Weird Universe

Stereotypes and Cliches

American Cornball


Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.

Read a sample here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 05, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Stereotypes and Cliches, Books, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

Mexican Twist

"Hey, Manuel, why go to the bullfight when you can do the tweest?"

The Twisting Kings were apparently the studio musicians who later became known as the Funk Brothers.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960's

An American Hippie in Israel

Caution: brief flashes of uncovered upper female chest area and two swears.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's, Middle East, Butt

Dana Michel

Yes, it appears this "dance" is performed with clown nose and ripped panties around the ankles. But why not get the explanation of her "art" direct from the horse's mouth?

Uncle Tom and Little Eva

Not a single stereotype about African-Americans left unexplored!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 11, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Racism, Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Cartoons, 1930's

Fresh-Up Freddie

Disney characters have touted much merch. But rarely has the studio designed a character expressly as a corporate spokesman. The exception is Fresh-Up Freddie for 7-Up.

But what a godawful mess he was, all over the stereotype map.

In this non-embeddable commercial Freddie is manic like Woody Woodpecker or Daffy Duck. Then he does a Maurice Chevalier imitation. There are real humans and teenybopper birds.

Still manic, but now he's also a "teenager" Fred Astaire.

Some kind of socialite William Powell/Richie Rich.

Texas oil baron.

Now he talks like Speedy Gonzalez, as a bullfighter.


And last but not least, Freddie has a sex change.

Ling Ching Tong

The musician.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 14, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1980's

Hillbilly Comics





[Click on any image to enlarge]

Read them all here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 05, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Comics, 1950's

Ling Ting Tong

Pick your favorite version of this immortal classic. BTW, the nonsense phrase is officially rendered as "I sa mok em boo di ay, I sa mok em boo." Although I sometimes hear " LI ay."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 18, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950's, Asia
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