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25th Aug '16 6:34:35 AM WillBGood
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* An in-universe example appears in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. Cyrodiil's only newspaper is ''The Black Horse Courier'', and a number of pamphlets can be found on counters and tables in stores. One issue, ''Night Mother Rituals!'', warns readers of an increase in Dark Brotherhood activity. More and more people in Cyrodiil are performing the ritualistic "Black Sacrament" to summon and hire assassins. [[SarcasmMode Responsibly]], the ''Courier'' explicitly details how to perform the Black Sacrament, so its readers can better prevent themselves from being caught with the materials necessary (such as a human heart, partial skeleton and pound of flesh) and be falsely incarcerated. [[StealthCigaretteCommercial You might be inclined to think the Dark Brotherhood themselves had the story printed.]]

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* An in-universe example appears in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. Cyrodiil's only newspaper is ''The Black Horse Courier'', and a number of pamphlets can be found on counters and tables in stores. One issue, ''Night Mother Rituals!'', warns readers of an increase in Dark Brotherhood activity. More and more people in Cyrodiil are performing the ritualistic "Black Sacrament" to summon and hire assassins. [[SarcasmMode Responsibly]], Responsibly, the ''Courier'' explicitly details how to perform the Black Sacrament, so its readers can better prevent themselves from being caught with the materials necessary (such as a human heart, partial skeleton and pound of flesh) and be falsely incarcerated. [[StealthCigaretteCommercial You might be inclined to think the Dark Brotherhood themselves had the story printed.]]



* One of the Nazis' biggest propaganda mistakes was sending their "Gallery of Degenerate Art" on tour around the whole country so that all good loyal German citizens could see just how degenerate this art was for themselves. In terms of turnout, the tour was a smashing success: people turned out in ''droves'' in order to [[JustHereForGodzilla see for themselves]] just ''how'' degenerate all this art was. In terms of messaging, however, it was an abject failure: [[SarcasmMode for some reason]], this [[ForbiddenFruit well-nigh pornographic degeneracy]] was always much more popular with people than the morally wholesome state-approved art the Nazis thought their loyal citizens ought to prefer.

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* One of the Nazis' biggest propaganda mistakes was sending their "Gallery of Degenerate Art" on tour around the whole country so that all good loyal German citizens could see just how degenerate this art was for themselves. In terms of turnout, the tour was a smashing success: people turned out in ''droves'' in order to [[JustHereForGodzilla see for themselves]] just ''how'' degenerate all this art was. In terms of messaging, however, it was an abject failure: [[SarcasmMode for some reason]], reason, this [[ForbiddenFruit well-nigh pornographic degeneracy]] was always much more popular with people than the morally wholesome state-approved art the Nazis thought their loyal citizens ought to prefer.
25th Aug '16 5:56:06 AM WillBGood
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** ''Film/ReeferMadness'' is a classic example of this backfiring, as the film is [[WatchItStoned considered better to watch when high]]. Its modern popularity is directly attributable to Keith Stroup, the founder of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (a pro-marijuana advocacy group).

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** ''Film/ReeferMadness'' is a classic example of this backfiring, as the film is [[WatchItStoned considered better to watch when high]].high]] due to its goofy ineptitude. Its modern popularity is directly attributable to Keith Stroup, the founder of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (a pro-marijuana advocacy group).
25th Aug '16 5:51:03 AM WillBGood
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* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' is a scathing indictment of suburbia with such gorgeous cinematography that it makes suburbs look, well, ''beautiful''. Someone forgot that BeautyEqualsGoodness.

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* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' is a scathing indictment of suburbia with such gorgeous cinematography that it makes suburbs look, well, ''beautiful''. Someone forgot that BeautyEqualsGoodness.BeautyEqualsGoodness to many.
25th Aug '16 5:45:54 AM WillBGood
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** Ironically, media savvy FBI Director tried to counter this trend with movies such as {{G-Man}} and {{The FBI Story}} which portrayed law enforcement as good, decent, hard-working Americans who loved their families, God, and country. Then and now, critics just denounced these films as blatant propaganda from Hoover and the government.


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* Ironically, media-savvy FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover tried to counter this trend with movies such as ''G-Man'' and ''The FBI Story'' which portrayed law enforcement as good, decent, hard-working Americans who loved their families, God, and country. Then and now, critics just denounced these films as blatant propaganda from Hoover and the government.
25th Aug '16 5:44:14 AM WillBGood
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** ''Film/{{Scarface 1932}}'' didn't give Tony Camonte any straight-laced companions (well, his mom); but the studio changed its title to "Scarface: the Shame of a Nation" and added dull scenes of bankers -- [[SarcasmMode real heroes during the Depression]] -- and a token Italian American denouncing the Mob. All three films utterly failed to deglamorize their heroes, even in their fall, in part because all three showed them getting their comeuppance [[spoiler: in shootouts where they faced off alone against more and better armed opponents]]. ''Scarface'' failed so badly at this trope, in fact, that it resulted fifty years later in...

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** ''Film/{{Scarface 1932}}'' didn't give Tony Camonte any straight-laced companions (well, his mom); but the studio changed its title to "Scarface: the Shame of a Nation" and added dull scenes of bankers -- [[SarcasmMode real not exactly heroes during the Depression]] Depression -- and a token Italian American Italian-American denouncing the Mob. All three films utterly failed to deglamorize their heroes, even in their fall, in part because all three showed them getting their comeuppance [[spoiler: in shootouts where they faced off alone against more and better armed opponents]]. ''Scarface'' failed so badly at this trope, in fact, that it resulted fifty years later in...
26th Jul '16 11:14:46 AM Chickeon
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** Also, due to their reputation as putting animal rights above human ones, it brings the UnfortunateImplications of what they think about mexicans.

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** Also, due to their reputation as putting animal rights above human ones, it brings the UnfortunateImplications of what they think about mexicans.Mexicans.
18th Jul '16 6:56:09 AM Silverblade2
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* As [[http://daughterofmulan.tumblr.com/post/33263747038/the-glorification-of-white-crime this blog entry]] examining CriminalProcedural dramas puts it, crime does pay... [[UnfortunateImplications when you're a white male]].



* {{Website/Cracked}}.com's "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_19333_5-video-game-adaptations-that-missed-point-movie.html 5 Video Game Adaptations That Missed the Point of the Movie]]" is a humorous article that shows five [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames games based on movies or TV shows]] where this happens. The games take the bad things the original works denounce and manage to make doing them the whole point.
17th Jul '16 6:40:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' for the most part does a pretty good job of discouraging players from killing anyone, going out of its way to provide fun, quirky, sympathetic enemies and bosses that the player will feel horrible about killing instead of trying to spare. However, there are two exceptions in the otherwise [[KillEmAll extremely dark, extremely grindy and extremely despressing Genocide route]]: [[spoiler: Undyne the Undying and Sans]]. Both serve as massive {{Difficulty Spike}}s in an otherwise easy-but-fairly-tedious playthrough, and the latter is in fact the single hardest boss in the entire game. Unfortunately, both are considered to be [[BestBossEver two of the best boss fights in the game]], the former due to being that character's biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and the latter due to being such an insanely brutal fight full of fun, DangerouslyGenreSavvy, sometimes even [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall-breaking attacks]] (and both of them due to having awesome themes). In addition, he, along with Flowey, will only show their true nihilistic natures in this route. While many players were still successfully discouraged from completing the Genocide route due to all the horrible things they have to do to complete it, there's still a subsection of the fanbase who went through the route [[BloodKnight just for a chance to fight the two bosses]] and another subsection who did it to play a VillainProtagonist in a darker storyline (particularly since Flowey openly mocks those who would simply view videos of it rather than do the dirty work themselves).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' for the most part does a pretty good job of discouraging players from killing anyone, going out of its way to provide fun, quirky, sympathetic enemies and bosses that the player will feel horrible about killing instead of trying to spare. However, there are two exceptions in the otherwise [[KillEmAll extremely dark, extremely grindy and extremely despressing Genocide route]]: [[spoiler: Undyne the Undying and Sans]]. Both serve as massive {{Difficulty Spike}}s in an otherwise easy-but-fairly-tedious playthrough, and the latter is in fact the single hardest boss in the entire game. Unfortunately, both are considered to be [[BestBossEver two of the best boss fights in the game]], the former due to being that character's biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and the latter due to being such an insanely brutal fight full of fun, DangerouslyGenreSavvy, sometimes even [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall-breaking attacks]] (and both of them due to having awesome themes). In addition, he, along with Flowey, will only show their true nihilistic natures in this route. While many players were still successfully discouraged from completing the Genocide route due to all the horrible things they have to do to complete it, there's still a subsection of the fanbase who went through the route [[BloodKnight just for a chance to fight the two bosses]] and another subsection who did it to play a VillainProtagonist in a darker storyline (particularly since Flowey openly mocks those who would simply view videos of it rather than do the dirty work themselves).
13th Jul '16 9:40:07 AM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the "Dancing Through Life" song is ''meant'' to paint the singer as having the wrong idea about life in general; but it also seems to go out of its way to make his philosophy sound appealing.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the song "Dancing Through Life" song is ''meant'' to paint the singer as having the wrong idea about life in general; but it also seems to go out of its way to make his philosophy sound appealing.appealing.
** Then again, when he [[spoiler: chooses to follow the heroine instead of keeping to that attitude, where does it get them?]] Dancing through Life might have been the better option - YMMV on this one.



* The musical ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' runs into this -- it's supposed to be ultimately condemning Frank Abegnale, Jr.'s, fraudulent and lawless life, except that the songs involving Frank's wild con artist life are ''much'' more enjoyable than the ones preaching strict {{Lawful Good}}ness. It's the same problem as ''Wicked,'' above -- you're trying to send the message "Stay within the law, don't be outrageous and dashing" -- in a ''musical''?

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* The musical ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' runs into this -- it's supposed to be ultimately condemning Frank Abegnale, Jr.'s, fraudulent and lawless life, except that the songs involving Frank's wild con artist life are ''much'' more enjoyable than the ones preaching strict {{Lawful Good}}ness. It's the same a common problem as ''Wicked,'' above -- you're trying to send the message "Stay within the law, don't be outrageous and dashing" -- in a ''musical''?
11th Jul '16 7:38:44 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Hot Girls Wanted'', a documentary about the amateur porn industry in Florida and the women involved in it, portrays it as a deeply exploitative industry that chews up talent and spits it out. Riley Reynolds, a porn creator who was profiled in the film, [[http://www.dailydot.com/irl/hot-girls-wanted-porn-agent/ has said]] that, even though he was afraid that the film would make him look bad, in the end at least one young woman wound up working for him specifically because she saw him in that film.
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