Yeah, when I thought up the trope name, it was a snowclone, particularly of "What Do You Mean It's Now Awesome", which is now Mundane Made Awesome.
So I think it's best we look at this trope name and see if there's a better one we can give it, thus leaving the "what do you mean it's not" name strictly for audience reaction tropes.
And how is this different from Disproportionate Retribution again?
WDYMINH implies that either a work or an in-universe character is making a bigger deal of something than is called for. DR implies that an in-universe character retaliates worse than what's being retaliated for. A character or work can invoke WDYMINH without condoning DR, or a character can condone or engage in DR while acknowledging that it's disproportionate.
That said, a rename would probably help to reduce confusion. At the very least it's worth a try.
"I even like the idea of a nice man who sees me when I'm sleeping and knows when I'm awake. And that man is Barack Obama." - Bill Maher
It still is thought of in strictly legal terms, so we shouldn't go for a work that makes some think the trope is narrower than it is.
The point of the trope isn't the nature of the act, but the reaction to the act as being heinous, when it is not. That is what the name need to reflect.
Not too fond of the jaywalking name, as a) it would make it another snowclone (of Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil), and b) the trope is not about treating jaywalking as worse than murder, but treating it as though it's a felony, of any degree.
It's funny, as soon as I go into "let's make trope names accurate" mode, Jaywalking Is A Special Kind Of Evil sounds terribly inaccurate because this isn't literally about jaywalking. But I suppose it's not a problem because even if someone takes it literally, they still shouldn't think it applies to something that it doesn't apply to, just more narrowly.
Alternative Titles: What Do You Mean Its Not Heinous
4th Jun '12 8:47:10 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.