Opinion Override

Black Woman: I uh... actually don't care if white people want to wear dreads. It's just fuckin' hair, dude.
White Woman: [clamps her hand over the black woman's mouth] You poor, ignorant, stupid fool who has internalized white supremacy and racism! Don't worry, I'll fight the good fight for you, since you are obviously too brainwashed to know better! I'll be offended on your behalf!

Someone broadcasts something that a white knight for some group finds offensive. The thing is, though, the white knight in question isn't a part of the group themselves and is getting offended on the group's behalf. The people who are actually members of the group think that the "offensive" joke is Actually Pretty Funny, and say such. Or they don't even care that they're supposed to be "offended".

Cue the Periphery Demographic white knight calling said group members Category Traitors and/or Boomerang Bigots with Internalized Categorism. If this argument is happening on the internet, the white knight may even accuse the group members of not actually being group members at all, because no REAL member of the group would ever disagree with them on this matter, obviously.

There are Unfortunate Implications in this one as well: saying, for instance, that a politically correct white viewer knows what's racist better than a black viewer does, and will "defend" black people from having their own opinion on the matter if they don't agree with the white person in question.

Happens a lot in Fan Wank. Related to Category Traitor and Condescending Compassion. Definitely does occur as Truth in Television — yet note how many of the examples below still are Strawman Political. Sometimes this happens because the white knight has a friend or a family member who's a member of the group.

Might happen when Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales.

Please limit Real Life examples to someone White Knighting for a single person and the target not being offended.


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     Film Live Action  


  • Showing up in several Discworld books, the Campaign for Equal Heights is an advocacy group aiming to reduce discrimination against dwarfs. The Campaign is mostly run by humans who think that the dwarfs are being exploited, looked down on, or otherwise unfairly treated. Dwarfs themselves don't care much about what the Campaign is doing; they only want to work and send more money home. Besides which, as the narration mentions, if they were actually offended by something the humans did, they have their own ways of expressing themselves. Typically involving battleaxes.
  • In the Harry Potter books, Hermione tries to free the House Elves, though most of them like their duties.

     Live Action TV  

  • In one of The Late Show (Australia) "How to Host a Dinner Party" sketches, one of the obligatory guests is the annoyingly politically-correct guy. The sketch has him complaining about how sexist Basic Instinct was, to which one of the female guests responds that she quite enjoyed it.
  • In an episode of Coupling, Sally is infuriated by Howard, a gay man who is a right-wing Tory voter and minimally PC. When Jeff gives a trademark Bucket of Ears speech about how much easier sex must be for gay men:
    Howard: That's a very good point, actually.
    Sally: No it's not! It's homophobic, you stupid queen!

     Newspaper Comics  

  • Dilbert creator Scott Adams has taken his share of flak over the years for writing comic strips that offended people, and he noted in Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel that one of the most irritating problems he faced was white knighting by people who weren't part of the group he was taking the piss out of. His example was that if he made a joke about clown stereotypes, he'd get a lot of angry letters from his readers, but none of them would be from actual clowns.


  • This is Pat's entire deal in Achewood. He is never happy unless he can find some kind of political incorrectness to complain about, and if he has nothing in his immediate life that's wrong he'll be offended on behalf of entire other groups. He's really an insufferable ass who uses "being offended by something that should be offensive" to make himself feel superior.
  • Jim in Ménage à 3 is a Straw Male Feminist who is shown telling a woman who is a huge fan of the Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball series "What woman in her right mind would play such garbage?" after calling the series sexist and degrading to women. They give the details of their argument to Gary later.
    Tracy: So I tell Jim, "A woman, virtual or not, is free to be as sexy as she wants!"
    Jim: And I tell her, "Well, not if it panders to the Male Gaze!"

     Western Animation  

  • South Park:
    • People are up in arms over the band "Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld" because (allegedly) the only reason they're popular is that people like to come to laugh at Timmy, who is in a wheelchair and can only say his name. But people are actually there to support Timmy and enjoy the music, and Timmy himself is having fun. (Phil Collins is also upset and jumps on this bandwagon, but for him it's really because TatLotU are more popular than he is.)
    • In another episode, the kids in South Park have taken to using the word "fag" as a such a generic insult that they don't realize it's associated with homosexuality. People become up in arms about it and try to stop it. The homosexual community in South Park actually see it as a good thing that they've been dissociated from the insult and try to encourage it. This is very much not Truth in Television. The Unfortunate Implications of generalizing an insult currently rooted in homophobia makes it actually a bigger pet peeve for many queers than using it on them directly.
    • In another episode, Big Gay Al implores people not to sue the Boy Scouts over their policy of not allowing openly gay scout leaders, reasoning that the Scouts are a private club and should be allowed to determine membership according to their own values, even if they are values that he disagrees with.note  Like the above, this is far from a unanimous (or even widespread) opinion among Real Life gay people regarding the Real Life Boy Scouts.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The episode Over A Barrel has rough analogues for settlers and natives in the form of ponies and buffalo respectively feuding over the use of a patch of land: the ponies see it as perfectly good land for growing crops for the developing town of Appleloosa, while the buffalo have used it as a sacred ground for centuries. Both sides have genuine grievances and make good points, and in fact Little Strong Heart and Braeburn seem willing enough to try to reach a compromise. Unfortunately Rainbow Dash and Applejack shout over the two representatives, having become emotionally vested themselves.
    Rainbow Dash: We brought our friend Little Strong Heart to explain why the settlers should move the apple trees off buffalo land.
    Braeburn: That information would be helpf-
    Applejack: That's funny, because my cousin Braeburn was about to explain to the buffalo why they should let the apple trees stay!
    Little Strong Heart: That would be a useful thing t-
    Rainbow Dash: The land is THEIRS!
  • The Popeye cartoon "Leave Well Enough Alone" has Popeye feeling sorry for the animals in a pet store so he buys them all and sets them free. The only animal left in the store is a parrot who says he's got a good thing with a roof over his head and three square meals a day. Just as all the animals are caught and about to be impounded, Popeye licenses them all and returns them to the pet shop. Again, the parrot admonishes "leave well enough alone."

     Real Life  

  • Gary Larson got one of these cases on his hands when he drew a comic about Jane Goodall. A female chimp finds a blond hair in her mate's fur and accuses him of having helped 'that Jane Goodall tramp' with some 'research'. Shortly after publishing it, he got a cease-and-desist from someone claiming to represent Jane Goodall, expressing outrage at the implications of bestiality, the reference to her as a 'tramp', etc. Gary, who states that he has nothing but respect for Goodall's work, dutifully pulled the comic. Not long after, he got a letter from National Geographic Magazine requesting to use that comic for an article about Jane Goodall, and when he told them that he couldn't due to the C&D, they were mystified. The editor knew Jane personally, and stated that it didn't sound like her at all. A few phone calls later, it turns out that Jane Goodall herself thought the comic was hilarious, and she didn't know anything about a cease-and-desist. The comic was restored to its rightful place, including being used for the aforementioned article, but nobody ever found out who decided to complain to Gary on Jane's behalf, without bothering to tell her.
    • Jane would later write the foreword to the fifth Far Side Gallery, revealing that she knew who sent that C&D and heavily implying that person no longer worked for her.
  • During Halloween 2015, there was controversy when stores sold Caitlyn Jenner costumes for men. Several articles and social media users claimed it was transphobic and insensitive towards Jenner after she came out as transgender. Then when people asked Jenner herself, she said she thought the costumes were Actually Pretty Funny.