Confession time: I know plenty of people love it, but I don't really care for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sure, Audrey Hepburn is all kinds of fabulous. But her character, Holly Golightly, drives me nuts, and there's no getting around the fact that, in this day and age, costar Mickey Rooney's extremely stereotyped performance as Holly's Japanese neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi, is beyond painful.
Storytellers have always relied on stereotypes as a shorthand way of explaining characters. But as we all know, stereotypes are a delicate matter. They can bolster negative perceptions, justify prejudice and reinforce unsympathetic views about particular groups.