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Equal Opportunity Offender
"In a weird way, it would've been homophobic not to punch you."
Schmidt, 21 Jump Street

Some authors like to play favorites making one side look good one, while making fun of the side they don't sympathise with.

Not in this show. In this kind of show, there is no such thing as an acceptable target. They either mock all sides of an argument or none.

This trope is never played completely straight all the time due to the fact that Most Writers Are Human and all humans are biased (at least unconsciously).

This trope applies when a show doesn't have bias for any side in a given situation. However, it can be used inside the story too, when a character is particularly offensive to everybody.

A number of people have called themselves equal-opportunity offenders when defending themselves from accusations of bias, bigotry, etc, and have had varying degrees of success. The less successful ones have helped make the phrase a tad controversial, if only by association.

In addition, it has been argued that if different groups of people are in unequal situations to begin with, then it's difficult to offend them all "the same". note  Of course, this argument is itself controversial, and has been challenged as misguided, unfair, or patronizing. It's a heated debate.


Examples

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    Comics 
  • Haagse Harry mocks every ethnicity and political background, starting with the author's own.

    Live Action Tv 
  • Top Gear. Especially Jeremy Clarkson. Well, mostly Jeremy Clarkson. Entirely by himself. Occasionally he does like a car. But usually he hates most of them, complains about the engineers, mocks the factory worker, and makes offensive comments about the entire population of the manufacturers country. Especially when he's on a test drive in that country. But no country is safe and even England gets the same treatment.
  • Frankie Boyle will attack anyone and everyone.
  • Mongrels was very free about who it set out to offend.
  • In-universe example: Dr. Gregory House.
  • S Club 7 Series: None of the villains, even the sheriff in the Back To The 50s, single out a member of band based on race and religion. They were targeted by a villain because of their ability to foil an evil plot and inspiring others to stand-up for themselves... nothing more.
    • In the Back To The 50s film, Bradley would've been an easy target because he's black and attacks against blacks by whites in the 50s were common, yet the Rockets and the sheriff only targeted him because he was willing to stand up for himself and his friends. Paul and Jo, who are WHITE, were also jailed along with Bradley and Rachel, who's Eurasian. Tina is half Indo-Guyanese, while Jon and Hannah were also white and they were fair game!

    Newspaper Columnists 
  • The Straight Dope: Cecil Adams doesn't shy away from sensitive topics just because they may offend. In one column he said, "About the only people this column has failed to offend already in its checkered history are left-handed Anabaptists."note 

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • George Carlin, moreso in his early days than his later ones. If you exist, he makes fun of you. Woman, man, black, white, left, right, didn't matter. To him, you sucked or someone was making you up.
  • Lisa Lampenelli. Audience members have gotten offended when she wasn't making fun of them.

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    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • South Park is famous for mocking every side in an argument.
    • Case in point - in "Goobacks", the characters appearing on a political talk show were named "Pissed-Off White-Trash Redneck Conservative" and "Aging Hippie Liberal Douche".
  • The creator of Family Guy has stated that his goal is to offend everyone. The writers on Family Guy, however, go much easier on certain targets than they do on others.
    • American Dad! is a better example, for example the main character and his daughter (who are right/left wing radicals respectively) are both depicted as complete hypocrites.
    • Interestingly enough, on one of the most reviled episodes "Not all Dogs go to Heaven", which insults religion, the episode seems offensive to atheists while trying to make people agree with them.
  • Eris says this in her debut episode in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
  • Animaniacs. If it exists, it will be mocked.
  • The Boondocks. Unlike the comic strip, which is unmistakably left-wing in its bias.
  • Drawn Together

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