Yachts Glamorized

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Explanation of Conservative Trope

The average price of a yacht ranges from $500k to tens of millions of dollars, not to mention the exorbitant monthly maintenance and storage fees, but movies and TV shows make it feel like they are a normal fact of life for anyone living on or near a body of water.

Main Description

Yachts are the epitome of privilege and wealth, but are often portrayed on screen as just another thing people with money have. The number of average Americans who will ever step foot on a private yacht is exceptionally low, yet these floating mansions whenever possible. Whether it be a raucous party, glitzy gala, or quiet day on the sea, yachts are depicted in such a way that they are normalized when they are anything but normal.

Conservative Trope Examples

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) gives Naomi (Margot Robbie) a fully-loaded, 150 foot, triple-deck yacht he named "Naomi" as a wedding present.
  • Nigel is depicted as a nice, wealthy man who was taken advantage of by a much younger woman who married him for his money and left him. He loves his daughter Gemma, dotes on her and chooses to take the boat on a treasure hunt when she expresses interest. They use his super large and fancy yacht in their search for the sunken treasure along with Finn and Tess.