History Main / WhatDoYouMeanitsNotPolitical

27th May '17 12:42:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' features a complex example. WordOfGod says the plot to the series was thought up in the 1970s and based on [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon contemporary]] [[VietnamWar events]], but many suspect Creator/GeorgeLucas' storywriting to be somewhat of an IndyPloy, the prequels storyline not crystalizing until later. Furthermore, there is Anakin's "If you are not with me, then you're my enemy" quote, which is an OlderThanTheyThink quote, one from Literature/TheBible.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' features a complex example. WordOfGod says the plot to the series was thought up in the 1970s and based on [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon contemporary]] [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar events]], but many suspect Creator/GeorgeLucas' storywriting to be somewhat of an IndyPloy, the prequels storyline not crystalizing until later. Furthermore, there is Anakin's "If you are not with me, then you're my enemy" quote, which is an OlderThanTheyThink quote, one from Literature/TheBible.



* Russel Morris' MindScrew "The Real Thing" was interpreted by many as a commentary on TheVietnamWar ("Is there a meaning here? Is there a meaning there? Does it really mean a thing?"). WordOfGod was that was actually bemused speculation about Coca-Cola's slogan.

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* Russel Morris' MindScrew "The Real Thing" was interpreted by many as a commentary on TheVietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar ("Is there a meaning here? Is there a meaning there? Does it really mean a thing?"). WordOfGod was that was actually bemused speculation about Coca-Cola's slogan.
11th May '17 7:16:48 PM harostar
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* British horror flick ''Film/TheRezort'' involves wealthy Westerners going on a safari to hunt zombies for fun. The twist comes when it's learned the titular resort is kept going by infecting AmbiguouslyBrown refugees, and using them as targets for the tourists. Considering the on-going refugee crisis in Europe, it could be argued the film draws a parallel with its discussion of exploitation and dehumanization.
26th Apr '17 5:44:33 AM KingZeal
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** Combine with AgentsOfSHIELD, you woudl think Marvel TV have something against right-wing politics.
25th Apr '17 11:12:42 PM KingZeal
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* Internet critics went wild claiming ''Series/LukeCage'', the story of a superpowered bulletproof black man, just ''had'' to be commentary on police brutality towards black men, which was a hot button issue at the time. Some went as far as to claim Luke Cage was created entirely in response to said issue ([[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer he wasn't]]; [[OlderThanTheyThink the character was created decades beforehand]]). Some of the show's creators even encouraged this sort of thinking, doing things like having Luke [[FauxSymbolism wear a black hoodie in reference to the Trayvon Martin shooting]]. The actual show doesn't really say much about the matter; it focuses more on internal problems in the black community such as gang violence and Luke only comes into conflict with police after being framed for a crime (and even then they don't try to kill him). Ironically, this exact sort of "everything is political/racial" mindset is exploited by a villain in the show to turn the public against Luke and score easy points by getting people panicked.

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* Internet critics went wild claiming ''Series/LukeCage'', Much of the story of internet, including some professional critics, stated that Series/LukeCage was a superpowered bulletproof black man, just ''had'' to be commentary on police brutality towards black men, which was a hot button issue at the time. Some went as far as to claim Luke Cage was created entirely in response to said issue ([[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer he wasn't]]; [[OlderThanTheyThink the character was created decades beforehand]]). men. Some of the show's creators even encouraged this sort of thinking, doing things like having Luke [[FauxSymbolism wear a black hoodie in reference to (which has become symbolic of the Trayvon Martin shooting]]. shooting). The actual show doesn't really say much about the matter; it focuses more on internal problems in the black community such as gang violence and Luke only comes into conflict with police after being framed for a crime (and even then then, they don't try to kill him). Ironically, this exact sort of "everything is political/racial" mindset is exploited by a villain in the show to turn the public against Luke and score easy points by getting people panicked.use excessive force).
25th Apr '17 9:00:35 PM RGZReGZ
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* Internet critics went wild claiming ''Series/LukeCage'', the story of a superpowered bulletproof black man, just ''had'' to be commentary on police brutality towards black men, which was a hot button issue at the time. Some went as far as to claim Luke Cage was created entirely in response to said issue ([[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer he wasn't]]; [[OlderThanTheyThink the character was created decades beforehand]]). Some of the show's creators even encouraged this sort of thinking, doing things like having Luke [[FauxSymbolism wear a black hoodie in reference to the Trayvon Martin shooting]]. The actual show doesn't really say much about the matter; it focuses more on internal problems in the black community such as gang violence and Luke only comes into conflict with police after being framed for a crime (and even then they don't try to kill him). Ironically, this exact sort of "everything is political/racial" mindset is exploited by a villain in the show to turn the public against Luke and score easy points by getting people panicked.
**Combine with AgentsOfSHIELD, you woudl think Marvel TV have something against right-wing politics.



* Internet critics went wild claiming ''Series/LukeCage'', the story of a superpowered bulletproof black man, just ''had'' to be commentary on police brutality towards black men, which was a hot button issue at the time. Some went as far as to claim Luke Cage was created entirely in response to said issue ([[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer he wasn't]]; [[OlderThanTheyThink the character was created decades beforehand]]). Some of the show's creators even encouraged this sort of thinking, doing things like having Luke [[FauxSymbolism wear a black hoodie in reference to the Trayvon Martin shooting]]. The actual show doesn't really say much about the matter; it focuses more on internal problems in the black community such as gang violence and Luke only comes into conflict with police after being framed for a crime (and even then they don't try to kill him). Ironically, this exact sort of "everything is political/racial" mindset is exploited by a villain in the show to turn the public against Luke and score easy points by getting people panicked.
23rd Apr '17 12:03:17 AM RGZReGZ
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** The Framework reality in the final third of Season 4 has so much reference to 2017 American politics it cannot be called parallel:
*** The Hydra controlled government use more drones to surveil its citizens.
*** At one point, in response to how HYDRA is normalized in the Framework reality, Simmons tells a kid that all HYDRA are Nazis "and don't you ever let anyone forget it." [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/seth-meyers-alt-right-nazis-normalization-media This has been said almost word for word regarding the alt-right movement in real life.]]
*** It's also been [[http://screenrant.com/agents-shield-framework-simmons-hydra-nazis/ interpreted as metacommentary]] on Marvel Comics' ongoing ''Secret Empire'' storyline, which has been extremely controversial for having Captain America and Magneto join forces with HYDRA (Captain America was conceived as an anti-fascist hero by two Jewish comic book creators, and Magneto himself is Jewish and has a backstory deeply tied to his being a holocaust survivor), with the justification from comics writer Nick Spencer for this being that HYDRA aren't really Nazis. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' [[https://twitter.com/AgentsofSHIELD/status/849451227620548608 obviously disagrees.]]
*** Framework!Fitz says HYDRA will "make our society great again."
*** If that wasn't hit hard enough, Framework!Fitz says of Skye "Nevertheless, she persisted," which a couple months earlier had become a MemeticMutation against sexism and the Republican government specifically. [[note]]During the debate over installing Jeff Sessions as the attorney general, Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter Martin Luther King's widow had written in the '80s about his racist actions. The committee refused to let her speak, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch [=McConnell=] tried to justify with "She was warned. She was given an ultimatum. Nevertheless, she persisted." The quote was promptly turned against his side with people attributing the same description to all kinds of powerful female figures.[[/note]]
*** Simmons calling out HYDRA's history books "complete disregard for historic and scientific facts" is another TakeThat against the UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump administration, often called out for precisely that.
16th Apr '17 7:27:07 PM rva98014
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** After watching ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', one can't help but wonder if some writers at Disney were tired about the racism in present day society and decided to make a ''very'' {{Anvilicious}} point about how bad it is. Given that it's not just one side doing the racist stereotyping, one wonders if they frequent social justice spheres, too.
18th Mar '17 12:05:32 PM JulianLapostat
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Also note that only rarely is this analysis laudatory. Nine times out of ten, the critic is repulsed by the supposed moral/philosophical/social/whatever point a work is making, and uses their argument to condemn the author. This can even result in a sort of premortem DeathOfTheAuthor if the critic claims that ''everything'' in the work arises from subconscious attitudes the author may or may not have (an unfortunate side effect of the ''auteur'' theory). The argument might even be applied to an entire society of a particular time and place, with the implication that because the audience enjoyed something ''as entertainment'', [[SeriousBusiness they must have applied its values to their daily lives as well]].

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Also note that only rarely is this analysis laudatory. Nine times out of ten, the critic is repulsed by the supposed moral/philosophical/social/whatever point a work is making, and uses their argument to condemn the author. This can even result in a sort of premortem DeathOfTheAuthor if the critic claims that ''everything'' in the work arises from subconscious attitudes the author may or may not have (an unfortunate side effect of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAuteurTheory ''auteur'' theory).theory]]). The argument might even be applied to an entire society of a particular time and place, with the implication that because the audience enjoyed something ''as entertainment'', [[SeriousBusiness they must have applied its values to their daily lives as well]].
16th Mar '17 7:38:25 PM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Despite [[TheNapoleon physical]] and [[TheStarscream psychological]] similarities, Iznogoud was ''not'' inspired by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. He did, however, meet Jacques Chirac at one point. Which in no way prevented photoshops of Sarkozy dressed as Iznogoud from appearing on the Internet shortly after his election, mostly with captions on the subject of "Well, he finally succeeded." There was also a Google bombing mixing Sarkozy and Iznogoud.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Despite [[TheNapoleon physical]] and [[TheStarscream psychological]] similarities, Iznogoud was ''not'' inspired by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. He [[note]] It would be more remarkable if he were; Nicolas Sarkozy was ''seven years old'' when the first Iznogoud stories were published.[[/note]] (He did, however, meet Jacques Chirac at one point. point.) Which in no way prevented photoshops of Sarkozy dressed as Iznogoud from appearing on the Internet shortly after his election, mostly with captions on the subject of "Well, he finally succeeded." There was also a Google bombing mixing Sarkozy and Iznogoud. Moreover, an ''Iznogoud'' book written after Tabary's death in 2011 made extensive use of the similarity, and Sarkozy also won the 1999 Iznogoud Award, which is presented to the person who made the year's most high-profile failure.
9th Mar '17 9:41:07 AM jsanchez2338
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* ''VideoGame/AssssinsCreedUnity'': It is really, really, hard for a game about the French Revolution to escape this. Especially for a Franchise that has formerly prized itself for historical research and an even handed look at the American Revolution.

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* ''VideoGame/AssssinsCreedUnity'': ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'': It is really, really, hard for a game about the French Revolution to escape this. Especially for a Franchise that has formerly prized itself for historical research and an even handed look at the American Revolution.
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