especially when you consider just how diverse human beings really are. When a work's content offends a large enough audiences in a way that the author did not expect, you get this.

This is a highly subjective AudienceReaction, and since in the past this page became bogged down in arguments about some tropers believing that concerns about such matters simply relate to PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, and other tropers -- seeing the entire "political correctness" argument as a plausibly deniable defense of racism -- 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's thinking'''. Citations are done as follows:
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* The citation needs to record the opinions of several people; a citation that mentions only one person isn't enough.
* The citation ''should'' be in a reputable source. We'd prefer you cite something a bit more formal than someone's Tumblr blog. Anyone can write a blog post and then call it a "citation".
* Also, citations stuck behind paywalls or mandatory logins don't count. If people can't see your proof, then it doesn't prove much.

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.

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. If unfortunate implications are caused for the modern audience by once innocent words changing meaning over time, it's HaveAGayOldTime.

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 SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes, especially those that seemingly blame a victim for their own assault.
* Allusions to historical atrocities, such as slavery and the Holocaust.
* 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.
* Mockery of UnacceptableTargets and OnceAcceptableTargets, as well as undeserving AcceptableTargets.
* Glorification of widely reviled cultural figures.

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* AllGaysArePedophiles [[http://web.archive.org/web/20130515014707/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://web.archive.org/web/20141019135005/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/]]
* InsaneEqualsViolent [[http://psychcentral.com/lib/medias-damaging-depictions-of-mental-illness/0002220]]
* MadonnaWhoreComplex [[http://psychistofwomen.umwblogs.org/sexuality/]]
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome]] (although this trope can be discussed in relation to gender, it is less focused on than its racial aspects)
* MonochromeCasting [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13259018840A38188900&page=0]]
* RepressiveButEfficient [[http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp]]
* SassyBlackWoman [[http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/sapphire/]]
* WhiteMansBurden [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Man%27s_Burden]]



* [[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]].
* 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 [[{{Pun}} "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.]]
* An ad campaign from ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' aimed at women used its traditional brand of quirky humor when it said on the front, "Why should women read ''The Economist''? 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://pt.slideshare.net/magazinespuntnl/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.]]
* Cravendale had an advert in which an angry bull's black patches are removed, leaving it white and "pure". Naturally, there were complaints, [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/may/13/cravendale-milk-cows-cleared-racism though the Advertising Standards Authority ultimately deemed it "unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence"]].
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming victim-blaming]].
* Pepsi: [[http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0502/Mountain-Dew-ad-pulled-Too-misogynist-and-racist This ad was made and then subsecuently pulled]] 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 [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt a black man]] and [[BestialityIsDepraved a goat]]. The fact that it played heavily on racist stereotypes and [[WouldHitAGirl violence against women]] as well, all PlayedForLaughs, didn't help matters.
* 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 him 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.foxnews.com/tech/2013/05/22/men-are-idiots-samsung-says.html were not lost on commentators]].
* [[http://archive.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/26/ikeaad.jpg An ill-conceived internet flyer]] from IKEA, the furniture store, demonizing goths as "creepy" and a "bad influence" [[http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=158401 didn't go down]] [[http://gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?p=85 too well]] [[http://gothic.net/boards/showthread.php?t=6341 with the subculture.]] 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. Supporters have pointed out that the poor and gay characters in the ads are depicting a realistic example, and it's only the audience who assumes that they weren't poor or gay to begin with, but most of them depict at least upper-middle-class teenagers, often girls, from good families, and the ads that reference male homosexuality depict it as predatory and abusive.
* In 2011, Israel's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption released a [[http://news.nationalpost.com/news/insulting-ads-pulled-by-israeli-ministry#__federated=1 series of ads]] targeting Israeli expatriates in America to encourage them to return home. They depicted Jewish Americans as ignorant of Jewish history and culture, while their patient and intelligent Israeli partners or family members struggled in vain to educate them. The ads seemed to imply that Israeli Jews are the only "real" Jews, that the world outside Israel is a godless wasteland, and that American or secular Jews (or Americans of any type, for that matter) are dumb and will lead Israelis astray. Needless to say, many Jewish Americans found this deeply insulting and the ads were pulled. Might also be a case of YouAreWhatYouHate, since many of the earliest official Israeli citizens were American-born.
* 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.
* [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kids-clothing-line-fire-monkey-t-shirt-article-1.1861138 The "Add a Kid" line of kids' clothing]] 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 occurred 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.
* A 2015 Coca-Cola Christmas ad [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/05/coca-cola-mexico-ad-indigenous-people came heavily]] [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/coca-cola-pulls-mexican-ad-accusations-racism-article-1.2457471 under fire]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3349418/Coca-Cola-forced-pull-colonist-Christmas-ad-Mexico-amid-outrage-white-hipsters-descending-indigenous-community-soda.html for this]]. In it, a group of white teens are seen traveling to an indigenous Mexican village with the intention of spreading Christmas joy; they give away bottles of Coke to the sad-looking natives and build them a Christmas tree made out of soda bottles. The ad was widely panned for its WhiteMansBurden theme and was immediately pulled.
* The 2015 [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/nov/11/bloomingdales-apologizes-holiday-ad-date-rape-joke Bloomingdale's Christmas Catalog]] advised readers to "[[SlippingAMickey Spike your best friend’s eggnog]] when they’re not looking." That line, coupled with the image of a man staring intently at a woman who doesn't appear to notice him, caused an uproar as many people saw it as making light of, or even going as far as encouraging, DateRape. Bloomingdale's subsequently apologized for the gaffe, but were unable to pull it, as all copies of the print catalog had already been sent out.
* An InUniverse variant of this happens in ''Series/MadMen'' where Don Draper's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QXjOQjVmQ Hawaii ad]] unintentionally invokes the idea of Hawaii as a suicide destination, which his colleagues and the client have to point out.
* The WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic has a series of videos where he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wJt3ayD1Rc reviews old commercials.]] One of these features a Toys-R-Us ad from 1996. It showcases kids from an older ad and then shows them 20 years older. The unfortunate implication here is that these people [[ManChild never did grow up.]]
* The Red Cross had to issue an apology when a pool [[http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/racist-pool-safety-poster-brings-red-cross-apology-n596816 safety poster]] showed the lighter-toned characters acting safely and following the rules, while the ones painted with darker skin tones were the ones breaking the rules.
* A series of blood donation [=PSAs=] talked about people who tried to do something about a social issue, only for it to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero end up exacerbating the problem]]. E.g. a man discovers his letter-writing campaign about sweatshops has led to increased use of child labor ''and'' deforestation from all the paper; or an activist takes down a company that was polluting a town and making people sick, but now the whole town is unemployed and no one has health insurance. The message was that giving blood is a much simpler way of doing good. These [=PSAs=] [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5161909 attracted]] [[http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2004/blood-donation/ some]] [[http://www.mothering.com/forum/14-activism-news/269278-ad-council-psa-s-re-giving-blood.html criticism]] for implying that social activism is a waste of time and only makes things worse.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73P9STckPLw A Pepsi ad]] from early 2017 shows a group of young people protesting over social issues and walking towards a line of police officers. Kendall Jenner, who is modeling nearby, decides to join the protest and offers a Pepsi to one of the police offers, eliciting a roar of applause from the protesters and apparently mending relations. Despite its intended message about peace, the [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/business/kendall-jenner-pepsi-ad.html ad was widely panned and pulled from television]] due to co-opting the very serious and controversial-at-the-time issue of {{police brutality}} and their protests to simply sell a product. Also rather disliked was the fact that rich, white, and privileged Kendall Jenner is the one to mend issues, while police brutality frequently targets poor and underprivileged minorities.
* [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/04/29/bud_light_s_no_means_up_for_whatever_the_worst_possible_slogan_for_a_beer.html Bud Light's infamous "remove no from your vocabulary" ad campaign]] was widely criticized for perpetuating rape culture. While "removing no from your vocabulary" was likely intended to mean that nobody would want to refuse to drink a Bud Light, it instead brought up implications of intoxicating a person and removing their ability to withhold consent to sex (legally, [[QuestionableConsent an intoxicated person cannot give consent to having sex]], so anyone who has sex with them is essentially raping them).

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* {{Defied|Trope}} by Creator/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.
* There has been criticism, such as in [[http://www.ign.com/blogs/assassinita/2014/10/04/one-piece-why-i-love-the-series-and-hate-its-pitfalls this IGN article]], of the sexualization of female characters in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Most of the female cast have roughly the same body type, with Barbie Doll-like proportions of wide hips, thin waists, and large breasts, and often similar faces as well. As well, the article mentions an incident where [[HandsomeLech Sanji]], who is supposed to be one of the sympathetic protagonists, is switched into the body of his crewmate Nami, on whom he has a crush, and takes the opportunity to sexually harass her with her own body. Both the other characters and seemingly the author treat this as a joke.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A large number of [[http://www.newsarama.com/8623-psychiatrists-call-out-dc-on-depictions-of-mentally-ill.html villains in comics]] [[https://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/facts_violence.php or otherwise]] suffer from mental illness, despite the fact that, in reality, the 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, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard 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 (a contradiction in terms), 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) [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming 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 Creator/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. [[http://historiesofthingstocome.blogspot.com/search/label/Terra 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 two later namesakes]], and the very unpleasant implications of her story.
* The now-infamous Avengers issue #200, in which [[ComicBook/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/{{the Avengers}} [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi 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.
** [[Creator/BobChipman 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 Creator/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://channelawesome.com/at4w-the-avengers-200/ had a field day with this issue.]] He ended up calling it the worst comic he had reviewed (aside from ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'').
* 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 ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7RSRtc3N_8 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'."
* The December 2014 issue of ''[[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2011}} Batgirl]]'' had the heroine confront a villain who tried to build up his popularity by going around dressing himself up as Batgirl and plays it as a textbook UnsettlingGenderReveal with Batgirl being shocked. Naturally, some fans were quite livid over this, and the creators (though not DC Comics) [[http://www.newsarama.com/23011-batgirl-creators-apologize-in-the-wake-of-transgender-controversy.html issued an apology over it]]. Made worse by the fact that [[Creator/GailSimone the previous writer]] had made headlines when she introduced a sympathetic trans woman to the cast who was promptly sidelined by the new creative team despite their earlier statements this wouldn't happen.
* One of the more famous racial controversies in 2000s comics related to the death of Ryan Choi, Comicbook/TheAtom, who was graphically killed by Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} and his shrunken corpse sent to his ArchNemesis in the mail. Ryan had taken up the mantle of the Atom after his white predecessor, Ray Palmer, went into seclusion after discovering his ex-wife was a murderer; Ray returned during ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' but let Ryan hold onto the mantle, before retaking it during ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', with Ryan being [[LegacyImplosion killed almost immediately after this happened]]. [[http://comicsalliance.com/the-racial-politics-of-regressive-storytelling/ This]] well-known essay addresses the controversy, calling it a symptom of a greater problem of writers wishing to write characters they were fans of as kids, most of whom are white, and as such killing off or [[DemotedToExtra demoting to extra]] their successors. The essay does not accuse the writers of racism, merely shortsightedness, but points out that this shortsightedness tends to result in uncomfortable trends.
* Website/TheAgonyBooth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/How_The_Killing_Joke_Ruined_Batgirl.aspx was very critical]] of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' for its StuffedIntoTheFridge treatment of Batgirl, serving only as a helpless victim to the story. They were particularly bothered by its original anniversary cover, which depicted SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker menacing a terrified Batgirl, with a Joker smile forcibly painted on her face, [[DracoInLeatherPants which they believed glorified him]].
* ComicBook/RedSonja, a prominent comic example for RapeAsBackstory, had to be given a retcon to avoid this trope. [[http://www.dynamite.com/boards/showthread.php?4121-Red-Sonja-no-longer-has-the-oath Some discussion.]]
* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague3000'', Guy Gardner is transformed into a woman. The handling of Guy's situation has been [[http://www.themarysue.com/how-to-fix-justice-league-3001s-ongoing-transphobia/ accused of transphobia]], primarily due to the CriticalResearchFailure that suggests that having female hormones ''alone'' would make him behave like a female (and think like one) despite identifying as male; that his constant shock at this is PlayedForLaughs does not help things in the least.
* [[NeverLiveItDown Hank Pym striking his wife.]] Jim Shooter [[http://www.jimshooter.com/2011/03/hank-pym-was-not-wife-beater.html intended for this]] to be the culmination of Pym's [[HeroicBSOD mental breakdown]]. This scene has stuck on Pym, however, with writers going back and forth whether to reunite the two explicitly because of this trope.
* In 2015, Marvel Comics announced a storyline focusing on a conflict between the Comicbook/XMen and Comicbook/TheInhumans, which has been framed as a conflict between two oppressed minorities. [[http://comicsalliance.com/super-inhumans-vs-mutants As this article mentions]], this is not without some problems, because whereas mutants have long served as metaphors for LGBT individuals and other minorities, the Inhumans have long had an elitist, eugenicist bent, and for most of their history have largely been white.
** [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/12/15/run-lose-fight-choices-ivx-queer-perspective/ As this editorial explains,]] things have gotten worse in 2016 with the ''ComicBook/InhumansVsXMen'' comic, with the reveal that the Inhumans' Terrigen Mist is actually gassing mutants to death, and the only peaceful solutions mutants have are to either let the gas kill them, go into hiding, or get "cured" by gene therapy that will [[BroughtDownToNormal remove their powers]].
* In ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'', writer Benjamin Percy introduced the Lukos virus as a scientific explanation for lycanthropy. Percy's stated intent was to use people turning into werewolves and the people who rise up to kill them as a metaphor for the conflict between HIV/AIDS patients and anti-gay activists. [[http://www.newnownext.com/green-arrow-has-werewolf-aids-seriously/10/2015/ Multiple]] [[http://tessatechaitea.tumblr.com/post/130942538078/green-arrow-annual-1 critics]] pointed out that the metaphor was "clumsy and unsettling", since the werewolf people, once infected, are unable to control their impulses without medication. As such, the "bigots" who were trying to protect themselves from a plague that turns people into violent monsters are more sympathetic than the focus character, who acquires the Lukos virus after a night of unprotected sex.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'':
** Rick Remender's run on ''Captain America'' [[http://www.therainbowhub.com/why-rick-remender-needs-to-stop/ was criticized]], especially for its handling of women. Of its two major female characters, Cap's love interest Sharon Carter and new teenage heroine Jet Black, the former is killed off to make Steve feel bad and is mourned only for her role in Steve's life (she gets better), and the latter is [[FanDisservice uncomfortably sexualized for her young age]]. Later, Jet Black (introduced as a young teenager) sleeps with ComicBook/TheFalcon, who is very much an adult; [[PlotRelevantAgeUp Jet had experienced an age-up to 23]] via [[YearOutsideHourInside time dilation]], but the comic did not make this very clear (it didn't help that she was drawn more-or-less the same way, making the whole thing look like statutory rape). The article directs additional criticism at [[YellowPeril Communist Chinese villain Iron Nail]] and the {{retcon}} of Cap's father into being an [[DomesticAbuse abusive drunk]].
** The first issue of Nick Spencer's run generated an enormous backlash, to say the least. While absolutely no-one expects this to actually stick, [[spoiler:Steve un-ironically going "Hail Hydra" is regarded as lazy, shock-value "storytelling" at best. [[http://panels.net/2016/05/26/on-steve-rogers-1-antisemitism-and-publicity-stunts/ At worst, it's been called an insult to Cap's original creators (both of whom were Jewish and writing at a time when expressing anti-Nazi and anti-Hitler sentiments got them death threats)]] given the origins of [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] [=HYDRA=] (which is what most people will be familiar with)]]. To make matters worse, [[http://www.newsarama.com/29488-no-captain-america-is-not-a-nazi-looking-at-hydras-true-nature.html an article trying to explain HYDRA]] didn't do wonders either, as they tried to say "Cap isn't a Nazi, he's just a fascist!", [[DistinctionWithoutADifference as if it was a better option]]. [[spoiler:While it was revealed in the following issue to be the result of a RealityWarper, many still found it lazy shock value and were angry at Spencer for lying about it in interviews and social media to drum up attention. The revelation that the "evil HYDRA Sleeper Steve" was the actual "real" Captain America and the "good" Cap was the result of ''another'' cosmic {{Retcon}} and that coming up for the new ''Secret Empire'' arc he's pulling an EvilerThanThou on ''the Red Skull himself'' [[http://www.cbr.com/secret-empire-captain-america-villain/ has left quite a lot of people shocked, to say the least. The fact that the [=FCBD=] comic shows Hydra Cap lifting Mjolnir after being deemed worthy by it has not helped, at all]].]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' newspaper comic strip had [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/55221/10-controversies-caused-nicktoons caused some controversy]] for featuring a scene where Tommy Pickles was wondering about the true meaning of a traditional Hebrew mourning hymn while attending a Synagogue with Grandpa Boris. Many readers had accused the comic strip of showing Antisemitism as the strip seemed to be patronizing such a solemn prayer. Also, readers had complained about how Grandpa Boris seemed to be shown as a stereotypical Nazi-era depiction of Jews.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* 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 rape}}d'' 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 [[HeelFaceBrainwashing 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 (a.k.a. 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.]]
* Anthony Pryor [[http://www.anthonypryor.com/?p=1834 points out in]] his review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' that the director's words that the film's conflict between [[AlwaysLawfulGood good]] [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] {{mutants}} is supposed to represent [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict a real-life conflict in Israel]] gives bad implications. The BigBad seemingly being [[InTheBlood born]] hideous and evil is also pointed as potentially giving a bad message.
* 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 (as opposed to just being human and not ''horses'') and the fact that the girls have been given ridiculously thin bodies that reinforce the stereotypical and unrealistic idea of beauty.
* 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. Although three were voiced by actual black singers, one was voiced by a white actor doing a comically broad, deep voice - without mentioning that their leader is named [[PunnyName Jim]]! 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 (but also clever and witty). Oddly enough, this also overlaps with FairForItsDay because the crows are the only other characters in the film that treat Dumbo decently. Less known, but more problematic, is the Roustabout musical sequence, which features obviously African-American laborers working almost entirely in shadow and singing about what drunken layabouts they are.
* The villains of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' are "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_(automobile) lemons]]", cars with hindering defects who are mocked by the good guys. They target the race cars of the World Grand Prix to make the car world's greatest athletes feel as crippled as them. As one ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21684_5-kids-movie-universes-with-horrifying-implications.html points out]], this carries the dark real-world implication that disabled people are evil and deserve to be mocked by "normal" people.
* 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".
* Defied by the makers of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' where orangutan King Louie was originally intended to be played by Music/LouisArmstrong (a fact made fairly obvious by his name) but they realized that casting a black actor as an ape (who sings a song about how he wants to be human) could be seen as this, so they chose Sicilian-American [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Prima Louis Prima]] [[https://www.yahoo.com/movies/bp/can-disney-s-new--jungle-book--overcome-the-story-s-racist-perceptions-211742065.html instead]], which incidentally kept TheDanza aspect of the original choice. However, critics have pointed out that the ethnicity of Louie's voice actor is irrelevant because [[http://continuumjournal.org/index.php/33-volumes/issues/vol-1-no-2-amiri-baraka-revaluation-and-appreciation/vol-1-no-2-content/ysc-1-2/94-perceptions-of-race-in-three-generations-of-the-jungle-book%20this%20is%20kind%20of%20racist the characterisation of Louie himself still draws on stereotypes about African-Americans]].
* Averting this reaction [[http://blogs.disney.com/insider/2015/06/22/imaginary-friends-gloopy-gloom-and-scary-balloon-animals-what-was-left-out-of-inside-out/ caused a major character to be removed]] from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. Originally, Riley Andersen's depression was going to be personified as a new emotion named Gloom, who would've served as the BigBad, but the writers realized that the way this character was going came uncomfortably close to outright demonizing depression sufferers and made the call to cut him. As a result, ''Inside Out'' became the first Pixar film to have NoAntagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has been compared to [[https://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/812-the-slippery-politics-of-the-incredibles-and-other/ the works of Ayn Rand]] and has an in-universe demonstration of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=366wq306duA Nietzsche's concept of Herd Morality]]. It doesn't help that the villain ''does'' have a widely-recognized superpower (superintelligence and tech genius, of the ComicBook/IronMan variety), but in-universe, he's considered a disgruntled [[{{Muggle}} mundane]] because he had to actually work for his powers where ''real'' supers' gifts are natural and effortless.
* Upon its release, ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' came [[http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-10/entertainment/ca-11747_1_altered-lyric under fire]] by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for the infamous lyric "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" in the opening song "Arabian Nights". The line was changed to "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense" for the VHS release.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Many]] [[WebVideo/JonTron internet]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpLFAfaxmv8 reviews]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Foodfight}}'' have pointed out that TheReveal that [[spoiler:Lady X is an old prune mascot]] implies that "ugliness = bad". And that's only one example of BeautyEqualsGoodness in a movie that consistently plays it straight (although you'd be hard-pressed to say that ''anyone'' in the movie is actually appealing, given the [[UncannyValley animation]]).

[[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 ''Film/{{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.]]
* {{Defied|Trope}} by Creator/JossWhedon in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. [[http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/09/secrets-revealed-in-joss-whedons-avengers-dvd-commnetary DVD commentary reveals]] that [[BadassBystander the old man]] who compares Loki to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] came about after Whedon realized what else a crowd of Germans [[KneelBeforeZod Kneeling Before Zod]] looked like. He also made sure that other people could be seen standing in the background while Captain America said his line about "a man standing above everybody else" so that Cap wouldn't be the one standing above everybody else.
* Consider the creepy hephebophilic themes in ''Franchise/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!"
* The movie ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'' had strong anti-Christian overtones (it involves the rise of Christianity... where they're treated as naïve upstarts, every Christian is either incompetent or cowardly and portrayed as ineffective and obstructive) that were blatant enough to make it likely the filmmakers were prejudiced against religion, particular Christianity and/or Christians, [[http://www.chud.com/community/t/105670/dragonslayer-1981/50.html which several fans and media outlets pointed out upon the film's release]]. The most egregious example is where the filmmakers took advantage of having the monster, the dragon Vermithrax, graphically kill one when he confronted the dragon, when he tried to cow it in the name of God and got burned to death for his troubles.
* Many Costa Ricans have a [[http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/06/13/costa-ricas-love-hate-relationship-jurassic-park love-hate relationship]] with ''Film/JurassicPark''. Many people felt offended because the movie depicts San Jose City as a backwards coastal town with Mexican motifs, chickens, and... well, a generic BananaRepublic, while in reality San Jose is located in the center of a valley and is a pretty cosmopolitan big city.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' examples:
** ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' had the Ewoks that helped the Rebels defeat the Empire [[RockBeatsLaser with little technological advancement]], which led to a mixed reception among modern 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 [[TakeThat casting Brits as]] [[EvilBrit 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.]]
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has been [[https://www.thestreet.com/story/13408065/1/despite-what-you-ve-heard-disney-s-star-wars-the-force-awakens-is-racist.html accused of racist undertones]] in the portrayal of Finn, stating alleged examples to be: the character's overall lack of effectiveness, his identity being decided by someone else, and his snubbing as a romantic lead.
** Around the release of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', sci-fi author Creator/DavidBrin [[http://www.davidbrin.com/nonfiction/starwars1.html penned a series of essays]] detailing a large number of [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop uncomfortable messages]] he felt the franchise sends, including "ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer," "Some people are just born better than others and [[{{Muggles}} the rest of us]] should defer to them for leadership," and "[[EasilyForgiven Absolutely any evil deed is forgivable]]."
* InUniverse example with ''Film/TropicThunder''. One of the actor characters, Kirk Lazarus, who is an {{expy}} of Heath Ledger, was cast in 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, criticizing him frequently for the action, as well as a news report noting the controversy. What makes this absurd is that Alpa himself is a stereotypical character, and even gets slapped by ''Kirk'' for taking it for granted that he (Alpa) has NWordPrivileges.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' attracted controversy for {{Race Lift}}ing, that is, [[spoiler:making Khan, an Indian Sikh character originally played by Hispanic actor Ricardo Montalban, into a white character played by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch]]. [[http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/star-trek-whiteness/ This article]] goes into detail about the problems with this casting change. It's worth noting that the film's crew actually thought they were avoiding Unfortunate Implications with the casting choice. They thought casting an ethnic actor as a brutal terrorist would have the same outcome. Instead, ironically, their decision to give him a RaceLift was viewed as being even more racist than just sticking to his original ethnicity, as many, [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales especially in the Sikh community who would have liked one of their own to get such a juicy role]], complained that it was pointless "white washing" of an iconic villain and a lame excuse to cast Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.
* 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]].
* Regarding ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', 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 it is a movie that tries to use the Civil Rights Era as a backdrop for the emerging mutant struggle... and then 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.
** Early billboard advertisements for ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/rose-mcgowan-calls-x-men-898538 came under fire]] due to the depiction of Apocalypse strangling Mystique alongside the tagline "only the strong will survive," with many accusing it of misogyny. Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox quickly [[AuthorsSavingThrow took note of this]] and apologized.
* ''Film/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.
* [[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 2000s, 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.
* Creator/TylerPerry's ''Temptation'' 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 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKSFMpPqxLY review]]. The implications of people being shot down in Florida certainly [[HarsherInHindsight haven't gotten any better]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Orlando_nightclub_shooting over the next few years]].
* The FreudianExcuse of the villain in ''Film/RockOfAges'' is that she was seduced and then abandoned by a rock star, [[WomanScorned 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. Creator/NoahAntwiler 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. Not helping matters was [[HarsherInHindsight the fact that it came out three years before the 9/11 attacks]].
-->"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 (although the actress portraying Noah's wife ''is'' part-Jewish) 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 [[spoiler:had accidentally killed seven people in a car accident.]] At the film's climax, [[spoiler: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://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35uayj took the film to task]] for this ending, believing it sends the message that there are situations where [[spoiler:committing suicide is justifiable, and moreso the implication that there are people who have screwed up their lives so badly that suicide is the ''optimal'' course of action.]] (This is also ValuesDissonance, as certain cultures would actually ''agree'' with that message.)
* In [[http://channelawesome.com/bad-movie-beatdown-the-texas-chainsaw-massacre-the-beginning/ his review]] of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning'', Film Brain objected to the torturous death given to the promiscuous Bailey; she is first tied up, then raped, then has her teeth pulled out, and finally has her [[SlashedThroat throat cut]] with a pair of dull scissors. As the rape was deliberately shot to resemble a scene for her having kinky, but consensual, sex earlier in the movie, Film Brain took it to mean the filmmakers [[SlutShaming felt she deserved this gruesome fate]].
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' drew criticism for its portrayal of civilized European-looking Greeks fighting against monstrous and dehumanized Persians played by African-American actors. Sources: [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2007/03/a_movie_only_a_spartan_could_love.html the Slate]], [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/mar/19/thereleaseofthebox the Guardian]], [[http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/37394 History news Network]].
* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'' drew criticism for similar reasons to the first. As once again all the heroes are a group of blue-eyed supermodels speaking in [[TheQueensLatin British accents]], all the villains dark-skinned Persians speaking in Middle Eastern accents, and this time the only [[TragicVillain sympathetic]] or [[VillainousValor competent]] Persian so happens to be the only Greek (i.e [[MightyWhitey European]]) woman within their ranks. Sources: [[http://time.com/17578/300-greece-persians-xerxes/ Time]]
* ''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 and even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FWfg__wKSY Honest Trailers]] asks: "Isn't he sort of raping that former child prostitute?"
* Creator/MNightShyamalan'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 giving a RaceLift to the protagonists, making all three of the main heroes (two of whom, Katara and Sokka, were AmbiguouslyBrown) white and the villains Indian (when they were actually among the paler characters in the show). The AbilityOverAppearance excuse used falls flat considering the [[DullSurprise very wooden acting]] of the leads.
* Creator/SachaBaronCohen‘s film ''Film/TheDictator'' was criticized [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/may/17/sacha-baron-cohen-dictator-sterotype many]] [[http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/opinion/obeidallah-sacha-cohen-movie/ times]] for portraying negative stereotypes of Arabs as many people felt that Sacha Baron Cohen’s character as the Dictator was highlighting the stereotypes against the Arab community, while comparing the performance to modern day MinstrelShows.
* There are a number of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sniper_%28film%29#Controversies controversies regarding]] ''Film/AmericanSniper'''s depiction of the Iraqi War, with plenty of accusations of racism directed at the depiction of Iraqis and further accusations of [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade washing over Chris Kyle's glorification of war, racism, and moral absolutism]], being utterly dismissive of those who didn't serve and being [[BloodKnight extremely proud of his deeds.]]
* Before it even began filming, Creator/AdamSandler's ''Ridiculous Six'' movie got bad press for racism and sexism, [[http://www.rawstory.com/2015/04/native-american-cast-leaves-adam-sandler-flick-nothing-has-changed-were-still-just-hollywood-indians with a Native American cast walking out on him]].
* One of the reasons why Creator/AdamSandler’s ''Film/JackAndJill'' was so heavily panned by the critics was due to how [[http://www.salon.com/2015/04/27/adam_sandlers_ugly_track_record_with_race_the_dumb_offensive_unfunny_movie_moments_that_came_before_the_ridiculous_six/ Mexican Americans]] were being portrayed in this film. One of the biggest [[http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/adam-sandler-native-american-racism-history/ criticisms]] regarding this was how Felipe, the family’s gardener, was making self-deprecating jokes about Mexican Americans throughout the film, which includes jokes about immigration.
* Sandler's 2015 film ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' was [[http://www.themarysue.com/spoiler-alert-pixels-is-terrible/ heavily criticized]] for being sexist. For instance, Michelle Monaghan's character is a decorated military officer, but nevertheless spends most of her screen time moping about her husband leaving her or making moon-eyes at Sandler's character, a down-on-his-luck repairman. Josh Gad's character's love interest is the protagonist of a [[FictionalDocument fictional video game]] come to life; she never speaks and is explicitly referred to as a "trophy" (i.e. an achievement in a video game) at one point.
* In one scene in ''Film/{{Lucy}},'' the titular Lucy shoots a perfectly innocent Taiwanese taxi driver, for no other reason than because he doesn't speak English. [[http://powderroom.jezebel.com/no-hollywood-ignore-lucy-please-1612177570 Many]] [[http://www.xojane.com/entertainment/the-problem-with-lucy-and-white-feminism people]] have called the film out on this.
* Salon.com [[http://www.salon.com/2009/08/11/16_candles/ was critical]] of the sexual politics of the films of Creator/JohnHughes in an article they wrote shortly after his death in 2009. In ''Film/SixteenCandles'', the male lead [[BlackComedyRape casually jokes about raping the]] AlphaBitch while she's drunk; he doesn't do this, but the AlphaBitch and the local nerd have a sexual encounter of QuestionableConsent later on [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization which is treated as okay because she liked it]]. Both the male characters here are supposed to be sympathetic. As well, in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', the character Cameron pretends to be unconscious at one point so he can watch his best friend's girlfriend naked.
** The same article also mentions ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' (though not by Hughes, it's from the same time period and has many of the same themes), which features an extremely-uncomfortable scene where [[RapeByFraud the hero has sex with a woman while pretending to be her boyfriend]]... and when she finds out, she's thrilled, as he was ''way'' better in the sack!
* ''Film/{{Spy}}'' is a comedy about a down-trodden woman succeeding in a man's world, specifically espionage. According to the [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/spy/review/ Daily Telegraph]], however:
--> But the film needs Susan to be a bit useless along the way, or it’s danger of not being funny. And herein lies a slight problem. It’s hard to upend the sexism of the spy genre while also laughing at the unlikeliness of a female spy – especially one played by the magnificently shambolic [=McCarthy=] – filling Bond’s boots. The funnier the film gets, in a way, the more it shrugs and admits this is fundamentally a boy’s-own business.
* ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' is a very hard-to-watch movie that faced a ''lot'' of controversy from MoralGuardians because of its graphic depiction of the grooming and sexual abuse of a young boy by his baseball coach. There's been some [[http://www.vice.com/read/mysterious-skin criticism]] that Neil's life as a prostitute isn't shown to be destructive or dangerous (or even all that abnormal, since he cares more about the sex than the money) until he takes his business into the big city, and because the coach is shown through the gaze of a little boy who has a crush on him, it lessens the impact of the coach as a sexual predator. Then we find out that [[spoiler: the coach sexually abused Brian and Neil together, and Brian's life has been very obviously ruined by it.]] The implication ends up being not that AllGaysArePedophiles, but [[http://www.vice.com/read/mysterious-skin if a gay man does happen to be a pedophile]] [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization then it's no big deal as long as he targets gay kids.]]
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has been criticized by some for its characterization of Claire, making her look like a frigid woman who is in the wrong for not having any children as explained [[http://www.themarysue.com/jurassic-worlds-mother-of-a-problem/ here]].
** Actually gets {{Invoked|Trope}} at one point. Hoskins is discussing about how to control the ''Velociraptors'' and brings up not allowing the disloyal ones to breed. Barry, a French-African paddock employee who is present when he says this, gives a bitter NeverHeardThatOneBefore laugh. Hoskins doesn't get it.
* ''Film/AceVentura'' has a major plot point where the main villain turns out to be a CreepyCrossdresser (who's possibly also {{Transsexual}}), and is subsequently [[SlutShaming slut-shamed]] and mocked for it. [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed/2012/05/18/ace-ventura-het-perspective/ This review]] provides an AlternateCharacterInterpretation that points how cruel the narrative treats said villain, while [[http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/article/sinful-cinema-ace-ventura-pet-detective-the-most-offensive-and-homophobic-football-movie-ever-made this one]] points out that the narrative not only punishes Einhorn for kidnapping and murder, but also for being mentally unstable, "sexually deviant", and presenting as female. [[http://articles.latimes.com/1994-02-26/entertainment/ca-27313_1_jim-carrey-ace-ventura-mr-carrey Even in 1994]], the film was derided for its homophobic implications.
* Before it was even out, ''Stonewall'', a film about the 1969 Stonewall Inn riot that was one of the founding incidents of the LGBT rights movement, [[http://www.themarysue.com/stonewall-film-trans-erasure/ ran into criticism]] for casting a fictional WhiteMaleLead as its main character despite many of the most important figures in the actual historical events being women, minorities, and transgender people, the person who is commonly credited with having began the protest in fact being all three.
* Discussed [[http://www.bustle.com/articles/19143-we-need-to-talk-about-the-divergent-movie-attempted-rape-scene here]] about a change in ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' from the book to the film - in the book Tris's fear of intimacy is her third fear, which gets changed to a hallucination of Four attempting to rape her in the film. The post points out that the change (and by extension having Tris conquer the fear with a GroinAttack) opens up a can of worms:
--> "...Aren't we just putting the impetus on preventing sexual assault back on the women? So if someone not as strong as Tris is unable to fight off her attacker, is she not responding "appropriately"? Then, aren't we just saying she didn't do everything she could, and thus, it's partly her fault?"
* Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill [[http://www.newsarama.com/28987-dr-strange-screenwriter-says-they-knew-social-justice-warriors-would-be-angry-over-the-ancient-one.html explained]] that the casting of the Ancient One in ''Film/DoctorStrange'' was an "unwinnable one". They cast Creator/TildaSwinton, who isn't Tibetan or of Asian descent at all. However, making her from Tibet would lead the movie to be BannedInChina due to political problems between the two countries and making the character of any other Asian descent would open up even more cans of worms.
* [[http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/me-before-you-movie-controversy-1.3607977 Disability advocates are criticizing]] the movie adaptation of [=JoJo=] Moyes' ''Film/MeBeforeYou'' because of its ending suggesting that [[spoiler: quadriplegic's lives are not worth living and that committing assisted suicide is, for them, a HeroicSacrifice that can only benefit their abled loved ones]]. It doesn't help that the story the movie and book follow is the able-bodied female lead's and not the quadriplegic character's, who ends up as an underdeveloped DisabledLoveInterest, or that at the end [[spoiler: the female lead, Lou, actually is rewarded by [[PunnyName Will]] with a congruous inheritance that makes her able to finally follow her dreams, making Will nothing more than a plot point LostLenore]].
* ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'' has been [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6216414.stm criticized]] on its portrayal of the Mayan people as savages, some scholars [[http://archive.archaeology.org/online/reviews/apocalypto.html have said]] that the final scene of the Spanish conquistadors arriving sends the colonialist message that the Mayans were so vile and barbaric that they deserved to be "saved" by the [[MightyWhitey white Europeans]].
* ''Film/Passengers2016'' has the female lead brought out of [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] early in an interstellar voyage and trapped on the ship, alone with the male lead, for the rest of her life. It was [[https://www.moviefone.com/2016/12/15/uh-oh-the-first-passengers-reviews-are-brutal/ criticized]] in [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/15/passengers-review-spaceship-romcom-scuppered-chris-pratt-jennifer-lawrence multiple]] [[http://www.cbr.com/review-passengers-soils-its-escapism-with-repulsive-reveal/ reviews]] for revealing that the male lead inflicted this on her ''intentionally'' to avoid [[GoMadFromTheIsolation going mad from the isolation]] (and because he thought she was cute) and presenting it as a surmountable relationship hurdle that he can badger her into forgiving -- essentially portraying "[[http://www.thewrap.com/passengers-review-jennifer-lawrence-chris-pratt/ captivity fantasy and victimization]]" as romance. It also didn't help that the film had an [[NeverTrustATrailer extremely misleading trailer]] that implied ''both'' characters' awakenings were accidental.
* TheReveal at the end of the already-controversial ''Film/{{Ghost In The Shell|2017}}'' that [[spoiler: Creator/ScarlettJohansson's character was originally a Japanese girl before being turned into a Caucasian cyborg]] has [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ghost-shell-4-japanese-actresses-dissect-movie-whitewashing-twist-990956 been]] [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-ghost-in-the-shell-hollywood-whitewashing-justin-chang-jen-yamato-20170406-story.html criticized]] for unintentionally reinforcing the idea that European beauty is superior to all others.
-->'''Jen Yamato''': “Ghost in the Shell” sent a clear, cold message to me as an Asian woman that I am not as worthy of owning my own identity. It’s a dehumanizing concept to sell so cheerily to mass audiences.
* ''Film/AtomicBlonde'' picked up a significant LGBTFanbase before it was even out thanks to the promises of the main character being bisexual and her primary love interest being a woman. Many of them [[http://www.thewrap.com/atomic-blonde-hit-late-breaking-criticism-killing-lgbt-character/ were disappointed to discover]] that [[spoiler:the love interest character is [[BuryYourGays brutally murdered by the villain]] toward the end, in a case of StuffedIntoTheFridge without a hint of irony]].

* ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'':
** Some critics have claimed Creator/JRRTolkien 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." This is enough to take this away from being racist in the slightest, but would still garner criticism today.
** 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]], and he said that he intended that all races had flaws, Unfortunate Implications are there for those who want to see them -- [[GreedyJew the Dwarves' main weakness as a race is their lust for riches]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Rowling's WordOfGay regarding Dumbledore actually has a few unfortunate implications. The fact that it was never stated in the books and only announced ex post can give it a "cheap PR stunt" flavor, especially given that Rowling is now [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2016/03/12/magic-in-north-america-j-k-rowling-is-channeling-george-lucas-and-not-in-a-good-way/#435435c56da1 following in the footsteps of George Lucas]]. In one critic's words, [[http://theconversation.com/the-death-of-j-k-rowling-why-it-doesnt-matter-what-she-has-to-say-about-harry-potter-35762 "in an imagined world in which the supernatural is possible and the limitations of reality are few... it speaks volumes that a gay relationship cannot be represented to the degree where it is discernable".]]
* ''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". (Even though coals as objects are generally considered less pretty and valuable than pearls.) 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]].
* ''The Phantom Project'', an effort to review every adaptation of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', [[http://phantomproject.pbworks.com/w/page/16258283/The%20Phantom%20of%20Manhattan%20by%20Frederick%20Forsyth%20%281999%29 gave]] the unofficial sequel ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'' a D- for its big twist, namely that Erik had raped Christine Daae during the time he had kidnapped her and fathered her son Pierre, who believes Raoul de Chagny is his father. Not only did the reviewer find this [[GratuitousRape gratuitous]], but even after this revelation Erik is treated as the hero, with Pierre, after he learns, choosing to live with him [[FirstFatherWins simply due to him being the biological father]]. The reviewer commented that the only reason the book didn't deserve an F for this is that it contained some rather interesting digressions on the history of New York City.
* The notion in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' that Christian Grey is into BDSM due to his traumatic and abusive childhood and the psychological issues resulting from that. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/16/fifty-shades-of-grey-isnt-bdsm_n_6684808.html Both real world practitioners of BDSM and psychiatrists disagree that there is any correlation between mental health problems and having an interest in the fetish.]]
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' has the nation of Calormen, the bitterest enemy of the titular country and a major source of controversy among readers. Calormen is a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Caliphate Arabia, Ottoman Turkey, and similar Muslim empires, and its people are described as dark-skinned (with the real-world slur "darkies" used to describe them at one point), less intelligent, less attractive, and more prone to violence than the European-inspired Narnians, and in the GrandFinale the chief god of their pantheon is revealed to actually be TheVerse's equivalent of {{Satan}}. Naturally, the real-world connotations of the country's portrayal are much-discussed; Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calormen#Accusations_of_racism has more info]].[[note]]It's worth noting that the first book that introduces Calormen also features a sympathetic protagonist in Aravis, and the final book praises Calormenes who serve their god Tash by doing good things (though Aslan is quick to claim they're serving him and to wash his paws of evil done in his own name), making this a case of ValuesDissonance[[/note]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''The Briefcase'' was a 2015 CBS reality TV show described as [[http://blog.thehungersite.com/the-briefcase/ poverty pornography]], about two struggling families deciding whether to keep a briefcase of money or give it to the other family.
* In the mexican SoapOpera ''Series/LaRosaDeGuadalupe'', as stated in [[http://oceanpictures61.deviantart.com/journal/LO-VOLVIERON-A-HACER-391076744 this blog]] there are quite a few misconceptions about AspergerSyndrome, making it seem like something that makes people violent, and a FateWorseThanDeath. Not only that, but apparently, Aspergers can now be cured, you don't even need a doctor or anything!
* ''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." In the series, 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.[[note]]From [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGdMV1OiWzE Inside Episode 39]].[[/note]]
* ''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. (Of course such a thing would never happen in the series today...)
** [[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2011/01/man-that-never-would-daleks.html The TARDIS Eruditorum]] has observed that it's uncomfortable watching "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks 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 ''AudioPlay/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.
* When Website/SFDebris [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/d566.php reviewed]] the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E15BaddaBingBaddaBang Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang]]", Chuck Sonnenburg commented on Ben Sisko complaining about the racism present when the holodeck scenario in question is supposedly set (TheSixties), noting that the team's BatmanGambit uses its three female members in mostly passive roles (e.g. DistractedByTheSexy), rather than taking a fully active part in the casino heist like the men. His remarks included words to the effect of:
-->"By calling attention to the elephant in the room, they've unwittingly drawn attention to the mammoth standing next to it."
* [[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 ''Series/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.
** The show's penultimate episode "Oh, Shenandoah." drew a great deal of criticism over the subject of rape accusations, the potential for false accusations and which party, if either, should be treated as correct. In the episode a woman who accused a man of rape but found no justice with the police or college made a website where women can anonymously accuse men of rape. Don interviews both the man and the woman in turn, and tells the woman, whom he admits is credible and has no reason to lie, that he is "morally obligated" to believe the man, whom he regards as "sketchy", just on the off chance that she could be lying. [[http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/newsroom-oh-shenandoah-212709 The]] [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/12/the-newsroom-lectures-us-on-campus-rape-and-the-internet-burns/383520/ Internet]] [[http://time.com/3620882/listen-here-internet-girl-the-newsroom-rapesplains-it-all/ lit]] [[http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/newsroom-recap-season-3-oh-shenandoah-campus-rape.html the]] [[http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-newsroom-crazy-making-campus-rape-episode fuck]] [[http://www.vox.com/2014/12/8/7350489/newsroom-rape up]], with many critics launching the accusation that Sorkin was again using men to correct women and mitigate their concerns, this time in the worst way possible.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** [[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).
** The stereotype that women cannot be comic book, sci-fi, or video game geeks, no matter how nerdy they are, [[https://3chicgeeks.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-problem-with-the-big-bang-theory/ has not gone unnoticed.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Fans have expressed disapproval over how the show treats [[http://www.refinery29.com/2013/07/49655/game-of-thrones-racism-george-rr-martin-response potential matters or race]], due mostly to [[KilledByTheAdaptation killing off non-white characters in the show who are still alive in the books]] or [[RaceLift having them played by lighter-skinned actors]]; a particularly egregious example is having two black characters from the books, mother and (adult) daughter prostitutes Chayata and Alayaya replaced with the caucasian Ros.
** While the book and show do feature a lot of sexual violence, the show has also been accused of [[http://www.avclub.com/article/rape-thrones-203499 sexualizing violence]] and using rape for cheap shock value, in the case of the latter devaluing the seriousness of rape itself. This treatment of sexual violence has gotten a lot of negative reactions from fans.
** As of Season 5 there have been issues and some fan disapproval regarding how the show [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/2946733 treats religion and religious people]]. Several religions and religious institutions in the show are hit with AdaptationalVillainy, especially [[CrystalDragonJesus the Faith of the Seven]], three religious characters from the books are changed into non-religious people and any morally good religious characters are either AdaptedOut or killed off (as was the case with show-only Septon Ray). It's gotten to the point where [[WriterOnBoard the showrunners have been accused of anti-religion bias]] and [[AuthorTract trying to push it through the show]]. This interpretation only gains weight in light of the fact that one of the showrunners, David Benioff, was also responsible for the film Film/{{Troy}}, in which the Greek heroes were practically all stripped of the piety they showed in the Iliad, and the few remaining people's belief in the gods was used to highlight their own stupidity.
* [[http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/frustrations-asian-american-whedonite/ One of the criticisms of]] Creator/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|2008}}'' 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'':
** The show 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 all but two 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, [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/04/14/can-teen-wolf-be-saved-dylan-o-brien-gives-answers-2856366?lt_source=external,manual all of the female and POC characters]] have been killed off. And as of Season 3's finale, this also includes the show's [[spoiler: primary female protagonist, Allison Argent]], who was killed off with little fanfare and [[http://fangirlish.com/teenwolf-season-4-post-mortem/ wasn't even given a funeral or more than a passing mention]] in the following season. 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 only gay character who appears on a semi-regular basis has had [[HideYourGays almost no meaningful screen time]] or CharacterDevelopment in four seasons and was eventually cut from the fourth season altogether, but not before being replaced by a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. Lots of ire was also 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 was suddenly switched to bisexual within a few episodes to bait the aforementioned not-so-bisexual character. When [[http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/09/17/op-ed-trouble-teen-wolf The Advocate]] posted about the positive inclusion of LGBT characters in ''Teen Wolf'', the magazine was later forced to retract and reevaluate the article due to outcry from fans about the exact opposite being more true to the show's actual storyline.
* 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 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.
** It only dug itself deeper with [[http://www.gossipcop.com/2-broke-girls-racist-aboriginal-australians-joke-video/ this one joke]] that goes:
--> “I’m in a casual flirtation with a woman in Australia! She’s part Aboriginal, but has a great personality!”
* ''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]].
* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has garnered a [[http://www.vulture.com/2015/03/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-native-american.html lot]] [[http://www.bustle.com/articles/68849-is-jane-krakowski-native-american-as-a-mixed-race-woman-i-question-her-kimmy-schmidt-characters of]] [[http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/11/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-has-two-native-american-actors-it-needed-three-159559 flack]] for casting Jane Krakowski, a white Polish-American, as [[spoiler:a Native American pretending to be Caucasian and hiding her past.]]
* ''Series/DeNieuweOrde'' lampshades in the second episode the problems that arise from AllGermansAreNazis, since one of the interviewed of that episode is clearly pro nazi-Germany, saying that this trope is one proof (among with many other reasons, such as the idea that people had more freedom there) that everyone was happy under the Nazi regime. Maurice De Wilde himself then answers back by saying that there was German resistance but that the Nazis themselves hid it away from the public. The interviewed man promptly ignores it.
* ''ElChavoDelOcho'' has [[http://www.taringa.net/posts/info/16346175/Bromas-del-Chavo-del-8-sus-significados.html several]] [[http://www.chavodel8.com/curiosidad/numero-41/ gay jokes]], including Don Ramon's famous CatchPhrase: "Yo le voy al Necaxa" (I support the Necaxa [soccer team]) this is because the followers of the Puebla (Necaxa's rival team) were accused to be gay. But probably the most inappropriate example was an episode in which Don Ramón and Profesor Jirafales are mistaken to be homosexuals and the rest of the cast reacts with anger, fear and disgust. This will be very offensive for modern audiences, specially in some very liberal parts of Mexico, like Mexico City (were the show is suppose to happen) a very progressive place and the first part of Mexico in legalize same-sex marriage.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': [[http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com/2016/03/legends-of-tomorrow-season-1-episode-8.html A prominent episode guide]] noted that in the episode ''Night of the Hawk'' the behavior of Sara Lance - an established bisexual - promoted the stereotype that bisexuals are only after casual sex. Sara determines that one of the nurses at the 1950s' hospital she's infiltrating is a lesbian and begins to woo said nurse, dismissing her teammate's concerns over what her eventual abandonment of this woman once their mission is complete and they return to their own time will do to her.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' had a short-lived pricing game called "The Shower Game", where the contestant had to guess which of six shower stalls had the correct price of a car. Complaints soon ensued from viewers that its [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/priceisright/images/a/a4/Shower11l.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130427205018 rules and setup]] [[http://golden-road.net/faq/index.php/Pricing_Game_Notes#Shower_Game reminded them of]] UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, which ended some 30 years earlier. Contrary to popular belief, that wasn't why the game wasn't retired but those allegations never helped its case.
* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' called ''Better Half'' sent the message that asexuals are all either in denial or have a hormone imbalance, accusations real-life asexuals have to deal with from people who don't realise it's a legitimate orientation. [[http://skepticsplay.blogspot.ca/2012/01/house-did-not-do-research.html The]] [[http://www.salon.com/2012/01/31/house_gets_asexuality_wrong/ asexual]] [[https://equal-writes.org/2012/02/07/house-tackles-asexuality/ community]] [[http://queereka.com/2012/01/24/asexuality-on-house-m-d/ was]] ''[[http://asexuality.livejournal.com/871977.html not]]'' [[https://writingfromfactorx.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/this-is-not-my-better-half/ pleased]] [[http://meganchristopher.net/asexuality-on-house-youre-doing-it-wrong/ by]] [[https://kinseyconfidential.org/illness-deception-asexuality-house-md/ this.]]
* During the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 2016 Oscars,]] host Creator/ChrisRock spoke about the #oscarssowhithe controversy, which sought to bring attention to the lack of representation by ethnic minorities in Oscar nominated films. His gag, that the Oscar ballots were counted by some Asian kids, [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/03/chris-rock-asian-jokes-response had many labeling Rock a hypocrite.]]
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''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. Later episodes with this character in the first season may have made things [[http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-problem-of-mike-peterson-thoughts.html worse]]. Most of the criticism appears to stem, however, from individuals unfamiliar with the character Deathlok, who Peterson was always intended to become and who, by the end of season 1 and into season 2, was not an "angry black man" at all, but a hero.
*** "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E15YesMen 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]].
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
*** [[http://thenerdsofcolor.org/2015/04/30/black-mask-yellow-peril-anti-asianism-in-netflixs-otherwise-brilliant-daredevil/ It had been brought up]] that out of all the stereotyped criminal organizations in Wilson Fisk's criminal enterprise, the Chinese and Japanese are essentially modern day YellowPeril cliches. Moreover, there's the fact that they're basically not even considered human (Matt killing Nobu isn't even counted as a blip on his moral radar, despite his Catholic guilt and ThouShaltNotKill being a huge part of his character). Doesn't help that canon wise they are not human, Gao is clearly supernatural and Nobu is an undead (as Nobu reappears towards the end of season 2).
*** [[http://thenerdsofcolor.org/2016/04/03/not-your-asian-ninja-how-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-keeps-failing-asian-americans/ The second season also came under fire]]. The need to equate the Asian gangs and ninjas comes across as a bit racist, as does the fact that the one decent person tied to The Hand is Stan Gibson, a white accountant who is being forced to help them against his will. In fact, ''Series/IronFist2017'' [[AuthorsSavingThrow takes steps to make]] [[EqualOpportunityEvil the Hand a lot more ethnically diverse]]: Madame Gao uses Caucasian, Mestizo Latina and African-American women to market her heroin; Radovan's jailer, King, seems of Middle-Eastern origin; Danny gets pitched against a pair of Slav brothers; Bakuto's camp includes black and Hispanic kids, etc.
*** [[http://womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2016/04/17/race-romance-daredevil-season-two/ Some people take issues]] with the way the show treats Matt Murdock's potential love interests. Namely, that Matt takes great pains to hide the darker aspects of his personality from the white Karen Page, being very chivalrous and gentle with her, but is hostile and abrasive with the Afro-Latina Claire and the French-Cambodian Elektra, continuing an unfortunate media trend wherein white women are seen as the "happily ever after" instead of non-white ones. The article also takes issue with the way Karen has quite a few men who shield her from harm compared to Elektra and Claire, who only ever have Matt or have no one at all. Or that whenever Karen does get injured, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished the injuries disappear to avoid tarnishing her appearance]], but the same is not said for Claire or Elektra.
** ''Series/IronFist2017'':
*** [[http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/8/14848336/iron-fist-review-netflix-show-marvel Particular ire]] has fallen on the MightyWhitey overtones of a scene where Danny lectures Colleen about East Asian philosophy and the true nature of martial arts ''in her own dojo''. Bad enough in-universe, and worse when you consider that everything he's saying is based on a fictional martial art made up in the '70s. [[AuthorsSavingThrow Though she does get her own back]] a couple episodes later when she calls out Danny's sword work (using a traditional Japanese katana like a Chinese sword) and shows him the proper technique, to which he calls her amazing.
*** As [[http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/iron-fist-starts-finds-its-feet-danny-gains-new-al-252327 one review]] put it, "It blows my mind that despite the sheer number of people who worked on this episode no one flagged that it would be a bad idea to have Danny chastise a room full of black and brown students by calling them “chattering monkeys.” It's stuff like that that makes me hesitant to give the show the benefit of the doubt when it comes to issues of representation. If the creators aren't even aware of basic racially charged language, how am I supposed to trust that they've thought out the racial politics of their show?"
* Done InUniverse in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E03TheTimeTravellers The Time Travellers]]'' where Jonah calls out the movie for using an actor with an actual deformity to portray one of the mutants.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** Throughout the series, some feel there is a running theme that [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits the only success for a woman is raising a family]], leading to some claiming the show made female characters into [[http://www.hypable.com/2014/04/01/how-i-met-your-mother-series-finale/ into nothing more than just a walking uterus]]. There's also talk of how it reduces the value of the gang's friendship and every message about how important it is by having them split up, essentially saying that his friends had no value outside of [[spoiler: how they got Ted and Robin together.]]
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-pieces-relationship-advice-movies-need-to-stop-giving_p2/ As noted here,]] the idea that a good relationship means one where you don't have to change yourself at all for your lover creates a very uncomfortable air of entitlement and a ''horribly'' inaccurate picture of what a real relationship actually takes.
** The Season 9 episode, "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra," got a lot of criticism on the YellowFace. Carter Bays admits that they were trying to pay homage to the Kung Fu movies that they grew up on and [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/how-i-met-your-mother-671349 apologized to people who were offended]].

* The Website/AVClub article [[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.
** 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in particular [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-wight/band-aid-ebola_b_6176354.html has been]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2846666/Do-know-s-patronising-Backlash-grows-new-Band-Aid-single-stars-charities-hit-offensive-lyrics.html criticized for]] perpetuating a patronizing stereotype of Africa, with the [[CriticalResearchFailure offensively inaccurate lyrics]] not helping. Some lyrics were altered for the 2014 cover, [[https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/nov/17/band-aid-30-new-world-dread-and-fear-deconstruction-lyrics but their replacements]] [[http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/outrage-over-ignorant-band-aid-30-ebola-lyrics were also considered pretty offensive]].
* Music/AvrilLavigne'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.
* Music/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 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, so she can greet {{Jesus}} while wearing them. The singer then muses to himself that God sent the kid to remind him what Christmas is all about; in other words, God [[ShootTheShaggyDog 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us6v_EG00Vg#t=6m25s the Nostalgia Chick]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5iyV7N5jvI Patton Oswalt]] probably put it best.
* The song "Blurred Lines" by Music/RobinThicke is ''supposed'' to be an IntercourseWithYou song. However, the lyrics come off more as the perspective of a rapist. To illustrate, WebVideo/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://channelawesome.com/blurred-lines-a-pop-song-review/ 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.
* Music/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 Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.
* Music/LilyAllen'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 Music/{{Drake}} and Music/NickiMinaj after claiming their music was irrelevant.
* Cover Band Sambô's take on Music/{{U2}}'s "Sunday Bloody Sunday" got some heat [[http://okylocyclo.blogspot.com/2012/07/grupo-sambo-esculhamba-musica-do-u2-com.html]] [[http://veja.abril.com.br/noticia/entretenimento/sambo-e-companhia-um-atentado-ao-rock-e-ao-samba]] [[http://www.u2br.com/portal/node/10003665]] for making a cheery samba version of a [[MoodDissonance song about a massacre remembered today as an Irish national tragedy]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK1YY9l8vDQ/ The performance]], full of smiling, giggling and cheering basically throws the point of the original version through the window, as if the group was making fun of what happened, or if the performers never bothered knowing what the lyrics were about. [[http://www.batepapocatalao.com.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=202&catid=87:noticias&Itemid=185/ In an interview]], when faced with the accusation of making the dissonant version, the group responded that the rhythm didn't make the song any less sad, and blamed MisaimedFandom for the awkwardness.
* "Rhythm Is a Dancer" by the Eurodance group Snap! has the line "I'm as serious as cancer/When I say rhythm is a dancer" on the 7" single. This has been referred to as "[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2274009/Worst-lyric-of-all-time-Im-serious-as-cancer-when-I-say-rhythm-is-a-dancer.html the worst lyric of all time]]" and it drew controversy from family and health groups in spite of the analogy being used in rap music since the late 80s.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Noted on [[http://www.lethalwow.com/2015/09/13/bobby-between-the-ropes-the-wwe-divas-and-the-uncomfortable-subject-of-race/ Lethal WOW]] about how WWE have a history of favouring white Divas as their top babyfaces. Any women of colour either don't become stars or else get pushed as heels (and make what you will of their opponents usually being heroic white girls). Likewise many women of mixed heritage have a history of downplaying it and being presented as white or AmbiguouslyBrown. Especially of note is Wrestling/SashaBanks taking ages to achieve anything, despite her clear popularity - when her white contemporaries received pushes far quicker.
* Cewsh Reviews noted [[http://cewshreviews.blogspot.ie/2013/09/wwe-summerslam-2013.html here]] and [[http://cewshreviews.blogspot.ie/2013/06/wwe-extreme-rules-2013.html here]] the disturbing tendency for WWE to portray their {{Face}}s as mean-spirited bullies who are supposed to be in the right purely because the audience cheers for them. Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} is particularly notorious for acting like this whenever he's face.
* {{Wrestling/Paige}} has attracted a couple:
** In one Smackdown segment, she referred to Tamina Snuka as Naomi's "boyfriend" and suggested that she belonged in the wrong division. [[http://danielinsomanywords.tumblr.com/post/119661484617/paiges-promo-or-wwes-insistence-on-having Critics]] [[http://www.femmezuigiri.com/be-a-star-wwequal-gotyourback-and-wrestlings-viral-equality-facade/ pointed]] out the negative implications of a face making sexist and transphobic remarks.
** She and AJ Lee were the faces going up against the heel Wrestling/BellaTwins. The face team had two {{Tomboy}}s, while the heels were {{Girly Girl}}s. This wouldn't have been so bad if Paige hadn't claimed that she and AJ were automatically better ''because'' they weren't [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses girly]], and that the Bellas somehow weren't 'real' women. [[http://www.diva-dirt.com/108871/smackdown-redux-march-26th-2015-a-war-of-words/ ''Diva Dirt'']] criticized them for that.
* After losing her Divas' Championship, AJ Lee - again meant to be a {{Face}} - insulted the Bella Twins by claiming "talent isn't sexually transmitted". Resorting to SlutShaming as a way of insulting her opponents was [[http://www.lethalwow.com/2014/11/25/wwe-divas-raw-november-24th-results-a-fearless-title-reign/ called out]].
* In the sixth season of ''Series/WWEToughEnough'', contestant Amanda accused Sara Lee of being a "ring rat". Wrestling/MickFoley [[http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/613483-mick-foley-furious-at-te-finalist criticised]] Amanda's SlutShaming Sara Lee in an attempt to sway fan votes. He also had a problem with none of the judges calling Amanda out for her bullying.
* The character of Wrestling/MuhammadHassan, a Arab-American wrestler who was angry at the United States for discriminating against him following the 9/11 attacks. It was a powerful gimmick that touched upon the real life social issue of Islamophobia. There was just one problem: the character was portrayed as a heel, which essentially meant that the Islamophobes were essentially the good guys in his storyline. Things were only made worse after the terrorist angle that aired the day of the London terrorist bombings in July 2005. Aside from being obviously TooSoon, it perpetuated the "All Muslims are Terrorists" stereotype and completely contradicted the original character of being an ordinary American standing up to discrimination. [[http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2016/0125/607021/finding-muhammad-hassan-reconnecting-with-one-of-the-most/ Hassan explained his thoughts on it here]].

[[folder:Radio Plays]]
* The German companion shows ''Benjamin Blümchen'' and ''Bibi Blocksberg'', which have the ridiculously innocent premises of [[ABoyAndHisX a talking zoo elephant and a boy going on all sorts of adventures]], and a [[ChildMage young witch girl]] getting herself into [[WeirdnessMagnet all sorts of magical kerfuffles]], have been accused by the German [[http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/2RQI2Y,0,0,Politik_bei_Benjamin_Bl%FCmchen_und_Bibi_Blocksberg.html Federal Agency for Civic Education]] of essentially [[{{Anvilicious}} indoctrinating]] kids with a very StrawLiberal worldview where all authorities are automatically evil or incompetent, industry is eponymous with dishonesty and corruption, journalism is always right and PR is all-powerful no matter how exploitative, defaming or outright libelous it can get, and environmental protection ranks higher than progress, science, prosperity, safety, personal freedom, free speech, the democratic process, or plain common sense, and are practically the only issues that really deserve airtime.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons [[http://gamingphilosopher.blogspot.fr/2006/10/sexism-in-realms.html has been]] [[http://npnr.blogspot.fr/2016/01/sexism-in-legend-of-drizzt.html regularly accused]] [[https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?742709-Brainstorming-on-the-Drow-a-feminist-turn of explicit sexism]] when it comes to the drow race: the only civilized race to function entirely on a matriarchal system (at least before the serpentine lamia were added), composed almost entirely of AlwaysChaoticEvil SocialDarwinists with a ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and who [[MenAreTheExpendableGender treat their men like garbage]]. The lamia are almost as bad but didn't generate much outrage.

* 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.)"

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* 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.

[[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 Some 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'':
** A [[http://kotaku.com/5890146/what-does-the-future-hold-for-mass-effects-painfully-punched-reporter Kotaku article]] guffawing about the RunningGag of [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]]'s Renegade option to punch out [[{{Paparazzi}} reporter Khalisah bint Sinan al-Jilani]] attracted complaints that the action treated [[WouldHitAGirl violence against women]] as a laughing matter. Other commenters, however, made the point that in ''Mass Effect'''s future it didn't matter that she was a woman, and that female Shepards could do the exact same thing. Even the author of the conversations weighed in, saying that al-Jilani was a TakeThat directed against certain {{Pompous Political Pundit}}s and biased journalism and that the only reason he made al-Jilani a woman was because he likes coming up with female names more. He was more surprised people ''weren't'' latching onto the fact that al-Jilani is identifiably Arab. [[http://kotaku.com/5890146/what-does-the-future-hold-for-mass-effects-painfully-punched-reporter?comment=47624401#comments "They notice the gender issue, not the race issue."]]
** The first two games 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', all of the love interests, save for African American Jacob Taylor, stay faithful towards Shepard. Jacob is the only character to outright dump Shepard because, during the TimeSkip 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 ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'':
** There is no romanceable GayOption in the game, this already pissed off some fans, specially the rather large LGBTFanbase the franchise has gathered between the second and fourth installment (particularly regarding Kanji's ambiguous sexuality and Naoto's gender issues), however, there are three adult women that can be romanceable by your ''16 year old'' playable character, among which, your teacher is available and the game implies there was a sexual relationship between you and these women, something that is considered statutory rape in [[ValuesDissonance some countries]]. This mixed with the somewhat negative representation of LGBT themes on the game, which was [[http://www.avclub.com/article/how-persona-5-lets-down-its-gay-players-254102 mostly used for jokes rather than character building]] alienated a lot of the game's gay fans.
** The fact that the character Ann, a sex abuse survivor, is the game's premiere MsFanservice has also been [[https://mic.com/articles/174121/sexual-harassment-in-persona-5-is-a-big-problem-and-we-need-to-talk-about-it criticized]], especially in Madarame's arc where Yusuke blackmails her into posing nude for him. This undermines her introduction during Kamoshida's arc which treated his perverted nature much more seriously, since the situation with Yusuke was more comedic in tone and has the other guys making light of her situation. When Yusuke does join the team, he does so without facing any backlash from any of the other members for trying to blackmail Ann, and nothing he does afterwards is as disrespectful towards anyone else's personal boundaries.
* 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 the "Prophet" Zachary Hale 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. ''[[DownloadableContent Burial at Sea]]'' [[AuthorsSavingThrow attempts to alleviate this]] by making Fitzroy more sympathetic, revealing that [[spoiler:she never wanted to kill Fink's son, and only pretended to because the Luteces needed Elizabeth to become more comfortable with killing.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** The lack of homosexual relations/marriage has been criticized [[http://www.kaleo.org/blogs/the-heteronormativity-of-fire-emblem-awakening/article_14124b3a-ab24-11e2-88be-001a4bcf6878.html by]] several [[http://kotaku.com/5980657/fire-emblem-awakening-the-kotaku-review reviewers]].
** That two characters who appear as 12 year old girls are able to marry and have children [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?comic=040813 has]] [[http://tinycartridge.com/post/21330765433/fire-emblem-awakening-has-fun-with-a-disturbing been]] controversial.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', despite the inclusion of {{Gay Option}}s as stated above, fell into this with the treatment of character Soleil, who seems to prefer women as romantic partners but can't support with any of them, and her higher level support dialogs with a Male Avatar are strongly reminiscent of both CureYourGays and SlippingAMickey, as he essentially gives her a potion without her knowledge to make her view him as a cute girl, and this is treated as ''a good thing''. [[http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fire-emblem-fates-homophobia-gay-character-nintendo-3ds-rpg-drugged-turn-her-straight-1508953 This has been heavily criticized]] on both sides of the Pacific, so much so that Nintendo would later [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/fire-emblem-fates-controversial-scene-changed-for-/1100-6434035/ completely rewrite the scene for its Western release]].
* 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/HitmanAbsolution'', 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]] ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'', and this tweet from Creator/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 ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ci6rYOleM 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 ''WebAnimation/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]]
* 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 and Rafe in Uncharted 4. [[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://web.archive.org/web/20140812034659/http://lillycaul.tumblr.com/post/94359921967/on-telltale-games-ableist-treatment-of-sarah More]] [[http://treedeecee.tumblr.com/post/94412413569/hey-its-great-that-greg-miller-took-the-time-to than]] [[http://arsmarginal.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/the-walking-dead-a-case-of-ableism/ one]] person has called out the developers for seeming to imply that a disabled child is nothing but a liability, and other survivors should get rid of them to give themselves a better chance.
* 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.
* Regarding ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'', Robert Rath writing for [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/columns/criticalintel/12676-The-Good-and-Bad-of-Assassin-s-Creed-Unity.3 The Escapist]] criticized the depiction of famous revolutionary women in the game, noting that despite the negative publicity Ubisoft are NotHelpingYourCase. He points out how one major woman historical figure like Charlotte Corday is portrayed like a crazy stalker (rather than WellIntentionedExtremist who truly believed she was doing right) as well as being treated in a throwaway half-baked side mission when she ''is'' one of the most legendary true-life assassins in history. Olympe de Gouges, a highly respected feminist author (regularly considered for placement in France's Pantheon building) does not get a database entry and appears as a collectible severed head for Madame Tussaud's collection which Arno has to rescue since it's a fetish object from a nutty soldier, noting how literally she's made into a sexual object.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': The relationship between the Kobali and the Delta Alliance, as well as between Kobali "parents" and their "children", have been compared to {{domestic abuse|r}} and [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]], and their method of reproduction (basically {{necromancy}}: they inject humanoid corpses with a virus that rewrites their DNA) to rape. In the latter case, in response to a rebuttal one poster commented that saying a Kobali resurrectee that remembered their past life should stay with the Kobali because [[CultureJustifiesAnything "that's their culture"]] was like saying that a friend of his who had been date-raped needed to spend the rest of her life living with her rapist. By contrast the Vaadwaur, intended to be the MonsterOfTheWeek for the StoryArc in question, come off as the DesignatedVillain. [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1365351]], [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1370701]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/bashing/racist_jynx_01.html The Pokémon Jynx has been accused]] of resembling {{Blackface}} performers, mostly due to her big, pink lips and jet black skin. Jynx's appearance caused episodes starring the Pokémon to pulled from rotation (with [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/EP250 one episode]] being banned entirely), and later led to Jynx being redesigned in the international releases of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold & Silver]]'' to have purple skin. Re-releases of older games and episodes have also digitally altered Jynx's skin in order to avoid controversy.
* InUniverse example: ''[[VideoGame/{{Neptunia}} Megatagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies]]'' opens with Rom and Ram, a pair of high school juniors (who still look like children) being attacked by film club volunteers in zombie costumes. Nepgear uncomfortably notes they initially had the high-school boys playing the aggressors without makeup, "But it looked... weird. Zombies were a less offensive options." It's then parodied by Blanc deciding to open the movie by have a cruise ship crash into the (inland) school, because it had never happened before, but using a plane, train, or car might offend someone.
* ''VideoGame/SuperFighter'': Discussed about in [[https://youtu.be/E3RAGJ9Hm30?t=18m56s this video]] (19:00-19:25) by the guys of WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay while playing this UsefulNotes/{{Taiwan}}ese made [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Poor Man's]] ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' [[TheMockbuster clone]] concerning the unwisely chosen name of "Red Man" for the lone [[HollywoodNatives Native]] [[BadassNative American]] character who is a blatant rehashing of [[TheSavageIndian the worst and most racist caricatures of Native Americans]] (without any sort of hint of irony whatsoever) and is also the main villain doesn't help.
* This is very likely why Chief Thunder was not given a true retro outfit in the 2013 ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' reboot, as his original outfit could easily be construed as culturally insensitive (instead he was given a BadassBiker alternate outfit as his retro outfit, which is definitely cool but not what he wore in the original ''Killer Instinct''). Iron Galaxy (the developers who assumed control of the game when Double Helix was bought out by Amazon) went on to correct this by [[https://www.ultra-combo.com/legend-thunder-pack/ collaborating with the Nez Perce tribe]] to create a 100% culturally accurate alternate outfit for Thunder.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' received a bunch of criticism about its Vibe mechanic, saying that having Peach's powers come from emotions while [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]] merely use their strength [[http://feministsonar.com/2014/09/blind-lady-vs-super-princess-peach/ plays right into the stereotype that all women are emotional and overreact]]. They've also been compared to [[http://hail-nekoyasha.deviantart.com/art/Super-PMS-Peach-30235959 PMS symptoms]].
* ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'' has been widely criticized by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKucJJeZMwc practically]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1HTKWX15oo everyone]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWxEwdGpIPQ who]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGonA7VmW3U has]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2bB4aAQS-o reviewed]] the game for the way women are treated in this game. Basically, they are treated as trophies where after Jake rescues a woman from being assaulted by a men, they ''immediately'' reward him with sex and have very little personality.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* 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/{{Shortpacked}}'' lampshades this trope in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=850 this strip.]] To explain, a ''Franchise/{{LEGO}}'' [[SpacePolice Space Policeman]] is showing a diagram of a variety of aliens and identifying them as inhuman criminals in a lecture to a bunch of human trainees. There's a pause and one of the trainees says "Anyone else uncomfortable with this?"
* ''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/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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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]].
* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'':
** Anita Sarkeesian was criticised for her ManipulativeEditing when talking about a sequence in the game ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' where the player investigates a sex-trafficking ring. Anita claims it was used as {{Fanservice}} - not mentioning that the objective is to stop the ring and save the girls, emphasising how dehumanising things were for them. Anita was [[http://shetterly.blogspot.ie/2015/02/liana-kerzners-smart-feminist-critique.html called out]] for implying that gamers would automatically be turned on by female abuse.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgvYJ9Ei90Y Again in this video]] when criticising ''VideoGame/JustCause2'' for allowing female exotic dancers to be murdered during the Mile High Club sequence. In her ManipulativeEditing, she leaves out that male exotic dancers feature there as well - and killing all characters (male and female) results in the same penalty.
--> "Because of this important factor, Anita saying that ''"you just murdered a sexualised woman in cold blood"'' is simply being deceptive. As it implies this happens exclusively to women. Or it could also imply that [[MenAreTheExpendableGender violence towards men doesn't matter]]."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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'': In the first two seasons, the show took a lot of flak for how it 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'':
** The show 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 "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS8E18QuagmiresDad 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 he had just fucked a transexual, 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, "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E11NotAllDogsGoToHeaven Not All Dogs Go to Heaven]]", "basically does little else than espouse the viewpoint that all religious people are intolerant cretins".
* Creator/{{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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The series had gone through some controversy regarding the character of [[http://www.mylittleponynews.com/2012/02/derpy-hooves-controversy.html Derpy Hooves]]. A small but significant set of viewers felt that her character was making fun of people with disabilities (Derpy's VA dropped an octave due to [[AmbiguousGender a miscommunication]]; Derpy's crossed eyes were a result of ContinuityLockout in action; and the word "derp" can be twisted to mean "retarded"). Hasbro hastily ordered a re-edit, which caused [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad another rather]] unfortunate implication for a different small but significant set of viewers.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", two first season episodes, came [[https://ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/my-little-pony-and-racism under]] [[http://racism-in-a-kids-show.blogspot.com fire]] for suspected racist undertones. The former introduced Zecora, a zebra that had stereotyped African traits and whose behavior had her treated like an outsider among the rest of the ponies. The latter was criticized for its {{Disneyfication}} of the American westward movement and its purges on Native American homeland. The settler ponies were portrayed as greedy imperialists from the era while the buffalo were represented as the Native Americans angered that their land had been taken over.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple One Bad Apple]]" has many a FamilyFriendlyAesop about bullying. Among these are the wishful thinking that telling an adult will automatically solve the problem and that standing up to a bully will also make you a bully as well. Said morals are torn apart in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXDAzT355Tc review]] by [[WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter someone]] who actually was a victim of bullying.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' has the episode ''Love Struck'', where Timmy wishes for a world without girls, meaning men and women are each moved to different parts of the world. While the women form a Utopia, the men side of the world is a disgusting dump, without rules or even cleanliness. Also the episode completely goes with gender stereotypes, saying girls can't like 'boyish' things like sport and have to like certain traditionally girly things, while all men are disgusting idiots. Add to that the claim of 'love' in this episode seems to be just up to what Cupid decides with his arrows (which seem like aphrodisiacs) rather then actual love. Cupid even tells Timmy they can't decide who their valentine is and that it is up to Cupid. Oh yeah, and the only romantic love that exists is ''heterosexual'' since the men and women being separated means Cupid almost dies from the lack of it. WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter goes into detail on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6dlNHRxrcM this.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode, ''Thief in the Night'', the Decepticons team up with the oil-producing nation of Carbombya, a thinly-veiled pastiche on the country of Libya (or ''any'' middle-eastern oil-producing country, for that matter). Creator/CaseyKasem, who is of Lebanese descent, [[http://www.ameu.org/getattachment/eb588714-7b14-4412-9a63-c6c5a4fe8e8b/Arab-Defamation-in-the-Media.aspx had issues with portraying the country in such a stereotypical manner]], especially since there weren't any good Arabs to offset the villainous ones.[[note]]Relevant info starts at page 7[[/note]] This eventually led to Kasem quitting the show, causing several of his characters to be DemotedToExtra.
%%* WesternAnimation/{{Vixen}}: [[https://www.facebook.com/sonofbaldwinfb/posts/10153181375712862 See here.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'': The AdaptationExpansion that was supposed to be an AuthorsSavingThrow for Barbara's StuffedIntoTheFridge treatment in the graphic novel is even worse than in the source material, as [[spoiler: she's treated as MsFanservice and given an arc portraying her as an [[http://comicsalliance.com/animated-killing-joke-batman-batgirls-relationship/ emotionally needy girl seeking out a relationship with Batman rather than a platonic friend and heroic protege]]]]
* There's an InUniverse example in the Creator/{{Pixar}} short film ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', the plot of which is [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible and Frozone]] watching the unaired pilot of a show about them. Frozone (a black superhero) is highly upset that ([[StylisticSuck among other things]]), they [[ButNotTooBlack lightened his skin tone considerably]], made him speak in JiveTurkey, and made him the DistressedDude while his (white) friend Mr. Incredible rescues him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an InUniverse example in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E13SimpsoncalifragilisticexpialaAnnoyedGruntcious Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious]]". Krusty the Clown hosts a special but [[https://puzzledpagan.com/2016/03/22/s08-e13-simpsoncalifragilisticexpialaannoyed-gruntcious realizes too late]] that its title, ''[[XtremeKoolLetterz Krusty Komedy Klassic]]'', has [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] [[http://66.media.tumblr.com/047a2e8393c9796b28e050e0bb3978a7/tumblr_ncflp78lpv1s5tlmxo1_500.png for initials]] which [[MistakenForRacist appear behind him in white as he comes on stage]]. To make matters worse, he's doing this special at the Apollo Theater, a venue with a predominantly black audience. He admits, "That's not good!" before the spectators boo and [[ProducePelting throw debris at him]]. Bonus points: Krusty is Jewish.