Commercials for Underoos brand underwear, once omnipresent on Saturday Morning TV vanished in the early 90s — a combination of networks' programming targeting older kids and increasing paranoia over anything that could even be implied to sexualize kids. Do a search for "Underoos" at YouTube and judge for yourself.
These fruit drink adverts were made and broadcast in the UK in the 1980s. Especially weird because "Kia ora' is Maori for hello, and has nothing to do with the American South. And especially weird as most 1980s British people wouldn't even recognize the stereotypes (the piccaninny, zoot suits, crows = black people, basketball as stereotypically 'black', "dog" as a term of affection, the "mammy" are all American ideas).
1960's Jell-O Ad. About how Chinese people have trouble not calling it "Jerro". Fun?
And how they can't eat anything without chopsticks.
The earliest McDonald's television commercials featured news weatherman Willard Scott as a far different version of Ronald McDonald. The commercials featured Scott (wearing a burger tray on his head, and sporting poorly-applied clown makeup and a goofy grin) explaining that he "likes to do what all little boys and girls like" and accosts a young boy by bribing him with cheeseburgers - the kid even says that he's "not supposed to talk to strangers", and Ronald replies with, "Well, your mother's right as always, but I'm Ronald McDonald!" Even though people wouldn't have batted an eyelid back then, the commercials were swiftly swept under the rug after the company relaunched the mascot in the late 70's, for obvious reasons.
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America includes what they lead you to believe are commercials for fictitious products, all including outlandishly outdated black stereotypes and caricatures as mascots. Then as the credits roll it's revealed almost all of these products were real or based on a real product. The companies were forced to adapt with changing times once their advertising content (specifically dark face portrayals and certain word choices) grew to be considered racist.
These advertising materials are one of the larger and more persistent problems for online crafts bazaar Etsy, as while they are valuable pieces of Americana collected for that aspect as well as the "never forget" point, they're also valued by racists for, well, rather obvious reasons. There's also the issue that people actually manufacture copies for the latter market, which is a business Etsy wants no part of, also for rather obvious reasons. Enforcing their policy of "yes to originals, no to copies" is something that they take seriously.
Some late 50s/early 60s Cheerios ads featuring the Cheerios Kid feature a Dastardly Whiplash-like villain who would kidnap his girlfriend and the kid would have to save her. These days, it seems pretty disturbing after recent events.
In the German-made board game Puerto Rico, the little brown cubes were originally "slaves". Later editions changed that to "colonists".
The Prayer Warriors have a set of values (it's acceptable to kill people who don't share your religion, who are homosexuals, or who are rape victims that didn't cry out loudly enough) that is quite different from many people, including their fellow Christians, to say the least. This trope is actually acknowledged in-story when Grover sees Benry dealing drugs to Rika and Books, and acknowledges that dealing drugs is (according to him), legal in Soviet Russia, but as it is illegal under US law, he has to kill Benry to enforce US law.
Justice League of Equestria: in Princess of Themyscira, Amazons actually wear clothes, unlike most ponies, and Diana is as disturbed at the possibility of Soarin' seeing her naked as most people in the real world would be.
She also brings up this trope when taking her vow to uphold the laws of mortals when in their realm, bringing up how she might run into laws and customs that she feels are unjust.
While Hades was never unfaithful to Persephone, the fact that he first kidnapped, and later blackmailed her into spending time with him, probably doesn't sit very well with modern audiences.
A possible intended interpretation of the abduction of Persephone also lends itself to this trope: some believe that the abduction was actually an elopement, and that Demeter was meant to be seen as clingy and overprotective of her daughter. While modern audiences would agree that a woman trying to keep her adult daughter from marrying is overprotective, the fact that Demeter is certain her daughter had been kidnapped makes her wild behavior a bit more sympathetic.
In the case of Ares and Mars, it is important to keep in mind that the Romans did not actually just adopt the Greek religion wholesale and change the names of the gods. Instead they engaged in a kind of syncretism wherein they matched the gods worshiped by the Greeks with their own Etruscan-Latin deities. To the Greeks, Ares was the god of brutal warfare. The Roman Mars was a god of agriculture as well as warfare, reflecting the fact that during the early Roman Republic most soldiers were also farmers. It is also worth noting that there was Values Dissonance regarding Ares among the Greeks. For example, the militaristic Spartans held Ares in higher esteem than other city-states, especially Athens.
In addition, the Roman conception of warfare, and hence Mars, was a lot closer to the ideals of warfare in defense of your people and nation than the Greek position was. So less Draco in Leather Pants than Heel-Face Turn. The Greeks perceived Ares as the enemy of civilization, whereas the Romans saw Mars as the patron of its expansion.
No one today would name a sports team something like the "San Antonio Wetbacks", "Chicago Polacks", or "New York Darkies", yet we have no trouble with the equally racist "Washington Redskins".
Invoked by the Fighting Whites of the University of Northern Colorado. Originally intended to show how racist the above sort of names were, it ended up being popular enough, selling t-shirts, to allow the creation of a scholarship fund for Native Americans.
A controversial example occurred when the NCAA went after teams with Native American based names under Myles Brand's leadership. The issue was that they not only went after the stereotypical named teams (which there were still a few of, though most had already been renamed), but also teams named for specific tribes, such as the Florida State Seminoles and University of Utah Utes. The controversy came from the fact that these teams were using the names of tribes native to the region that the schools were in, and were used with the knowledge and consent of the tribes.
Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) drew black characters in what would now be considered "blackface" caricatures. However, some of his political cartoons indicate that he was anti-racist, so this seems to have been simply the cartooning style of the day.
He admitted that he got caught up in the anti-Japanese storm after Pearl Harbor, and viewed it as an Old Shame.
He might have been more anti-Nazi/pro-war than anti-racist. His political argument for entering World War II, at a time when the prospect was controversial in the US, focused more on "the Germans will invade if we don't invade them first" than on "when they came for me, there was no one left to speak up."
It was a bit of both, actually. One of his main points◊ was that racism and segregation in the military and the workforce were hurting the war effort.
His early cartoons were anti-Semitic and racist partly due to his own prejudices, and partly due to the magazines paying him to write those cartoons. He eventually realized that demonizing Jews was just what the Nazis were doing, and so had a complete shift in his attitude towards people who were "different".
Even some of his anti-racist cartoons can be subject to values dissonance. This◊ one, for example. Perfectly admirable sentiment, but the imagery of injecting insecticide into someone's brain probably seems a lot more disturbing today than it did in the 40s.
Given that it is a cartoon in a genre characterized by its use of visual metaphor, I don't see how anyone could find that image shocking at any time in history unless they were completely unfamiliar with the idea of visual allegory.
It's also a reference to his well-known earlier work doing advertising for Flit insecticides.
Possibly even more jarring when you consider that children today are probably safer than they were then. And if you go back far enough, to the point where children were working in factories, fighting in wars, or otherwise doing things that would seem insane to modern audiences. But it's a truism that, in cultures with a significantly high enough mortality rate, the "we can always make more" mentality tends to be much more common.
This fact is curiously alluded in Digimon Tamers, when Takato's parents discuss if they should let their pre-teen son and his dinosaur pet go to an strange world where God Knows Which Dangers Lurk.
Mother: (angsted) But he is only ten years old! He's just a kid!
Father: (stoic) There was a time not long ago where he should have been old enough to travel alone.
Recently, there was a mother, Lenore Skenazy, who let her son take the subway home. Alone, albeit with a transit pass, a map of the transit system and more than $20 in case of an emergency. (She lived in New York) Naturally, the reaction was either "NO! YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" or "Good for you!"
Taking the train alone might be a rite of passage for a kid in New York, Chicago, or London, whereas in Hong Kong or Tokyo, it's just another day.
Her article. She knew her kid was not in any danger whatsoever, and taking the subway by himself was something he really, really wanted to try.
The Pokémon series usually treats children leaving the house at a preteen age to become Trainers as perfectly natural, but Black and White actually subvert this sort of mindset: Bianca's father is very apprehensive about letting her go off by herself and even appears to try and bring her home when she reaches Nimbasa City. Interestingly Bianca is older than the normal protagonist, being ambiguously between fourteen and seventeen.
Children's television. What's considered 'acceptable' varies on different sides of the Pond.
The newer LEGO lines, specifically Mars Mission, Atlantis, and LEGO Power Miners show the main human characters barging into native habitats, attacking and persecuting the native creatures (most of which seem to be trying to defend their territory) and plundering the area for resources. It's like Avatar, except here we're supposed to be rooting for the humans. And let's not even get into LEGO Space Police... Fortunately, it's LEGO, so you can make whomever you want win.
However, the original "LEGO Life On Mars" storyline had Martians who worked with the humans, and the humans departing at the end.
Celebrities and athletes in the media limelight tend to fall for this trope in the midst of a scandal or arrested for a crime. The public reaction seriously differs from case to case, even when two scandals/crimes are somewhat similar.
Chris Brown and Charlie Sheen. Both men are known for beating at least one woman, yet in Sheen's case, he's not nearly as ridiculed, though the lack of any leaked photos may have something to do with that.
Michael Vick and Dante Stallworth. Vick's been publicly vilified with his involvement on dog-fighting since day one. Two years later, Stallworth settles out of court for running over a man to death when Stallworth was intoxicated with marijuana. Yet Stallworth didn't face near the criticism that Vick did.
Celebrities accused of sexual crimes involving children usually see their careers ruined unless they're absolutely vindicated of them. By comparison, Michael Jackson's career was certainly damaged by multiple accusations of child molestation leveled at him in the last two decades of his life — not helped by his admitting to sleeping in the same bed as his prepubescent friends on a regular basis and settling out of court with two families over the issue — but he still maintained a large, loyal fanbase that sincerely believed his claims that his behavior was, rather than creepy, merely innocent and loving. Since his death, his estate and supporters have managed to raise him to Purity Sue status in pop culture via such productions as the This Is It concert rehearsal film and two Cirque du Soleil tribute shows.
There's more from where that came from; in fact, Cracked had an article specifically addressing this conundrum.
The Carousel of Progress at Disney Theme Parks. Since a lot of its script was written in The Sixties, there's a lot of talk about how new technology helps ease the women's burden of housework. It never occurs to the husband that the burden could be eased more if they'd step in.
Given that automation, especially the laundry machine and microwave oven, has had a major effect in reducing household chores, this is actually more a case of Aluminum Christmas Trees. Before 1920, running even a small house was a full time job, and even lower middle class people often had a full time domestic or gardener to run the house. Given that workers were striking for 60 hour work weeks and paid sick leave at the time, daddy-helping-around-the-house was easier said than done.
Even in the sixties, such things would have been regarded as increasingly antiquated. The current script treats those comments—which only occur in the scenes from the 1900s, 20s, and 40s anyway—as conscious anachronisms.
In a slightly different meaning of the word "Values", the Three Wise Men's gifts cause a lot of confusion with modern people who know what "gold" is since it's still a valuable, sought-after commodity, but have no idea that "Frankincense and Myrrh", in addition to being religiously symbolic, were pretty valuable commodities in those days. This gets played for laughs a lot and linked with the commonplace modern situation of one birthday guest showing up others by bringing a more expensive gift.
Religious reformation is essentially taking the Retcon pen to those parts of The Bible that simply won't fly now. You know, the slavery, genocide, and other fun stuff.
The Book of Job is a particularly egregious example. Job's reaction to his plight, even when learning the truth, makes him look like an Extreme Doormat to the shenanigans of those two. Modern audiences are also fairly appalled by Job being rewarded after his family is slaughtered by getting new wives and even more children. That does not make having your entire family wiped out retroactively okay!
The Book of Judges: Taken without a religious context, God reads like a totalitarian dictator for the entire book.
The Book of Joshua: Taken without a religious context, God appears a genocidal lunatic.
In a rare example of this trope operating the other way round, when the Hancock's Half Hour episode 'Sunday Afternoon at Home' broadcast, there were letters of complaint because it featured the cast sitting round at home totally bored....and there was no mention of them going to church. The BBC explained that the episode was called Sunday Afternoon and the cast had been to church in the morning.
A major problem on public transport in Japan is "frotteurism", basically male passengers feeling up female passengers in the crush (and occasionally the other way around). It's gotten so bad that most trains now have a designated "Women-only" car to combat the problem. One of the reasons it's so widespread is that the victims tend to simply stand there silently and leave as soon as possible. A Western woman in the situation would scream bloody murder and may even take a swing at the guy
British broadcasts of hit Scandinavian series such as Series/Borgen or Series/Wallander were often prefaced with warnings about the programme containing strong language and sexual content. What complicated things here was that the shows were in the original Swedish or Danish and subtitled into English. Scandinavians have a different attitude to profanity than the British. Words like "fuck" and "shit" still count as swear words, but do not carry the same charge that they do in English: they might be on a par with "bloody" or "bugger". These were pretty faithfully translated into their English equivalents in the subtitles, which must have presented a dilemma to the subtitlers: as these words are lower down the scale of swearing seriousness in Scandinavia, they might have been better represented in the subtitles with "sod!", "bloody!" or "bugger". However, a hangover from the Calvinist religious tradition in Scandinavia is that the real shockers are phrases considered mild in English: "Go to Hell!" or "Devil take you!" and variations on a theme are the local equivalent of "Fuck you!" or "Fuck off!" These too were literally translated in the subtitles, losing some of their severity in the subtitling... As for the warning about sexual content, it can be imagined that many Brits would think "This is Danish? And it's got sex in it? I'm watching!". (The British perception of Scandinavia is a land of sexual licence, perhaps derived from a time when Danish and Swedish were synonymous with hard-core porn). As Scandinavia has moved on from those days, if they ever existed, those viewers were in for a monumental let-down: such sex scenes as there were in Borgen were extremely mild, by British TV standards.
The Dutch-Belgian Sinterklaasfeest has been controversial since the 1970s, because Sinterklaas has a servant named "Zwarte Piet" ("Black Pete"),who is basically either a black slave or a white guy in blackface. Nobody in the Netherlands and Belgium sees this folkloric character as being racist, especially since it's often told that he's black because of the chimney dirt, but tourists are often horrified when they see Dutchmen and Belgians celebrating blackface servants. As recently as 2013, the United Nations, under the authority of the High Commissioner for Human Rights were to investigate whether Zwarte Piet is a racist stereotype. The Dutch government responded by stating that the Sinterklaas celebration is a tradition for children in the Netherlands
The Dutch fashion magazine Jackie came under fire after an article jokingly referred to Rihanna as a "nigger bitch", apparently unaware of the concept behind N-Word Privileges. The ensuing firestorm of controversy led to editor in chief Eva Hoeke resigning in disgrace.
During the early-to-mid 2000s, it was not unheard of for young people (mainly teens) to refer to something stupid as "gay", or to use the word "fag" for someone they disliked, found annoying, or as a name to tease their friends with. This sort of thing is generally frowned upon now, with the current Gay Rights Movement.
'Gay' as that sort of derogatory adjective is still 100% current in 2013 Britain.
A curious example of Values Dissonance came with Sofia Vergara’s famous “rape joke” that cause outrage among American public, while “rape jokes” are pretty common in Latin America (and not necessary only as Black Humor).
Cat experts and charities in the USA often cite allowing your cat to roam outdoors as a hallmark of a negligent owner, and many feline documentaries (such as My Cat From Hell) and advice columns will be scandalised should they come across a cat with unlimited access to the outdoors. As a result, European owners can come in for a hard time should they read, watch or interact with such sites / shows / books, as mentioned here, especially since USA-based shows and advice tends to dominate. In many European countries, including the UK, common consensus considers it cruel to deny cats access to the outdoors, with many charities refusing to rehome cats in flats (apartments) or houses with no outdoor space. The key factors involved in this difference mainly come down to traffic / population density (the USA has many more cars and much busier roads), hazards (the UK has very few wild animals that would actively prey on a cat) and even law (cats are legally permitted to roam freely in the UK, and owners are not accountable for their cats in the same way that a dog owner is accountable for their dog). This may also be a matter of human convenience too — with so many people in the US living in apartments, sticking to the "cats must have access to the outdoors" rule would deny many people the right to keep a cat. Maintaining that all cats should be kept indoors levels the playing field.
Another feline-related note of Values Dissonance: Declawing is thorny territory in the US, but not illegal. It is certainly illegal in many other countries, which have deemed it mutilation of an animal. This comes up less often than the indoor/outdoor debate, since many US experts are also adamantly against declawing.
Similar to the declawing debate of cats above, in the United States, it's common for ferret owners to have their pets both neutered and descented (removing the skunk-like scent glands). However in Europe and other areas outside the US, the latter is considered mutilation and may actually be illegal to have performed (neutering is generally more acceptable, particularly for female ferrets, which can enter prolonged heat that is potentially life-threatening if she's not bred).