History Main / SocietyIsToBlame

19th Nov '17 6:30:06 PM WarriorsGate
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Basically, the old idea that people can be forced into a life of crime through extenuating circumstances. Since a person is born into a poor, violent, or non-white social milieu, we should not be surprised when such a person becomes a criminal, nor should we blame him for resorting to criminal activity; all his life, he has been operating at a disadvantage that most AcceptableTargets don't suffer from.

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Basically, the old The idea that people can be forced into a life of crime through extenuating circumstances. Since When a person is born into a poor, violent, or non-white disenfranchised social milieu, we should not be surprised when such a person becomes a criminal, nor should we blame him for resorting to criminal activity; all his life, he has been operating at a disadvantage that most AcceptableTargets don't suffer from.
17th Nov '17 8:36:54 AM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d but {{defied|Trope}} in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants Extra Crunchy Book o' Fun''. In the final exam, one question asks what is often to blame for creating monsters, and the first answer is "society." The correct answer, however, is nuclear waste.



** In 1990, ''TheSimpsons'' exploded onto the pop-culture scene. Bart Simpson almost immediately became the most Moral Panic-inducing public figure of the past decade, not the least because of a line of subversive T-shirts with Bart's image that kids of all ages began sporting on the streets. One of the most notorious had Bart casually explaining: "I'm just the product of a society that's lost its good manners, [[TotallyRadical man]]."

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** In 1990, ''TheSimpsons'' ''The Simpsons'' exploded onto the pop-culture scene. Bart Simpson almost immediately became the most Moral Panic-inducing public figure of the past decade, not the least because of a line of subversive T-shirts with Bart's image that kids of all ages began sporting on the streets. One of the most notorious had Bart casually explaining: "I'm just the product of a society that's lost its good manners, [[TotallyRadical man]]."


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** In one of the early shorts, Bart wants Grampa to tell a scary story. As Grampa starts telling it, he suddenly dies. [[spoiler: Not really. [[TheGadfly He's just pulling Bart's leg]].]]
-->'''Lisa:''' You killed Grampa.
-->'''Bart:''' No way, man! Society killed Grampa!
15th Jul '17 10:39:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/{{Rainbow}}'' blames it all on WorldWarII--with Japan's economy in ruins, there simply isn't enough to go around, and those who can't survive legally must necessarily steal to survive.

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* ''Anime/{{Rainbow}}'' blames it all on WorldWarII--with UsefulNotes/WorldWarII--with Japan's economy in ruins, there simply isn't enough to go around, and those who can't survive legally must necessarily steal to survive.
7th Jul '17 12:40:54 AM FierceArtist
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society divided by wealth. He, however envisions a society where work is consensual, while the rest of society support those who don't want to work - Naturally, after running into [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Saitama]], Hammerhead reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] ([[LoserProtagonist himself unemployed]], and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime goes further Saitama listening to the news report [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed blames [[TheNewRockAndRoll modern pop music]] for encouraging laziness in modern youth for corrupting them, preventing them from getting "real" jobs like everyone else.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society divided by wealth. He, however envisions a society where work is consensual, while wealth, and the rest frustrations of society support those who don't want labor. No-one listens to work - the leader's rants, and they only start paying attention to them when they're beating up heroes or knocking down buildings. Naturally, after running into [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Saitama]], Hammerhead reveals that he's just a LazyBum, LazyBum refusing to work, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] ([[LoserProtagonist himself unemployed]], and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime goes further Saitama listening to the news report [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed blames [[TheNewRockAndRoll modern pop music]] for encouraging laziness in corrupting modern youth for corrupting them, preventing them from getting "real" jobs like everyone else.
7th Jul '17 12:23:45 AM FierceArtist
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society where the wealthy get luxuries, and the unemployed struggle. He, however envisions a society where people can only work if they consent to it, while the rest of society pay for the resources of those who don't want to - Naturally, after running into Saitama, he reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] (himself unemployed, and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime further parodies it with Saitama listening to the news report [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed argues that society is indeed to blame...for encouraging laziness in modern youth who believe that they can get by with no ambitions and a refusal to find work.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society where the wealthy get luxuries, and the unemployed struggle. divided by wealth. He, however envisions a society where people can only work if they consent to it, is consensual, while the rest of society pay for the resources of support those who don't want to work - Naturally, after running into Saitama, he [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Saitama]], Hammerhead reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] (himself unemployed, ([[LoserProtagonist himself unemployed]], and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime goes further parodies it with Saitama listening to the news report [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed argues that society is indeed to blame...blames [[TheNewRockAndRoll modern pop music]] for encouraging laziness in modern youth who believe that they can get by with no ambitions and a refusal to find work.for corrupting them, preventing them from getting "real" jobs like everyone else.
6th Jul '17 12:47:32 AM FierceArtist
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society where the wealthy get luxuries, and the unemployed struggle. He, however envisions a society where people can only work if they consent to it, while the rest of society pay for the resources of those who don't want to - Naturally, after running into Saitama, he reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] (himself unemployed, and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime further parodies it with Saitama listening to the news report [[FuunyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed argues that society is indeed to blame...for encouraging laziness in modern youth who believe that they can get by with no ambitions and a refusal to find work.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society where the wealthy get luxuries, and the unemployed struggle. He, however envisions a society where people can only work if they consent to it, while the rest of society pay for the resources of those who don't want to - Naturally, after running into Saitama, he reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] (himself unemployed, and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime further parodies it with Saitama listening to the news report [[FuunyBackgroundEvent [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed argues that society is indeed to blame...for encouraging laziness in modern youth who believe that they can get by with no ambitions and a refusal to find work.
6th Jul '17 12:45:58 AM FierceArtist
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', a criminal organization known as the Paradisers - lead by Hammerhead, go around causing trouble because of an unequal society where the wealthy get luxuries, and the unemployed struggle. He, however envisions a society where people can only work if they consent to it, while the rest of society pay for the resources of those who don't want to - Naturally, after running into Saitama, he reveals that he's just a LazyBum, and as Saitama spares him, [[NotSoDifferent he muses that he could've been like him]] (himself unemployed, and [[PunchClockHero only doing hero work for a hobby]]). The anime further parodies it with Saitama listening to the news report [[FuunyBackgroundEvent in the background]] discussing the Paradisers and how they could have arisen. An "expert" interviewed argues that society is indeed to blame...for encouraging laziness in modern youth who believe that they can get by with no ambitions and a refusal to find work.
29th May '17 9:52:04 PM nombretomado
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* The lyrics to WithinTemptation's "Angel" include these lines, but then immediately subverts it:

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* The lyrics to WithinTemptation's Music/WithinTemptation's "Angel" include these lines, but then immediately subverts it:
18th Apr '17 3:34:51 AM DaneeBound
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* Gurdurr in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''. He used to be a pride carpenter, but one injury and one malicious client later and he lost all confidence in his skills, which took him down the path of unjust. When confronted about his wrongdoings by the player character and his partner he will say: [] you can't get mad at me. It's just the way this rotten world works.
3rd Apr '17 3:39:53 PM eowynjedi
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' two-parter "Past Tense" sends Sisko, Bashir, and Dax back to [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2024 America]], where the homeless and unemployed are relocated to "Sanctuary Districts." Theoretically they're given food, shelter, and help finding a job, but in practice they're locked in, overcrowded, and violent residents nicknamed "Ghosts" prey on the weak. The most prominent of these is B.C., a hair-trigger thug who knifed an important historical figure before his time and begins the all-important riots. As the crisis goes on, however, he shows hints that he wouldn't have turned to violence if he hadn't been shoved into the Districts--and in fact those with existing records are not ''allowed'' in, so all of the Ghosts only became dangerous after they were swept under the rug to be forgotten.
-->'''B.C.:''' Why are they acting so surprised? You treat people like animals you're gonna get bit!
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