Needs Help: Plumbers Crack

Deadlock Clock: 24th Jul 2014 11:59:00 PM
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51 Lakija6th May 2014 03:40:53 PM from Chicago , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Forgive me, but I would prefer an even more neutral definition for this trope. I like 39 except for a couple little tidbits here and there. This may be an improvement or even worse. But here it is, nonetheless.

The Plumber Crack gag is a classic comedy staple. It is a situation in which a plumber or other blue-collar worker of similar ilk bends to do some task and exposes their butt crack in the process to onlookers.

Common stereotypes of the Blue-Collar worker are their apparent lack of hygiene and personal fitness. Keeping in mind the principle of Show, Don't Tell, the (usually) overweight and hirsute character bends down to take a look at something, and their pants fall or get pulled below their waistline.

The Reaction Shot of the other characters is typically Played for Laughs. Characters are often far more disgusted by the sight than similar sights of "Mooning". Another similar trope is Wardrobe Malfunction.

Same message, a little cleaner, a little more neutral. Maybe it takes too much away tho... hmm.

edited 6th May '14 3:46:52 PM by Lakija

It is what it is.
52 m8e8th May 2014 09:19:14 PM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
I like that. [tup]
53 ShanghaiSlave11th May 2014 05:11:13 AM from YKTTW , Relationship Status: is commanded to— WANK!
Is dast der Zerstorer? Odar die Schopfer?
54 shimaspawn18th May 2014 01:41:16 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
[up][up][up] Make the swap and let us be done with this.
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55 Willbyr18th May 2014 08:19:30 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
[up] Agreed, fire away.
56 Lakija20th May 2014 06:46:50 AM from Chicago , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
It is what it is.
57 Fighteer20th May 2014 11:15:05 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The examples need cleaning up, too. I smell note  a lot of ZCEs.
58 Furienna20th May 2014 03:19:52 PM from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Uncle Phil (a white-collar lawyer) having an unattractive ass is not a "humourous spin" in the trope. Uncle Phil (a white-collar lawyer) doing a blue-collar job badly is a humourous trope of its own.

Uncle Phil taking on the blue-collar job of plumbing then exposes his buttcrack because his pants cannot cover it while he works is a straight example of the trope. No changes needed.
So I guess I can do an entry about it?
59 Willbyr21st Jun 2014 05:47:55 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Clock is set.
60 lakingsif21st Jun 2014 08:56:39 AM , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
Right, the fact that some of the examples aren't even labourers, but just anyone showing their arse crack suggests that it really isn't a trope. For pity's sake, I forget to pull my pants up half the time, too, but I wouldn't say it's a trope. It could also present some Unfortunate Implications that labourers can't afford fitting trousers or are forgetful.

however.... Plumbers/builders show their arse crack? Only thing I could see to make of it would be maybe aversions when someone who lives there walks in and starts talking to the plumber like they're a parent/ friend/ at least acquaintance because they are just bent over, not showing a crack, and then discover they're actually the plumber/ whatever... maybe. Actually, no, not really.

I say toss it, or if not really possible, make it clear that it's a Played for Laughs Stereotyping Trope, and clean it up.

edited 21st Jun '14 1:15:28 PM by lakingsif

61 Willbyr21st Jul 2014 06:30:26 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Re-clocked; let's hike this up before it gets flushed.

edited 21st Jul '14 6:30:33 AM by Willbyr

Do we even need the gender-neutral language? This strikes me as an Always Male trope.
63 Willbyr25th Jul 2014 07:05:57 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
We're past the clock, time to flush this.
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