I mean, here you are, at a rally for the expressed purpose of denying your fellow citizens their equal rights, and all of a sudden these people show up. And they're just standing there, in front of you. And they actually have the nerve to disagree with you. Who could have seen that coming? I can only imagine the deep and enduring anguish of being confronted by people who don't share your "views".
A social/political commentary Internet show, written and hosted by the titular Zinnia Jones and distributed through her YouTube channel
. Zinnia usually speaks about issues that connect to religion, politics and
homophobia, but one of those three is enough and sometimes entirely different issues pop up as well.
Zinnia Jones identified as a gay man when she began the show, but since at least 2011 has identified as a gay woman and is on the path to matching her sex and gender through HRT.
Now, on to tropes.
Has examples of
- Abomination Accusation Attack: Used for satire in the episode Conservative Christians Are Rapists And Pedophiles.
- Activist Fundamentalist Antics: There are at least two episodes on this: MassResistance and Westboro Baptist Church.
- Agree to Disagree: The premise of the episode "In Defense of Drawing Muhammad".
- All Gays Are Pedophiles: Played with in the episode Conservative Christians Are Rapists And Pedophiles.
- Ambiguous Gender: Early on, Zinnia had a very ambiguous look that could be seen either way, and ignored questions about whether she was a boy or girl, and saying that you could use either 'he' or 'she' for pronouns, as she simply didn't care. She has since revealed that she was born male and "assigned" that gender at birth, but still doesn't really care, and seems to be at least somewhat amused by others frustrations over her appearance. Now she prefers feminine pronouns and has since gone though HRT to transition.
- Ambiguous Situation: Invoked in this episode about how different Christians interpret The Bible differently.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Your threats of hell mean nothing.
- Backhanded Apology: The episode I'm sorry, NOM.
- Boomerang Bigot: The episode Gay people who hate gay people.
- Captain Obvious: Often combined with Strawman Political for comedic effect; watching Zinnia verbally slap around these morons can be totally hilarious.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The episode Re: "Gigantic faggot"
- Coming-Out Story: The episode "Coming Out".
- Had an episode where she came out as a lesbian transwoman, called (funnily enough) "Coming out...again!".
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair in some videos.
- Deadpan Snarker: In many episodes, especially episodes such as Atheists Are So Arrogant!
- Do Wrong, Right: This admittedly slightly confusing video
- Doublethink: The episode on Pascal's Wager, briefly arguing the potential benefits of believing in different religions separately from each other but simultaneously.
- Driven to Suicide: "Remembering Alan Turing", one unusually dark episode.
- Eagleland: Type 1 played straight as finale of the episode Prop 8 overturned as unconstitutional!
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Discussed in the episode 'Re: "Can't Even Go to the Park"' regarding the blog post "Can't Even Go to the Park" which gained international infamy for suggesting that the concepts of "freedom" and "Not outlawing the existence of gay people" are mutually exclusive.
- Final Solution: Invoked in Jason "Molotov" Mitchell: Cheerleader for genocide as well as Why Not Immortality?
- God Is Flawed: One episode portrays God as a victim of peer pressure, with horrible consequences such as going along with barbaric cultural patterns until Jesus came along.
- He-Man Woman Hater: The episode "You Treat Women Like That?".
- Heteronormative Crusader: Zinnia talks about this in several episodes.
- Hypocrisy: ...has it's benefits
- I Am A Humanitarian: Played with in "Come and Get Me, al-Awlaki!".
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: In the episode "Filling in each other's blanks: The importance of listening", Zinnia discuss the concepts of "known unknowns" versus "unknown unknowns". With "known unknowns", we are least know what kind of answer we are looking for. That something is an unknown unknown, however, means that we are even ignorant of our own ignorance. Zinnia argues that we should always listen to people's experiences: If nothing else, it can still alert us to questions we didn't yet know we needed an answer for.
- Immortality: Debated in episodes such as The pursuit of technological immortality and the follow-up Why Not Immortality?.
- Internalized Categorism: Zinnia Jones talks about internalized homophobia in several episodes, especially ''coming out'', which is based on the concept that Heteronormative Crusader antics are designed to 'make'' gay people hate themselves.
- Jesus Was Crazy: Zinnia claims that the biblical Jesus was way out of whack, for example in The Meaningless Death Of Jesus.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The episode What WOULDN'T you do for God?
- Manufacturing Victims: The episode I am not a symptom.
- Moral Event Horizon: Invoked; Advocating genocide etc is branded as this in Jason "Molotov" Mitchell: Cheerleader for genocide
- Moral Guardians: Mocked in episodes such as Day of Silence, Stupidity of Homophobes.
- No Bisexuals: Debated in Some People Are Bisexual
- Nonsense Classification: Attributed to Rick Santorum in A napkin is not an argument: Deconstructing Santorum
- Not So Different: The episode "Gay-Hating Atheists" points out that atheists can be just as narrow-minded (and with less reason for being so) then their religious counterparts.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Parodied in the episode Re: "Gigantic faggot"
- Pride Parade: Zinnia spend episodes such as Taking Pride In Pride and I don't care what you think of pride parades arguing that the parades are nessecary and that those critics who don't have a gay-hating agenda are missing the point.
- The Prophet Muhammad: With her contribution ZINNIA JONES DRAWS THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD... A friendly smiley with a turban.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Deconstructed in Are atheists "angry at God"?
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: ...and if it was Meant To Happen, as a part of God's Plan, eeeeew!
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The serious elements were there from the beginning, but the attitude that gives it comedy value was added later. It started out as a regular video blog, without any style and with a very unrefined theme.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: The episode Facists and their facism!
- Safe, Sane and Consensual: The episode "Public Service Announcement: Don't Grope People".
- Senseless Sacrifice: Mentioned here.
- Serious Business: Insane Clown Posse and Zinnia strongly disagree with each other... and somehow manage to keep a straight face, criticizing each other without giggling even once.
- Sex Slave: Portrayed as a sign of lawmaking gone horribly wrong, in Backwards fetishistic legal idiocy
- Shaped Like Itself: The episode The empty appeal to tradition.
- The Singularity: Debated in the episode The Singularity.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Picks apart the Unfortunate Implications of this attitude in Gay people who hate gay people.
- Straw Hypocrite: The episode Catholic values: Show compassion for gay people by firing them for no reason.
- That Came Out Wrong: Invoked in the episode It got stuck?
- Transsexual: Seems like she was assigned the male gender, but has since gone through the process of transitioning to female.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: Debated in Why Not Immortality?.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the episode Overstating the case for full decriminalization of prostitution.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Salvation Army in the episode "Boycott the Salvation Army".
- Windmill Crusader: Invoked in this episode.
- Windmill Political: "Witchcraft"
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Debated in the episode A challenge to Christians: Stop defending genocide
- Your Normal Is Our Taboo: One episode satirizes homophobia by pretending that heterosexuality is taboo. Another play with it.