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Mar 20th 2015 at 10:08:57 AM •••

Pulled this example of Dumb Blonde:

  • The "Marriage Guidance Counselor" sketch depicts her as a blonde sex bomb who just sits there smiling, not listening to what her husband is saying and being such an airhead that she doesn't see any problem in openly flirting and eventually making out with the counselor in front of her husband, who just fails to react to this behaviour and stand up for himself.

I am not persuaded that the woman in the sketch is characterized as dumb. She may be lustful, shameless, and she does not respect her gutless husband; nothing of which requires her to be stupid. @Patachou: It looks like you are projecting Dumb Blonde onto the role just because you expect it to be there.

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Mar 20th 2015 at 10:34:19 AM •••

It depends on what your definition of "dumb" is. So the fault may be in the trope Dumb Blonde itself, which isn't clearly defined either. Either way I gave three examples, you kept two in the article and removed one that in your opinion isn't obvious enough. That's fine with me.

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Mar 16th 2015 at 12:49:49 PM •••

Pulled this:

  • Smurfette Principle: As the only recurring female member of Monty Python she has often been called this.

It sounds like Square Peg, Round Trope. Smurfette Principle is when there is only one female in a show's cast of *characters*. The real-life Pythons are not characters. The show had no stable cast of characters, every Python played many different characters, and many of the characters played by the male Pythons are women. Who was it that called Carol Cleveland "a Smurfette Principle"?

Just a minor point, but you can be a "recurring actor" in a show or you can be a member in a group, but you cannot be a "recurring member".

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Mar 16th 2015 at 11:51:12 PM •••

Aye, this one doesn't seem to fit.

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