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11th Dec '17 10:44:18 PM CharlesPhipps
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a hilarious parody of glurgy chain e-mails called "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!" It involves a terminally-ill drell (desert-dwelling green-skinned humanoid) lying in the ocean, praying to [[{{Precursors}} the Enkindlers]], and being told that it wasn't the water but the Enkindlers who were keeping him afloat, then waking to find himself cured. Bonus points for making ''no sense'' in the context of the Enkindler religion, which is essentially deist.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a hilarious parody of glurgy chain e-mails called "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!" It involves a terminally-ill drell (desert-dwelling green-skinned humanoid) lying in the ocean, praying to [[{{Precursors}} the Enkindlers]], and being told that it wasn't the water but the Enkindlers who were keeping him afloat, then waking to find himself cured. Bonus points for making ''no sense'' in the context of the Enkindler religion, which is essentially deist. Hell, the religion actually knows the Protheans are Precursor Aliens, it just chooses to revere them for uplifting the Hanar.
2nd Dec '17 1:56:52 PM Korados
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* AesopCollateralDamage: Glurge often relies upon the suffering of a secondary character to drive home the lesson. This gives the protagonist an opportunity to realize his mistake and choose to follow the lesson after all -- sometimes he might even reason that {{God}} (or whatever Powers That Be) caused this suffering to show him the "right way".

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* AesopCollateralDamage: Glurge often relies upon the suffering of a secondary character to drive home the lesson. This gives the protagonist an opportunity to realize his mistake and choose to follow the lesson after all -- sometimes he might even reason that {{God}} (or whatever Powers That Be) PowersThatBe) caused this suffering to show him the "right way".
1st Dec '17 10:47:21 PM Ninja857142
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These stories are meant to be purely sentimental parables, touching hearts and teaching (often Christian) morals. The problem is, they accomplish this by simplifying their message to the point of complete uselessness to any reader who thinks about it seriously. All shades of grey between the black and white of good and evil are wholly overlooked, meaning potentially more valuable lessons about actual hard work, understanding, personal growth and sacrifice are completely ignored in the rush to present a universe in which everything happens for a ''satisfying'' reason.

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These stories are meant to be purely sentimental parables, touching hearts and teaching (often Christian) morals. The problem is, they accomplish this by simplifying their message to the point of complete uselessness to any reader who thinks about it seriously. All shades of grey between the black and white of good and evil are wholly overlooked, meaning potentially more valuable lessons about actual hard work, understanding, personal growth and sacrifice are completely ignored in the rush to present a universe in which everything happens for a ''satisfying'' reason.
16th Nov '17 4:03:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'': Actor Tugg Speedman, in a [[OscarBait blatant bid to win an Oscar]], played a mentally-disabled farmhand in the [[ShowWithinAShow film-within-a-film]] ''Simple Jack''. He didn't win anything, and the film was a total bomb. Kirk Lazarus explains to Tugg that this is because he went "full retard", and he goes on to show how the actors who ''did'' win (or come close to winning) Oscars didn't actually portray mental disability accurately -- like Creator/DustinHoffman playing InspirationallyDisadvantaged in ''Film/{{Rainman}}'', Creator/TomHanks playing TheFool in ''Film/ForrestGump'', or Creator/PeterSellers playing a SeeminglyProfoundFool in ''Film/BeingThere''. The only one he says ''actually'' played an accurate "full retard" was Creator/SeanPenn in ''Film/IAmSam'', who "went full retard and went home empty-handed."

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* Parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'': Actor Tugg Speedman, in a [[OscarBait blatant bid to win an Oscar]], played a mentally-disabled farmhand in the [[ShowWithinAShow film-within-a-film]] ''Simple Jack''. He didn't win anything, and the film was a total bomb. Kirk Lazarus explains to Tugg that this is because he went "full retard", and he goes on to show how the actors who ''did'' win (or come close to winning) Oscars didn't actually portray mental disability accurately -- like Creator/DustinHoffman playing InspirationallyDisadvantaged an IdiotSavant in ''Film/{{Rainman}}'', Creator/TomHanks playing TheFool in ''Film/ForrestGump'', or Creator/PeterSellers playing a SeeminglyProfoundFool in ''Film/BeingThere''. The only one he says ''actually'' played an accurate "full retard" was Creator/SeanPenn in ''Film/IAmSam'', who "went full retard and went home empty-handed."
11th Nov '17 7:37:18 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** It seriously works better as a tract on the evils of fundamentalist Christianity than it does it's actual subject. He starts off as a decent person and ends up as a ranting bigot who has turned on his friends and family.
11th Nov '17 7:28:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** ''Film/GodsNotDead'' is about a religious student clashing with his atheist teacher over God's existence. The glurge comes from the movie's badly-written BlackAndWhiteMorality that says all Christians are good and all atheists and non-Christians are either evil or [[TheEeyore sad people]] who really do believe in God, but just pretend not to in response to a [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic backstory event]]. The film ends with the teacher getting hit by a car and accepting God just before he dies. Critics and audiences were not pleased.

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** ''Film/GodsNotDead'' is about a religious student clashing with his atheist teacher over God's existence. The glurge comes from the movie's badly-written BlackAndWhiteMorality that says all Christians are good and all atheists and non-Christians are either evil or [[TheEeyore sad people]] who really do believe in God, but just pretend not to in response to a [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic backstory event]]. The film ends with the teacher getting hit by a car and accepting God just before he dies. Critics and general audiences were not pleased.pleased, but it was a massive hit with its target audience (as preaching to the converted tends to do).
3rd Nov '17 8:35:39 AM twilicorn
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** One particularly chilling example is Neil Sadaka's "Next Door to an Angel", in which he delights in describing his young neighbour's physical development ("She used to be such a skinny little girl / But all of a sudden, she's out of this world!") and plans to "make that angel mine"; while the girl next door is explicitly identified as 16, the narrator is suspiciously not. And yet, it's all cheerfully sung to the most cheesy, goofy rhythm imaginable.

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** One particularly chilling example is Neil Sadaka's Sedaka's "Next Door to an Angel", in which he delights in describing his young neighbour's physical development ("She used to be such a skinny little girl / But all of a sudden, she's out of this world!") and plans to "make that angel mine"; while the girl next door is explicitly identified as 16, the narrator is suspiciously not. And yet, it's all cheerfully sung to the most cheesy, goofy rhythm imaginable.



* [[https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaelwsmith/thisisyourtime.html "This Is Your Time" by Michael W. Smith]] is a Christian pop song based on an urban legend that arose from the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre. The song came out less than a year after the shooting and is intended as an inspirational tale about how [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassie_Bernall Cassie Bernall]] was supposedly willing to die for Jesus, so you should be, too!

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* [[https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaelwsmith/thisisyourtime.html "This Is Your Time" by Michael W. Smith]] is a Christian pop song based on an urban legend a story that arose from the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre. The song came out less than a year after the shooting and is intended as an inspirational tale massacre (the real-life story, about how [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassie_Bernall Cassie Bernall]] was killed after saying she believed in God, had enough glurgy overtones to have its factual nature called into question). The song came out less than a year after the shooting and is intended as an inspirational tale about how Bernall was supposedly willing to die for Jesus, so you should be, too!too![[note]]Never mind the fact that the killers had an identical conversation with another person, who survived.[[/note]]
1st Nov '17 2:06:48 PM ErichoTOME
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* ''Film/TheShack'' is meant to be an uplifting story about a guy (Mack) who meets with the Holy Trinity and learns to move on from his daughter's murder. It completely ignores the fact that Mack as a thirteen year old boy ''poisoned his father and got away with it'', not to mention that the killer is never caught and possibly slaughtering more children.
26th Oct '17 4:16:32 PM TheMountainKing
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** ''Film/DangerousMinds'' is a good example of how such films are impliedly racist; only the white teacher can get through to the students, and not his non-white fellow faculty members.

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** ''Film/DangerousMinds'' is a good example of how such films are impliedly implicitly racist; only the white teacher can get through to the students, and not his non-white fellow faculty members.
23rd Sep '17 2:43:10 AM MarkLungo
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-->-- '''{{WebVideo/SFDebris}}''' on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Real Life"

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-->-- '''{{WebVideo/SFDebris}}''' '''WebVideo/SFDebris''' on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Real Life"
the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E21RealLife Real Life]]"
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