History Main / SocietyIsToBlame

17th Jan '16 10:44:50 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrder'', often, especially ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. We wrap up the A plot more quickly than usual, find out that Johnny did it and the jury agrees... but our heroes realize that it's not really Johnny's fault and strike back against the corporate overlord / gang / societal disease that "made him do it".
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* ''LawAndOrder'', ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', often, especially ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. We wrap up the A plot more quickly than usual, find out that Johnny did it and the jury agrees... but our heroes realize that it's not really Johnny's fault and strike back against the corporate overlord / gang / societal disease that "made him do it".
13th Dec '15 7:49:26 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: Eva Lord]] from ''SinCity'' laughs at this trope once she's revealed as the BigBad in ''A Dame To Kill For''. She mentions that, if she were ever caught, people would be reluctant to call her evil. They would simply blame society. * There was an issue of ''XFactor'', early in the second series, that used this as a RunningGag: one person blamed society for something, then someone who hadn't been in the room came in, joined the conversation, and said, "Personally, I blame society," about something else, the topic having shifted, and then it happened ''at least'' once more.
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* [[spoiler: Eva Lord]] from ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' laughs at this trope once she's revealed as the BigBad in ''A Dame To Kill For''. She mentions that, if she were ever caught, people would be reluctant to call her evil. They would simply blame society. * There was an issue of ''XFactor'', ''ComicBook/XFactor'', early in the second series, that used this as a RunningGag: one person blamed society for something, then someone who hadn't been in the room came in, joined the conversation, and said, "Personally, I blame society," about something else, the topic having shifted, and then it happened ''at least'' once more.
29th Nov '15 11:27:14 AM hamza678
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* Invoked in ''YuruYuri'' by Himawari's hilariously WiseBeyondHerYears (or possibly just precocious) little sister to explain Sakurako's behavior.
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* Invoked in ''YuruYuri'' ''Manga/YuruYuri'' by Himawari's hilariously WiseBeyondHerYears (or possibly just precocious) little sister to explain Sakurako's behavior.
10th Nov '15 5:48:41 PM nombretomado
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** Followed by, "We're no good" etc. So ''in context'', the (apparent) admission of moral responsibility is merely another way-station along a near-death-march of absurd rationalization and counterreaction: a Chorus provided by "sympathetic liberals" '''and''' the withering disapproval of the (at time of release--of play & film--yet to be named) [[RichardNixon Silent Majority]]. All ineffectual; all as prone to whining as are the Jets themselves.
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** Followed by, "We're no good" etc. So ''in context'', the (apparent) admission of moral responsibility is merely another way-station along a near-death-march of absurd rationalization and counterreaction: a Chorus provided by "sympathetic liberals" '''and''' the withering disapproval of the (at time of release--of play & film--yet to be named) [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Silent Majority]]. All ineffectual; all as prone to whining as are the Jets themselves.
30th Jul '15 12:22:27 PM Allronix
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* ''Series/ColdCase'' mixes this with an economy sized {{Deconstruction}} of GoodOldWays. Expect at least five episodes a season or more to make the ''era'' of the murder the true villain, particularly when it comes to issues of race or sexuality. The episode "Best Friends," with an interracial female-female romance in the 1920's plays both factors for everything it's worth.
2nd Jun '15 7:15:58 AM ChronoLegion
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* Subverted in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ShowWithinAShow called ''Gumbel 2 Gumbel'', where one of the detectives is interrogating a thief and offers this as an explanation, only for the thief to shut it down. -->'''Brian Gumbel:''' Purse snatching... society's fault, or one man's cry for help? -->'''Thief:''' What are you talking about? I wanted her money!
8th May '15 1:52:07 PM Jeduthun
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* In a ''NewspaperComics/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Linus chases a toy airplane inside and accidentally breaks a lamp. This exchange ensues: --> '''Lucy:''' "Ha! Now you've done it! Now you've broken a lamp, and you've got no one to blame it on but yourself!" --> '''Linus:''' (''[[BeatPanel considers a moment]]'') "Maybe I could blame it on society!
21st Mar '15 9:35:22 PM Fireblood
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* The most vicious [[StrawmanPolitical subversion]] of this particular trope is a John Callahan single-panel cartoon in which a partially-dismembered mugging victim begs the cops not to punish her attacker: "I think we should look for the root cause of the problem."
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* The most vicious [[StrawmanPolitical subversion]] of this particular trope is a John Callahan single-panel cartoon in which a partially-dismembered mugging victim begs the cops not to punish her attacker: "I think we should look for the root cause of the problem.""[[note]]One sociology student who was hit with a brick by a man on the street [[RealityIsUnrealistic really said]] something like this.[[/note]]
21st Mar '15 9:33:46 PM Fireblood
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* The criminals in ''Film/WestSideStory'' invoke this mockingly in the song and dance number "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq28qCklEHc Gee, Officer Krupke]]". The gang leader plays himself, with various gang members playing a low-ranking police officer who arrests him and various authority figures. These various authority figures have various shallow theories about what the problem is, most of these theories being in SocietyIsToBlame territory. But what they all have in common is that they whack him over the head and send him away to be somebody else's problem. Oh, and they all either insult the lowly policeman or ignore him. It all ends with a mutual rejection: The final authority figure dismiss the gangleader as a bad person period, and the gang concludes that they simply want society out of their lives.
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* The criminals in ''Film/WestSideStory'' invoke this mockingly in the song and dance number "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq28qCklEHc Gee, Officer Krupke]]". The gang leader plays himself, with various other gang members playing a low-ranking police officer who arrests him and various authority figures. These various authority figures have various shallow theories about what the problem is, most of these theories being in SocietyIsToBlame territory. But what they all have in common is that they whack him over the head and send him away to be somebody else's problem. Oh, and they all either insult the lowly policeman or ignore him. It all ends with a mutual rejection: The final authority figure dismiss dismisses the gangleader gang leader as a bad person period, and the gang concludes that they simply want society out of their lives.

** Followed by, "We're no good" etc. So ''in context'', the (apparent) admission of moral responsibility is merely another way-station along a near-death-march of absurd rationalization and counterreaction: a Chorus provided by "sympathetic liberals" '''and''' the withering disapproval of the (at time of release--of play & film--yet to be named ) [[RichardNixon Silent Majority]]. All ineffectual; all as prone to whining as are the Jets themselves.
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** Followed by, "We're no good" etc. So ''in context'', the (apparent) admission of moral responsibility is merely another way-station along a near-death-march of absurd rationalization and counterreaction: a Chorus provided by "sympathetic liberals" '''and''' the withering disapproval of the (at time of release--of play & film--yet to be named ) named) [[RichardNixon Silent Majority]]. All ineffectual; all as prone to whining as are the Jets themselves.

* The plot of ''Film/MenaceIISociety:'' Caine is a violent gangster who is a product of his crappy upbringing but at the same time he has a chance to rise above his circumstances and everyone who cares about him tells him to make something of his live and get out of the streets. * ''Film/BoyzNTheHood:'' the only one of the three boys to overcome the pressures of street life is Tre, due to the presence of his father counterbalancing the negative influence of life in Compton.
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* The plot of ''Film/MenaceIISociety:'' Caine is a violent gangster who is a product of his crappy upbringing but at the same time he has a chance to rise above his circumstances and everyone who cares about him tells him to make something of his live life and get out of the streets. * ''Film/BoyzNTheHood:'' the The only one of the three boys to overcome the pressures of street life is Tre, due to the presence of his father counterbalancing the negative influence of life in Compton.

* In ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' Erik's behavior (killing people) is often attributed to this
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* In ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' Erik's behavior (killing people) is often attributed to thisthis.

* In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', the future is a Utopian nightmare where everyone is a [[DesignerBabies gen-engineered bundles of perfection]], and any one who isn't is thrown in a dumpster and becomes a terrorist.
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* In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', the future is a Utopian nightmare where everyone is a [[DesignerBabies gen-engineered bundles of perfection]], and any one anyone who isn't is thrown in a dumpster and becomes a terrorist.
21st Mar '15 9:05:53 PM RavenWilder
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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Abby is initially horrified that her daughter, Clarke, allowed a missile to hit a friendly village, leaving hundreds of people to die, because saving them would hurt her military strategy. However, Kane points out that Clarke grew up on the Ark, where leaders like him and Abby routinely executed people for minor offenses and denied people access to food or medicine, all in the name of ensuring their species' survival, so they shouldn't be surprised when Clarke, having been given a position of leadership, behaves with the same ruthless pragmatism. As Kane puts it, "She learned what to do from us."
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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Abby is initially horrified that her daughter, Clarke, allowed a missile to hit a friendly village, leaving hundreds of people to die, because saving them would hurt her military strategy. However, Kane points out that Clarke grew up on the Ark, where leaders like him and Abby routinely executed people for minor offenses and often denied people access to food or medicine, medicine and would routinely execute people for even minor offenses, all in the name of ensuring their species' survival, so they shouldn't be surprised when Clarke, having been given a position of leadership, behaves with the same ruthless pragmatism. As Kane puts it, "She learned what to do from us."
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