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28th Aug '16 5:29:20 AM fruitstripegum
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** There's [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/peanuts/images/8/82/Pe700720.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140205024118 a strip]] where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.

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** There's [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/peanuts/images/8/82/Pe700720.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140205024118 [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1970/07/20 a strip]] where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.
26th Aug '16 5:14:34 AM fruitstripegum
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** There's [[a http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/peanuts/images/8/82/Pe700720.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140205024118 strip]] where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.

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** There's [[a http://vignette4.[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/peanuts/images/8/82/Pe700720.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140205024118 a strip]] where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.
26th Aug '16 5:14:15 AM fruitstripegum
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** There's a strip where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.

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** There's a strip [[a http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/peanuts/images/8/82/Pe700720.gif/revision/latest?cb=20140205024118 strip]] where Linus asks Lucy about what would happen if a baby was in heaven waiting to be born but its parents decided that they didn't want any more children. Lucy points out his theological and scientific ignorance. It was meant to be a parody of people who ask really weird hypothetical questions, but people on both sides of the abortion debate seized on it as proof that Schulz supported them and asked him if they could have permission to reprint it in their literature. He said no. It may or may not be coincidence that Rerun, younger brother to Lucy and Linus, was born a few years later.
18th Aug '16 4:52:07 AM Enkind
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* While it is hard to tell whether Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey the book has any kind of aesop hidden under its absolutely mind-numbing prose and cringe-worthy narration, the movie, due to the lack of the aforementioned cons and added focus on the actual character interactions (plus whatever nuances the actors put in) can be easily interpreted as "BDSM is awesome, but you should get into it gradually and don't rush with contracts and hardcore practices, or it will destroy your relationship."
31st Jul '16 4:32:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* George A. Romero has always maintained that he did not intend to make any comments about race in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''. He hired Duane Jones, a black stage actor, to play the hero because "he gave the best audition." Much of the movie's dialogue was improvised by the actors during filming, with only a loose adherence to the script. It was only when the film was released that Romero says he became aware of the implications of Jones's character being black. However, some critics continue to insist that it's highly implausible for someone in the 1960s to cast a black actor as the lead without being aware of the significance.

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* George A. Romero has always maintained that he did not intend to make any comments about race in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''. He hired Duane Jones, a black stage actor, to play the hero because "he gave the best audition." Much of the movie's dialogue was improvised by the actors during filming, with only a loose adherence to the script. It was only when the film was released that Romero says he became aware of the implications of Jones's character being black. However, some critics continue to insist that it's highly implausible for someone in the 1960s to cast a black actor as the lead without being aware of the significance. For better or worse, Romero subsequently started adding intentional but [[{{Anvilicious}} far less subtle aesops]] in all his following zombie films.
20th Jul '16 9:52:57 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]: Some viewers reacted angrily to what they saw as a pro-life (as in anti-abortion) message in this one. There's a question of preventing a birth and the Doctor gives the women the "choice" to terminate it. Then, in a democratic method, the whole world together decides to prevent the birth. But finally, Clara just can't bear to "kill the baby", and her decision to save it is proven to be the right one in the end. Alternatively, the message could be seen as that ultimately it is the woman's choice alone whether to terminate the pregnancy, regardless of what others tell her she should do or the outcome -- making it a pro-choice message.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]: Some viewers reacted angrily to what they saw as a pro-life (as in anti-abortion) message in this one. There's a question of preventing a birth and the Doctor gives the women the "choice" to terminate it. Then, in a democratic method, the whole world together decides to prevent the birth. But finally, Clara just can't bear to "kill the baby", and her decision to save it is proven to be the right one in the end. Alternatively, the message could be seen as that ultimately it is the woman's choice alone whether to terminate the pregnancy, regardless of what others tell her she should do or the outcome -- making it a pro-choice message. It mostly depends on if you see Clara as analogous to the mother or as someone overriding the mother's choice.
27th Jun '16 12:33:58 PM Diask
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* The [[AnAesop Aesop]] of ''Film/SevenPounds'' is probably not "don't use your cell phone while driving," but that's what at least one critic concluded. It also isn't [[spoiler: [[BrokenAesop killing yourself is wrong unless you give your organs away]],]] nor is it likely to be [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot don't commit suicide by POISON if you intend to donate your organs.]]]]

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* The [[AnAesop Aesop]] {{A|nAesop}}esop of ''Film/SevenPounds'' is probably not "don't use your cell phone while driving," but that's what at least one critic concluded. It also isn't [[spoiler: [[BrokenAesop killing yourself is wrong unless you give your organs away]],]] nor is it likely to be [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot don't commit suicide by POISON if you intend to donate your organs.]]]]



* The original Japanese script of ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 2}}'' involved a smuggling ring of illegal opium in Edo. The 1991 official English localization could not mention such drugs, so changed opium to "bananas". An NPC {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by asking why bananas have to be illegal in the first place. It's obvious to most players that criminalizing bananas is silly, and the sheer organized crime involved might not exist without a legal ban on bananas. In the [[TruthInTelevision real world]], this is an increasingly vocal argument against the [[DrugsAreBad War on Drugs]], especially after a 2011 UsefulNotes/UnitedNations commission declared the international War on Drugs to be a costly, violent failure -- drug crime and drug violence are usually caused by drug bans, not vice versa.

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* The original Japanese script of ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 2}}'' ''VideoGame/SaGa2'' involved a smuggling ring of illegal opium in Edo. The 1991 official English localization could not mention such drugs, so changed opium to "bananas". An NPC {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by asking why bananas have to be illegal in the first place. It's obvious to most players that criminalizing bananas is silly, and the sheer organized crime involved might not exist without a legal ban on bananas. In the [[TruthInTelevision real world]], this is an increasingly vocal argument against the [[DrugsAreBad War on Drugs]], especially after a 2011 UsefulNotes/UnitedNations commission declared the international War on Drugs to be a costly, violent failure -- drug crime and drug violence are usually caused by drug bans, not vice versa.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has a stunningly powerful GreenAesop as the player discovers [[SceneryPorn grand sweeping vistas]] and slowly corrupts and ruins them, looking back only to find the landscape perverted by their own desires, a shell of its former self. Many players try and keep the landscape as pristine as possible just to avoid this, or replant religiously. According to Notch, this was completely accidental and people probably shouldn't read so much into it. Another easy one could be that Creepers are taken as a representation that all work is transitory, here one point and gone the next, or that some people just can't accept what you have built (or, in light of the GreenAesop approach, they represent GaiasVengeance). Because the game is so open ended it's very possible that quite a few accidental Aesops may just pop up at any time.
26th Jun '16 1:50:02 AM Iampureevil
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See also DeniedParody and [[IndecisiveDeconstruction Unintentional Deconstruction]] for other unintended elements/interpretations of the work.

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See also DeniedParody and [[IndecisiveDeconstruction Unintentional Deconstruction]] IndecisiveDeconstruction for other unintended elements/interpretations of the work.


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** ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E1SimpsonsRoastingOnAnOpenFire The first episode]]'' had many animal advocacy groups praisng it for bringing attention to the plight of abandoned racing dogs. The writers had no idea at the time that it was such a big issue but were glad to raise awareness of it.
6th Jun '16 2:01:38 AM PersonalPOV
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* ''Me Before You'' has, especially with the release of TheMovie, being interpreted as having the UnfortunateImplications of [[spoiler: if you're a quadriplegic, your life isn't worth living, so the best thing you can do is commit suicide and have it benefit the (abled) ones you love]].
19th May '16 9:01:40 AM Sapphirea2
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]]: True heroes (or Doctors, as it were) accept that people they help will turn on them for reasons that may well be cruel and petty. They can expect NoSympathy for the suffering inflicted on them by others '''up to and including torture'''. They should forgive and forget any crimes done against them rather than seek justice, even if the perpetrators are also responsible for warmongering and crimes that slaughtered untold billions. They should never expect to be rewarded as they deserve for making the right choices and helping others -- and must lose meaningful, precious things by way of atoning for their mistakes. And if morally dubious people should profit from a hero's suffering and loss, more power to them!
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