Yeah, I just wasn't sure if it was just three days or a whole week. We really need a stickied thread or a guidelines page that codifies the typical (but reasonably flexible) procedure(s) for the various kinds of crowners here.
I don't like Divine Token Minority. This trope really does not have much to do with any of the token tropes. If you had a movie with an all black cast and a black God, it would still be this trope, but they wouldn't be a token minority there.
Why "token"? That word has many definitions, notably "Done for the sake of appearances or as a symbolic gesture" and "as a matter of form only; nominal", and the trope doesn't fit any of them.
Those definitions describe this trope exactly!
It's a trope about casting God as a minority for the sake of appearance, or as a symbolic gesture. It's making God a minority as a token gesture.
If there's a clear reason for making God a minority, I would even say that it doesn't count as this trope. This is just about having a minority God for the sake of appearing not racist, or, in other words, for the sake tokenism.
I like "God is not ___" for a name, since this trope is about playing with people's conceptions of how God will look
"Done badly, it comes across as an Anvilicious attempt at generating liberal guilt, and a particularly extreme use of the Magical Negro trope."
I don't know, that seems like exactly what I was talking about.
Is that true?
Just going through the Film section, every example besides 2 has a minority God just for the sake of having a minority God. (Baggar Vance and Major League are the ones I'm not including)
edit: and going trough the TV section, about 7 have no justification, and the rest are just people discussing the trope.
Changing the description from "sometimes there is a good reason for the deity to be black (etc), but sometimes that is nominal" to "the deity is black (etc) and that is nominal" is a pretty major shift in meaning.
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel. Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
Alternative Titles: Token Deity
15th Feb '12 6:22:41 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
The reason we are renaming this trope is to stop the misconception that this trope is exclusively about a god not being white and/or male.
This trope is about a deity portrayed as a different race or gender than their standard portrayal for example the Abrahamic god as a black woman or the Hindu Goddess Shiva being a white male.
This trope is NOT restricted to the Judeo-Christian God. Names must be able to cover ALL deities from ALL religions.
18 (yeas:20 nays:2) 10.00 : 1
Divine Race Lift (with Divine Gender Flip as a redirect)
Cons: It's inevitable that this Trope is going to be full of examples of the Judeo-Christian God, and the Bible doesn't say anything about his race.
Affirmative Action God
Pros: "Affirmative Action" covers both race/ethnicity and sex/gender, a la Affirmative Action Legacy.
Cons: Still encourages the exact same misuse and under use that was the reason we renamed in the first place as it sounds like a deity chosen to fill a quota. Not a deity that's had a Race Lift or a Gender Lift.