Why Does Everybody Hate Mimes?:

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I think mimes are interesting to watch. Granted, I'm that sort of freak of nature who finds all forms of theatre and artistic expression interesting and rankles at the thought of "limits on decency"
27 Pykrete5th Sep 2012 01:13:12 PM from Viridian Forest
I don't really find mimes that disturbing either (probably because they're just such a goldmine for weird shit), but I can see how.

edited 5th Sep '12 1:13:54 PM by Pykrete

28 TamH705th Sep 2012 02:02:33 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
A mime, or a guy with his mouth covered in strips of black tape anyway, was top comedian at on of the Ediburgh Festival Fringe comedy events.

Shows you just how screwed up the easties actually are, imho, 8-)
29 Clarste5th Sep 2012 03:45:08 PM , Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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I think it's mostly a joke. They're usually used as a form of Acceptable Target that's so absurd that no one can take the hatred seriously.
30 Malph5th Sep 2012 08:11:21 PM from The middle of somewhere , Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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Because they're stealth clowns. At least you can hear a clown coming, what with the laughing and honking. But with mimes, they can sneak up on you and strangle you with an invisible rope before you could react.

But, seriously, it's probably because they're as annoying as clowns but don't give you balloon animals (maybe an invisible one, but unless you're one of them you can't enjoy it).
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31 Lawyerdude26th Sep 2012 07:35:04 AM from my secret moon base
I agree with the Acceptable Targets argument. I don't actually know anybody who "hates" mimes. I find them annoying, but I've probably seen more parodies than actual mimes. Like the part in Tim Burton's Batman, where Joker has a gang dressed like mimes. Or the bit in Monty Python's Flying Circus where Graham Chapman impersonated Marcel Marceu and then got crushed by a 16-ton weight.
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32 BokhuraBurnes26th Sep 2012 11:04:02 AM from Inside the Bug Pit
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33 Michael26th Sep 2012 01:54:32 PM , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
So that's what this does
I don't hate mimes. In fact I find the female ones oddly arousing. That may be linked to why.
34 TheyCallMeTomu26th Sep 2012 01:55:48 PM , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
That's because mimes are associated with France, and French chicks are hawt.
35 Michael26th Sep 2012 01:58:25 PM , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
So that's what this does
Naah, I live close enough to France to not harbour any illusions about frenchwomen.

I think it's just because they're odd. Weird women do it for me.
Fiction tends to exaggerate it. As the Trope page says, with real ones, it's like clowns, they often can't seem to take the "I'm not in a good mood, go bother someone else" hint and go away.
As a lover of quiet and silence, I can't really hate any social group whose whole shtick relies on not making any noise. More of us should be mimes.
38 codytheheadlessboy16th Nov 2014 09:34:14 PM from Parts Unknown , Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
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I don't notice any anti-mime sentiments in real life. Hell, I don't think I've ever even actually seen a mime performing outside of a TV show or a movie. My guess is somebody hating mimes is a gag that first appeared in some movie or TV show a long time ago. Audiences found it funny so other movies and TV shows did it too. Eventually so many did it that it got to the point where nobody remembers who did the gag first. I'm also guessing the writers wanted to give a charcter some kind of prejudice that is so absurd people wouldn't take it seriously, wouldn't get any actual ethnic groups up in arms, and wouldn't appear ridiculously outdated. For example if you have a bigoted character who calls everybody he disagrees with a Communist and makes Polish jokes most audiences nowadays would ask if you merely wrote over an old All in The Family script.

edited 16th Nov '14 9:47:16 PM by codytheheadlessboy

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39 pvtnum1117th Nov 2014 05:43:59 PM from Kerbin low orbit , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Mimes earned my ire strictly because, in the original Sims game, they would show up unannounced and uninvited, and be generally irritating. If you asked them to leave, they would put a puppet on their hand and yell "NOOOOO" through the puppet. Using Buy/Build Mode in attempts to keep them out of your lots (or to get rid of them, kill them off, whatever) would usually fail.

Haven't really seen any in real life, so my exposure to Mimes is rather limited.

Now, if the title to the thread had been "Why Does Everybody Hate Mines?"... well, they have an irritating tendency to lay there nice and quiet, only to explode when you aren't paying attetion. Gee... maybe they're similar...?

edited 17th Nov '14 5:44:17 PM by pvtnum11

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40 Noaqiyeum22nd Nov 2014 02:15:47 PM from the October Country , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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[up] Mime mines: they are completely noiseless and invisible, people just spontaneously fly away from the person who stepped on them.

(I love mimes.)
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We've all heard the "If a tree falls in the forest and there's nobody around, does it make a sound?" joke, but my favorite variant is "If a tree falls on a mime in the forest and there's nobody around, does anybody care?"

Personally I don't hate mimes and have been impressed by what they can do, but it can be overdone. There's a "sweet spot" as to how long people will willing look at mimes, and many of them pass that mark. I think most of the hate is from the endless recycling of what is essentially the same small set of tricks or when they pull the exaggerated expressions more than is really necessary.
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