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08:33:21 PM Jul 7th 2014
There are still tons of gross jokes about disabilities, especially mental disabilities. I want to live in a world where jokes about us aren't acceptable. :(
08:42:23 PM Jul 7th 2014
Agreed. But this isn't relevant to the article.
08:54:37 AM May 22nd 2012
Too many justifying edits, too little time.
08:33:34 AM Mar 13th 2012
I disagree with the examples on cats. Sure Anonymous has that reputation, but there's plenty of media that play cats getting hurt or dying for laughs.
12:10:11 PM Dec 29th 2011
That last paragraph could be summarized: oddly enough, most people don't like being told they suck.
02:18:53 AM Jun 3rd 2011
I'm not sure that any of these examples fit (although i found a place for the Berserk example in Once Acceptable Targets). I'll keep them here just in case someone can find a place for them.

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  • Berserk Abridged plays much of the original series for humor, but it doesn't really play Guts' Rape as Backstory for laughs (it's at most, understated Black Comedy), and for this reason, the creator gave the series a happy ending, as there really wasn't a way to make the show's actual ending funny.

  • In-universe example, from Discworld: the undead bar Biers is frequented by various terrors of the night and the elderly widow Mrs. Gammidge. No harm is permitted to come to her. To clarify: the other bar patrons collectively instituted this rule, it was not dropped on them from above.

  • In Old Harry's Game, pretty much every famous person in history is in Hell, and current celebrities will either be demons in disguise or victimized at some point by Satan. However, at one point, Satan has to make a trip to Heaven and recounts seeing the Queen Mother there, and comments on her looking good for her age.

11:13:42 PM Mar 17th 2011
Is Unacceptable Targets a Censorship Trope? If Too Soon fits, I'm thinking this does too.
04:28:13 PM Jun 15th 2011
edited by omgcantstopreading
Yes. The trope is specifically about topics which people aren't "allowed" to criticize, or where those with opposing viewpoints are actively suppressed or attacked. This is pretty much the definition of censorship (even if you think it's justified).
08:56:49 PM Nov 18th 2010
So, if I understand correctly, the difference between this trope and Once Acceptable Targets is that these targets have never been acceptable to begin with?
10:16:36 AM Nov 19th 2010
edited by batgirl1
(Edited after some more thought) Maybe. It might get into hair-splitting, if you're vigilant about targets that were mocked at one time by one people in the dark annals of history. I guess the basic rule of thumb is "Oh, you're mocking the Once Acceptable Target? How behind-the-times you are. I will laugh derisively at you." Vs. "You're mocking the Unacceptable Target? YOU MONSTER!!!"
08:28:05 PM Dec 19th 2010
That's a pretty good reasoning. I'll put some of what you said on the main page so we can have a better understanding.
03:24:46 AM Nov 16th 2010
The implications of changing 'starcraft' to 'starcraft 1'. I lolled.
05:00:56 PM Sep 26th 2010
Latinos are an Unacceptable target? are you kidding me? they are the blacks for people who don't feel comfortable going after blacks.
11:11:13 PM Sep 11th 2010
Nice choice of day to launch the trope.

10:33:18 AM Sep 12th 2010
Ironically, I wasn't even aware of what day it was at the time. (Seriously, I'd thought it was maybe the 7th or something). Sorry. =/
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