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9th Apr '18 11:42:53 AM CaptEquinox
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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' - The season 6 episode "Remand" and the ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU season 17 episode "41 Witnesses" are both based on Genovese's murder. ''Law and Order'''s Season 1 episode "The Violence of Summer" has Logan complaining he can't get witnesses to a rape, "It's the post-Kitty Genovese era, nobody wants to look, they think they'll get involved."

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' - The season 6 episode "Remand" and the ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' season 17 episode "41 Witnesses" are both based on Genovese's murder. ''Law and Order'''s Season 1 episode "The Violence of Summer" has Logan complaining he can't get witnesses to a rape, "It's the post-Kitty Genovese era, nobody wants to look, they think they'll get involved."
9th Apr '18 11:42:12 AM CaptEquinox
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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often-used, most famous example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the murder of Kitty Genovese]] seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. The story everyone's heard is that thirty-eight people just stood and watched a she was raped and slowly killed, and no-one even called the police. In fact, no one saw what was happening because it happened in a corridor, and several ''did'' call the police.[[note]]...Who blew off the call. Massive reforms in police response followed.[[/note]] [[RightForTheWrongReasons Nevertheless, this incident sparked research into what turned out to be a real phenomenon.]] It does happen, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.

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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often-used, most famous example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the murder of Kitty Genovese]] seems to have been 99% exaggeration and plain lies by the media. The story everyone's heard is that thirty-eight people just stood and watched a she was raped and slowly killed, and no-one even called the police. In fact, no one saw what was happening because it happened in a corridor, and several ''did'' call the police.[[note]]...Who blew off the call. Massive reforms in police response followed.[[/note]] One of the callers had been asked to do so by a friend who said he "didn't want to get involved"[[note]]If you called the cops, they'd often just tell you to mind your own business, or possibly even arrest you for bothering them.[[/note]] and the subsequent ''New York Times'' account had ''everyone'' saying this. [[RightForTheWrongReasons Nevertheless, this incident sparked research into what turned out to be a real phenomenon.]] It does happen, leading to the advice evolving into into: 1) "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" directly"; or, 2) if you're someone you yourself are trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid. (If you don't know names, look at a bystander and say "Call 911!" or whatever.) It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not necessarily because he's concerned about you, but also because he would get thrown into jail if he didn't.


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* A number of television series took this to heart at the time and created episodes based on Kitty Genovese's story and the "get involved" quote. The ''Franchise/PerryMason'' episode "The Case of the Silent Six" (November 21, 1965), portrays the brutal beating of a young woman whose screams for help are ignored by the six residents of her small apartment building, who later say -- yep -- they didn't want to get involved (although only Paul Drake uses those exact words).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' - The season 6 episode "Remand" and the ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU season 17 episode "41 Witnesses" are both based on Genovese's murder. ''Law and Order'''s Season 1 episode "The Violence of Summer" has Logan complaining he can't get witnesses to a rape, "It's the post-Kitty Genovese era, nobody wants to look, they think they'll get involved."
31st Mar '18 10:40:36 AM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': In "Fury", a woman who parked her car on the side of the road gets in and tries to drive off, but a parked truck is blocking her way. She asks the driver, who is reading a newspaper, to please move because she has a doctor's appointment, but the man says he is on his break and goes back to reading. Wonder Woman then steps in and lifts the truck into the air, allowing the woman to leave.
28th Mar '18 10:56:47 PM ultimomant
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* ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'': Some characters tell a GhostStory about a little girl who was being abused. She knocked on her apartment neighbor's door begging for help, but the neighbor ignored her even though she knew the girl was being abused. Eventually, the little girl got killed, and haunts the neighbor as a ghost out for revenge. The people listening to the story freak out before the ending can be told. In ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'', it turns out this story actually happened, as one of the protagonists, Ayaka Sajyou, was the neighbor. She regrets not doing anything to help the girl and wishes to atone, and lives in constant fear of the ghost, though it is ambiguous if the ghost really exists or is a figment of her imagination.
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20th Mar '18 4:03:52 AM SneaselSawashiro
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* A massive amount of fairy tales rendered by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm has a notable number of examples, usually with at least one character in each fairy tale being someone who could've easily opposed the main villain but in the end, lets them do as they please before the plot/protagonist fixes the mess themselves.
5th Mar '18 8:17:13 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Vampire Lord's flashback in "Confrnoting the Dark" reveals his empire felt this way about a FogOfDoom affacting the Underworld...until it started affecting the vampires directly, but it was too late to do anything about it by that point.
5th Feb '18 7:44:20 AM 64SuperNintendo
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8th Jan '18 3:22:57 PM Historian1912
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In the first season Episode "Hostage Crisis" a senator is held at gun point by a bounty hunter. An armed senate guard passes by and does... nothing! He does not even ask where he is going. More surprisingly he is a member of the Senate Commando, which are considered as the best of the Senate Guard, an elite security force of the Galactic Republic. But why helping a Senator if there are Jedi who can deal with it?

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In the first season Episode "Hostage Crisis" a senator is held at gun point by a bounty hunter. An armed senate guard passes by and does... nothing! He does not even ask where he is going. More surprisingly he is a member of the Senate Commando, Commandos, which are considered as the best of the Senate Guard, an elite security force of the Galactic Republic. But why helping help a Senator if there are Jedi who can deal with it?
27th Dec '17 12:25:06 PM cwilliams1794
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* At the climax of ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', Paul asks several strangers in a small Italian town for help, only to be refused every time. One baker tells him they “can’t get involved.”
19th Dec '17 6:57:27 PM PeaceAndLove
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'': The episode ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear White Bear]]'' follows an amnesiac woman who is being chased by a man with a shotgun, and, with 90% of people having been brainwashed, most everyone is too busy filming the chaos on their phones to actually help. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, when we find out [[TrumanShowPlot they're not brainwashed at all and that this is all part of some voyeuristic theme park.]]]]
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