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14th May '18 3:45:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Series/Roseanne}}'' was frequently and proudly a left-ish sitcom about the working class, and for the most part it succeeded by showing its opinionated lead characters were just everywomen and everymen who had flaws and failings of their own (cf. "White Men Can't Kiss", where DJ refuses to kiss a girl because she's black). But, regardless of whether or not you agree wholeheartedly with the message of "The Last Thursday In November", there's no denying it was twenty-two minutes of soapboxing about the treatment of Native Americans, with very little nuance.

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was frequently and proudly a left-ish sitcom about the working class, and for the most part it succeeded by showing its opinionated lead characters were just everywomen and everymen who had flaws and failings of their own (cf. "White Men Can't Kiss", where DJ refuses to kiss a girl because she's black). But, regardless of whether or not you agree wholeheartedly with the message of "The Last Thursday In November", there's no denying it was twenty-two minutes of soapboxing about the treatment of Native Americans, with very little nuance.
10th May '18 9:27:36 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'' pretty much turned into a show protesting societal wrongs after a couple seasons. The most glaring was probably the one that opened with a warning about a graphic portrayal of a de-horned rhinoceros, then spent about half its running time explaining the poaching in Africa and ended with Richard Dean Anderson as himself narrating about what can be done about it. VerySpecialEpisode, indeed.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' pretty much turned into a show protesting societal wrongs after a couple seasons. The most glaring was probably the one that opened with a warning about a graphic portrayal of a de-horned rhinoceros, then spent about half its running time explaining the poaching in Africa and ended with Richard Dean Anderson as himself narrating about what can be done about it. VerySpecialEpisode, indeed.
25th Apr '18 12:34:38 AM NaraNumas
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** The 2018 revival has the real-life Roseanne's right-wing values (having since gone to the other side of the political spectrum) leak into the show, to the point of outright contradicting older seasons. Though thankfully it's yet to also show Roseanne's opinion on real life political issue like LGBT rights or the current government, which [[CautiousRuleOfEditingJudgement are too volatile to talk about here.]]

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** The 2018 revival has the real-life Roseanne's right-wing values (having since gone to the other side of the political spectrum) leak into the show, to the point of outright contradicting older seasons. Though thankfully it's yet to also show Roseanne's opinion on real life political issue like LGBT rights or the current government, which [[CautiousRuleOfEditingJudgement [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement are too volatile to talk about here.]]
25th Apr '18 12:34:00 AM NaraNumas
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** The 2018 revival has the real-life Roseanne's right-wing values (having since gone to the other side of the political spectrum) leak into the show, to the point of outright contradicting older seasons. Though thankfully it's yet to also show Roseanne's opinion on real life political issue like LGBT rights or the current government, which [[CautiousRuleOfEditingJudgement are too volatile to talk about here.]]
28th Mar '18 10:16:20 AM Larkmarn
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* Seth Macfarlane puts his atheistic anti-religious views into his show Series/TheOrville even more blatantly than in his other works or Roddenberry ever did with Star Trek. So far it's TheWarOnStraw as every religious character in the show is either a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic Alien]], evil or misinformed. All so far are also [[FantasyCounterpartReligion blatant expies]], in a StrawCharacter way, of real life religions, especially Christianity and to a lesser degree Islam. On top of all this [[WordOfGod the show's cinematographer Martin Rush]] said the AccentuateTheNegative style approach was deliberate.
** To compare this to Star Trek, it took three Seasons to get to the level of "Who Watches the Watchmen" . The Orville has three overtly anti-religion episodes ''in the first Season alone'' (one even has the DiscreditedTrope OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions as its plot).
22nd Mar '18 9:25:30 PM nombretomado
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* The whole second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' seems to be a thinly-veiled commentary on how television shows can be destroyed by ExecutiveMeddling. It comes complete with a ShowWithinAShow StylisticSuck of Ricky Gervais's previous hit, ''TheOffice''.

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* The whole second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' seems to be a thinly-veiled commentary on how television shows can be destroyed by ExecutiveMeddling. It comes complete with a ShowWithinAShow StylisticSuck of Ricky Gervais's previous hit, ''TheOffice''.''Series/{{The Office|UK}}''.
22nd Mar '18 7:17:40 AM SnapTap
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* Seth MacFarlane puts his atheistic anti-religious views into Series/TheOrville even more blatantly than in his other works or Roddenberry ever did with Star Trek. So far it's TheWarOnStraw as every religious character in the show is either a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic Alien]], evil or misinformed. All so far are also [[FantasyCounterpartReligion blatant expies]], in a StrawCharacter way, of real life religions, especially Christianity and to a lesser degree Islam. On top of all this [[WordOfGod cinematographer Martin Rush]] said the AccentuateTheNegative style approach was deliberate.
** To compare this to Star Trek, the episode "Who Watches the Watchmen" was from Season 3. The Orville has three anti-religion episodes ''already in its first Season'' (one even has the DiscreditedTrope OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions as its plot).

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* Seth MacFarlane Macfarlane puts his atheistic anti-religious views into his show Series/TheOrville even more blatantly than in his other works or Roddenberry ever did with Star Trek. So far it's TheWarOnStraw as every religious character in the show is either a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic Alien]], evil or misinformed. All so far are also [[FantasyCounterpartReligion blatant expies]], in a StrawCharacter way, of real life religions, especially Christianity and to a lesser degree Islam. On top of all this [[WordOfGod the show's cinematographer Martin Rush]] said the AccentuateTheNegative style approach was deliberate.
** To compare this to Star Trek, it took three Seasons to get to the episode level of "Who Watches the Watchmen" was from Season 3. Watchmen" . The Orville has three overtly anti-religion episodes ''already in its ''in the first Season'' Season alone'' (one even has the DiscreditedTrope OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions as its plot).
22nd Mar '18 7:04:00 AM SnapTap
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* Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage|2009}}'' films are a particularly weird breed of an Author Tract. Its EvilGenius VillainProtagonist Bill Williamson is a deranged psychopath slash domestic terrorist who, while GoingPostal, murders innocent people by the dozens for nothing but his own self-serving reasons. However, at least once per film he'll go on a minutes-long rant explaining that his violent actions are supposed to wake up humanity, giving a very thought-out analysis about political and economic corruption. Considering it's coming from the mouth of a ''mass murderer'', the message is pretty much [[DontShootTheMessage shooting itself in the foot]].

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* Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage|2009}}'' films are a particularly weird breed of an Author Tract. Its EvilGenius VillainProtagonist Bill Williamson is a deranged psychopath slash domestic terrorist who, while GoingPostal, murders innocent people by the dozens for nothing but his own self-serving reasons. However, at least once per film he'll go on a minutes-long rant explaining that his violent actions are supposed to wake up humanity, giving a very thought-out analysis about political and economic corruption. Considering it's coming from the mouth of a ''mass murderer'', the message is pretty much [[DontShootTheMessage [[StrawmanHasAPoint shooting itself in the foot]].



* Seth MacFarlane puts his atheistic anti-religious views into Series/TheOrville even more blatantly than in his other works or Roddenberry ever did with Star Trek. So far it's TheWarOnStraw as every religious character in the show is either a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic Alien]], evil or misinformed. All so far are also [[FantasyCounterpartReligion blatant expies]], in a StrawCharacter way, of real life religions, especially Christianity and to a lesser degree Islam. On top of all this [[WordOfGod cinematographer Martin Rush]] said the AccentuateTheNegative style approach was deliberate.
** To compare this to Star Trek, the episode "Who Watches the Watchmen" was from Season 3. The Orville has three anti-religion episodes ''already in its first Season'' (one even has the DiscreditedTrope OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions as its plot).



* Gene Roddenberry, the creator of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', has a history of putting his atheist ideals in his work. It reaches a high point in "Who Watches the Watchers?" where the re-emergence of religion among a Vulcan-like race on one planet (due to [[GodGuise Enterprise crew members being seen beaming down and being mistaken for gods]]) is treated as a ''terrible'' thing, with much sermonizing on the evils of superstition in a long PatrickStewartSpeech before they successfully prove they ''aren't'' gods to the natives.

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* Gene Roddenberry, the creator of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', has a history of putting his atheist atheistic ideals in his work. It reaches a high point becomes most overt in "Who Watches the Watchers?" where the re-emergence of religion among a Vulcan-like race on one planet (due to [[GodGuise Enterprise crew members being seen beaming down and being mistaken for gods]]) is treated as a ''terrible'' thing, with much sermonizing on the evils of superstition in a long PatrickStewartSpeech before they successfully prove they ''aren't'' gods to the natives.
20th Mar '18 3:02:34 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' is very much this, a story set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture where the US dissolves into one far-right and a number of straw liberal states.
* This is a signature of Creator/IraTabankin. This is perhaps most evident in ''Literature/AHistoryLesson''.
10th Mar '18 1:44:31 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** The [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] plays with this a bit, making it so that these things are absolutely symptoms of larger behavioral issues probably in part because [[OnceAcceptableTargets some of these flaws were barely noteworthy behavior by the time the film came out]]. Augustus' character is more or less the same, but Violet's chronic gum-chewing has been mutated into an extreme all-around competitive streak, and Mike Teevee's television addiction becomes a general technology addiction that is not always ethical (he hacked the system to find the Golden Ticket) and he also has a need to show everyone he's the best. Even Veruca's brattiness is taken UpToEleven from where she was in the books and the [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory earlier film]].

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** The [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] plays with this a bit, making it so that these things are absolutely symptoms of larger behavioral issues issues, probably in part because [[OnceAcceptableTargets some of these flaws were barely noteworthy behavior by the time the film came out]]. Augustus' character is more or less the same, but Violet's chronic gum-chewing has been mutated into an extreme all-around competitive streak, and Mike Teevee's television addiction becomes a general technology addiction that is not always ethical (he hacked the system to find the Golden Ticket) and he also has a need to show everyone he's the best. Even Veruca's brattiness is taken UpToEleven from where she was in the books and the [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory earlier film]].
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