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Playing With: Racist Grandma
Basic Trope: An elderly person who carries racist attitudes and/or uses racial terms now considered derogatory.
  • Straight: Alice refers to Bob as "that negro over there."
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice treats Bob like he's there to serve her even though he isn't.
    • Alice upbraids Bob for not being out in the cotton fields toiling, and demands to know where his "master" is.
  • Downplayed: Alice ignores Bob in a reception line because she doesn't shake hands with black people.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is unaware that the term "colored" is no longer acceptable.
    • Alice hasn't been around many different-race people in her life; anyone who looks different really stands out to her.
    • Alice grew up in a time when her behavior would have been seen as normal and acceptable, and has a hard time accepting that times (and standards of behavior) have changed.
    • Or, she has accepted that times have changed, but is going senile.
    • Alice is a member of a Neo-Nazi group.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice uses no unacceptable terms in reference to Bob.
  • Double Subverted: But she keeps staring at him because he looks different and/or regards him with suspicion.
  • Parodied: Alice has the attitudes towards racial matters of the Deep South in the Fifties. The Eighteen-Fifties.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice doesn't show outdated prejudice against people of color—as long as they're professionally dressed and groomed. Any variation from business attire brings out her bigoted side.
  • Averted:
    • Alice uses no racially-insensitive terms.
    • Alice never meets or sees Bob.
  • Enforced: The story takes place in the South sometime after the period of the Civil Rights Movement, Alice is from an older generation that still caries some racist attitudes.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm sorry, Bob...Grandma hasn't caught on with the whole PC movement..."
  • Invoked: Alice can't reach something at the supermarket, and requests (or demands) help from Bob.
  • Exploited: Alice is running for City Council and her opponent sets up a situation with Bob to reveal her outdated views.
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to be seen as racist, so she reaches for the MacGuffin herself.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob is one of her grandson Charlie's best friends and their relationship becomes strained.
  • Reconstructed: Someone informs Alice of the social changes of the last few decades, and Alice makes an effort to comply with current social norms. (But not in a Totally Radical way.)
  • Played For Drama: Bob takes Alice's remarks personally.

I don't want to be the one who has to back to the main trope and tell Gran that she doesn't have N-Word Privileges anymore...

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