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Should we add rape victims to the list? From what I've heard, jokes about them lead to some rather nasty backlash.
I removed this because he is definitely not a Sacred Cow, and it seems more talking about an Complaining about People Not Liking the Show attitude than anything else. But removing it also makes me feel like I'm doing what the entry says, so... thoughts?
Criticism of the Nostalgia Critic doesn't seem to fly on this site without creating a Flame War. It's just not accepted by his fans and seeing that Doug is quite popular among tropers every other negative comment about him (much like the one above) will be removed. I like Doug Walker, but he is a fallible being like anyone else. Some of his jokes have fallen flat in the past, or been a bad parody, or have potential to offend some people. There have been weaker episodes, even ones where he was clearly just releasing something because he ran out of time (the notable "Let's Play" rant video). But on the other hand it's almost inevitable if you release as many videos per week as he does. You're bound to say or do things that you didn't really think through or will offend some segment of the viewers. The same applies to his Critical Research Failure. He has a lot of videos where he speaks his mind about a variety of topics, and since 2013 he does this on a two weekly basis between other projects. It's not surprising that his opinions can be badly researched or rather short and shallow. I mean, most of the time they only take a couple of minutes or so.
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. :(
Agreed. But this isn't relevant to the article.
Too many justifying edits, too little time.
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.
That last paragraph could be summarized: oddly enough, most people don't like being told they suck.
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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Is Unacceptable Targets a Censorship Trope? If Too Soon fits, I'm thinking this does too.
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).
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?
(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!!!"
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.
The implications of changing 'starcraft' to 'starcraft 1'. I lolled.
Latinos are an Unacceptable target? are you kidding me? they are the blacks for people who don't feel comfortable going after blacks.
Nice choice of day to launch the trope.
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. =/
Should we add Stephen Hillenburg to this list? Someone on Twitter said that their classmates were happy that he died under the premise that Sponge Bob Square Pants would end, which provoked a bevy of negative reactions from fans.
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How well does it match the trope?