Alice tells Bob
: "Outside you're X, but inside, you're (really) Y!" This means that Bob belongs to, claims to belong to, or at least seems to belong to group X but behaves like someone from group Y. This usually implies that Y is evil, intolerant of X, or at best mutually exclusive with X. Ultimately, this is a way to call Bob a phony.
Often used to accuse someone of being a Category Traitor
Contrast Pretty Fly for a White Guy
in which a member of group X considers himself
to be a part of group Y though members of Y disagree.
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- Oreo: Black on the outside, white on the inside.
- Coconut: Brown (particularly Hispanic) on the outside, white on the inside.
- Banana/Twinkie: Yellow (East Asian or Southeast Asian) on the outside, white on the inside.
- "Egg" and "daisy" have both been used for the inverse.
- Less commonly, Pencil: Yellow on the outside, black on the inside.
- Apple: Red on the outside, white on the inside (for Native Americans)
- "Melons" or "Watermelons," used by conservatives to describe Greens (green outside, red inside)
- Also used by Greens to describe people they feel are just socialists/communists giving lip service to Green ideas because Green is "hipper" or politically safer than Red.
- "Radishes", from communists for moderate leftists (red outside, white inside)
- Rino (Republican In Name Only), Dino (Democrat In Name Only).
- "Beefsteak" was used by Nazis to deride former socialists who they suspected of only joining the Nazis / SA / SS due to pressure: brown on the outside, red on the inside.
- And the other way round: After World War 2, ex-Nazis joining the Austrian Socialists were called "Punschkrapferl" - outside red (or pink), inside brown.
- The giant statue of Christ recently built in Poland got some "concrete on the outside, empty on the inside" comments. (Actually, these are both bad as in Poland "concrete" is used to mean something unable/unwilling to reform, such as die-hards of the old regime.)
- "Crunchie" is an (extremely mild and rarely serious) insult to intelligence, meaning brunette on the outside, but blonde on the inside.
Use in fiction
- Top 10 has a robot deriding Joe Pi as being too human by calling him "Spambo" (metal on the outside, meat on the inside)
- In Double Happiness, the (Chinese-American) protagonist complains that he's "such a twinkie" (yellow on the outside, white on the inside).
- In an episode of Scrubs, Dr. Cox derides Turk for being whiter than he is.
- On Veronica Mars, Hispanic students who excel in school are called Coconuts: brown outside, white inside.
- In Prime Suspect 2, the black British police officer Bob Oswalde is also called a coconut.
- in the UWF "Iceman" King Parsons once called Savannah Jack an Oreo for teaming with Gentleman Chris Adams. (Adams had been Parsons' tag team partner until Parsons had a Face-Heel Turn.)
- There's an episode of King of the Hill where Khan's idol, Ted Wassonasong, calls him a banana (yellow skin, white inside), after which Khan tries to get in touch with his Laotian culture.
- The lesson is remember your heritage and don't let anyone tell you how to live your life.
- Inverted on American Dad!. Francine (adopted by Chinese parents) gets a sitcom about her stand-up act, and in the first episode her sitcom parents express dismay at her white husband. When she protests "I'm white!", her sitcom mother says "You're a reverse banana — white on outside, yellow on inside!"
- In the Drawn Together episode where Ling-Ling gets his "Asian eyes" fixed, Godzilla shows up and accuses him of being a "Twinkie": yellow on the outside, white on the inside.