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mightymewtron Woman Enjoyer from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Feb 18th 2021 at 9:00:53 PM

The current is small and grainy, and frankly not clear enough about the "gay bar" aspect. The only indications are the glittery background and maybe one shirtless guy who's very hard to see?

The first example (even though it's a subversion in context) that came to my mind was The Simpsons, though I'm more than open to other examples.

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lesbianbar.png
"There's something bothering me about this place..."note 

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 7:12:51 AM

[tup] Quality could be better (and a space between the pics would make it cleaner), but besides that, the suggestionís good.

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 7:39:09 AM

Definitely add some space between the panels. At first I was trying to read it as one panel.

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 8:22:14 AM

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 11:01:54 AM

The huge neon sign out front weakens the "surprise" part of the illustration.

Edited by eroock on Feb 22nd 2021 at 11:43:40 AM

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 11:05:28 AM

[up] Yes, indeed.

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 11:26:25 AM

[up][up] Agreed. What this trope needs is possibly an image of someone alone at the bar, then widen out to reveal it's not the kind of bar they thought.

Edited by Lindo-Honorindo on Feb 22nd 2021 at 11:26:43 AM

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Feb 22nd 2021 at 2:13:55 PM

[up][up][up] Couldn't we switch the image order then (Homer & lesbians on top, the bar sign on the bottom)? That way it would read like Homer finally realized the bar's patrons are all women before a cut to outside explaining the joke.

Edited by Stage7-4 on Feb 22nd 2021 at 2:14:24 AM

mightymewtron Woman Enjoyer from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Woman Enjoyer
Feb 22nd 2021 at 5:50:18 PM

[up]That would put this on This Image Is Not an Example, but it'd already go there as a subversion. Also I think it's okay if the audience can tell it's a gay bar as long as the character is surprised. The description even acknowledges that parodies can include the bar being so obviously gay, the character is dumb to not realize it.

Edited by mightymewtron on Feb 22nd 2021 at 8:51:02 AM

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Feb 23rd 2021 at 8:52:39 AM

[up]How do you figure? It seems to me reversing the image order reinforces the trope rather than becomes undemonstrative. Goes from "wait a second..." to a sign "It's a lesbian bar!"

Or is the problem just altering media from how it was originally shown?

mightymewtron Woman Enjoyer from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Feb 23rd 2021 at 9:00:22 AM

It's not undemonstrative. The character is clearly confused and out of place in a lesbian bar. Dramatic Irony examples are allowed under the trope. I think reversing the images would be less clear because it would make it appear as if the trope is about revealing the bar itself, not even what goes on inside the bar, as opposed to focusing on the character's reaction.

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Mar 1st 2021 at 3:21:59 PM

Single panels focusing on Homer's facial expression

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_lesbian_bar1.png

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_lesbian_bar.png

Edited by eroock on Mar 1st 2021 at 3:24:33 AM

jandn2014 Hangs around Image Pickiní a lot from somewhere in Connecticut Relationship Status: Hiding
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Mar 3rd 2021 at 2:15:37 PM

[up] Meh, those donít really sell it for me. Iím still in favor of OP.

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mightymewtron Woman Enjoyer from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Mar 3rd 2021 at 2:29:21 PM

Let's try to combine OP with one of the better quality panels from [up][up]. (Came out kind of grainy though.)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaybar.png

Edited by mightymewtron on Mar 3rd 2021 at 5:33:50 AM

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Mar 3rd 2021 at 3:56:10 PM

[up] Still not really a reveal though.

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Mar 3rd 2021 at 4:09:18 PM

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/revealbar_5.png

Sorry for the double post, but here's an alternative suggestion?

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mightymewtron Woman Enjoyer from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Mar 3rd 2021 at 4:13:53 PM

[up] That's not a full comic, is it?

Either way I don't think the last panel is necessary. We can get the idea from the third panel's two male symbols and the name "The Gaily."

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Mar 3rd 2021 at 4:15:34 PM

[up] Better yet, maybe we could just use the middle two panels?

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Mar 3rd 2021 at 4:18:22 PM

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/revealbar4.png

Middle two.

Edited by Lindo-Honorindo on Mar 3rd 2021 at 5:21:10 AM

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Mar 3rd 2021 at 10:24:21 PM

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