History Main / WhatDoYouMeanitsNotPolitical

15th Feb '18 8:05:48 PM patriciovalencia117
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** ''Breitbart'' [[http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/05/16/godzilla-review-everything-you-want-and-more notes]] that "only Barack Obama's Hawaii, Harry Reid's Nevada, and Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco are destroyed" and jokingly speculates that this was intended as a TakeThat against the Democrats.

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** ''Breitbart'' William Tsutsui, [[http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/05/16/godzilla-review-everything-you-want-and-more notes]] that "only Barack Obama's Hawaii, Harry Reid's Nevada, and Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco are destroyed" and jokingly speculates that foreignaffairs.com/articles/141472/william-m-tsutsui/for-godzilla-and-country author of ''Godzilla on My Mind'',]] suggests this was intended film as a TakeThat against being the Democrats.turning of Godzilla into an American icon with the cheering he gets along with the MUTO love scene and violence being more overt than the Japanese films.
15th Feb '18 10:50:40 AM BrendanRizzo
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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]]). 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'' [[{{Bulverism}} in the work arises from subconscious attitudes the author may or may not have have]] (an unfortunate side effect of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAuteurTheory ''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]].
31st Jan '18 7:34:20 AM Cryoclaste
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* GearsOfWar: [[spoiler: It turns out in the third game that Imulsion, human society's main fuel source, was responsible for the entire conflict because it turned the locust into the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent lambent]], who forced the surviving locust to seek refuge on the surface, leading to the war with the humans. Even before any of that had come to light, humans had been engaged in unending wars over imulsion resources.]]. Let me say that again. A rare and valuable fuel source (oil) is responsible for centuries of non-stop war, the destruction of society, and turning everyone into mindless zombies.

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* GearsOfWar: ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'': [[spoiler: It turns out in the third game that Imulsion, human society's main fuel source, was responsible for the entire conflict because it turned the locust into the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent lambent]], who forced the surviving locust to seek refuge on the surface, leading to the war with the humans. Even before any of that had come to light, humans had been engaged in unending wars over imulsion resources.]]. Let me say that again. A rare and valuable fuel source (oil) is responsible for centuries of non-stop war, the destruction of society, and turning everyone into mindless zombies.
26th Jan '18 5:49:27 PM nombretomado
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* It's been suggested that Creator/StanLee intended the two mutant leaders to represent the competing tactics of civil rights leaders MartinLutherKingJr (Professor Xavier) and UsefulNotes/MalcolmX (ComicBook/{{Magneto}}), and the analogy is very frequently mentioned in discussions of the books. Another comparison has been gays, or other specific or non-specific minorities, that some fans see it as a "violation" of what the story is supposedly about when a particular plot or character's behaviour does not fit in with their interpretation of choice. Some writers consciously or subconsciously fed this by modeling the mutants' plight in particular storylines on that of real-life minorities, which also led to fans squabbling amongst themselves as to whether the X-Men are more a metaphor for race or for homosexuality, and also to the tendency among some fans to consider "ugly" mutants "truer" mutants than "pretty" mutants. All this often loses sight of the fact that Marvel's mutants started out as a fairly standard science-fiction "super-race" melded with the standard Silver Age superhero conventions. Thus during the first two decades of the X-Men's existence the default was to maintain a SecretIdentity and hide that one was a mutant from the public, which would have caused a different sort of blacklash if the feature had been intended as a metaphor of or a comment on the situation of a minority within society in the real world. More broadly, they represent alternative paths that oppressed people can follow: appeal to the consciences of the oppressors by taking the moral high ground, or defend your rights by force.

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* It's been suggested that Creator/StanLee intended the two mutant leaders to represent the competing tactics of civil rights leaders MartinLutherKingJr UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr (Professor Xavier) and UsefulNotes/MalcolmX (ComicBook/{{Magneto}}), and the analogy is very frequently mentioned in discussions of the books. Another comparison has been gays, or other specific or non-specific minorities, that some fans see it as a "violation" of what the story is supposedly about when a particular plot or character's behaviour does not fit in with their interpretation of choice. Some writers consciously or subconsciously fed this by modeling the mutants' plight in particular storylines on that of real-life minorities, which also led to fans squabbling amongst themselves as to whether the X-Men are more a metaphor for race or for homosexuality, and also to the tendency among some fans to consider "ugly" mutants "truer" mutants than "pretty" mutants. All this often loses sight of the fact that Marvel's mutants started out as a fairly standard science-fiction "super-race" melded with the standard Silver Age superhero conventions. Thus during the first two decades of the X-Men's existence the default was to maintain a SecretIdentity and hide that one was a mutant from the public, which would have caused a different sort of blacklash if the feature had been intended as a metaphor of or a comment on the situation of a minority within society in the real world. More broadly, they represent alternative paths that oppressed people can follow: appeal to the consciences of the oppressors by taking the moral high ground, or defend your rights by force.
26th Jan '18 11:19:58 AM Diegoshi
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* ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' artist Jon Malin drew a sing that says [[Film/DarkCity "Shell Beach"]] on the Thunderbolt's tie-in issue to [[ComicBook/AvengersStandoff Avengers Standoff]], which takes place on the fictional town of Pleasant Hill. This seemed like an apt reference, as both Pleasant Hill and Shell Beach are seemly innocent places hiding dark secrets. This, somehow, got Malin, a self-described Libertarian, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be2FY95gOTM&t=359s accused of being part of the Alt-Right.]]

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* ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' artist Jon Malin drew a sing that says [[Film/DarkCity "Shell Beach"]] on the Thunderbolt's tie-in issue to to [[ComicBook/AvengersStandoff Avengers Standoff]], which takes place on the fictional town of Pleasant Hill. This seemed like an apt reference, as both Pleasant Hill and Shell Beach are seemly innocent places hiding dark secrets. This, somehow, got Malin, a self-described Libertarian, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be2FY95gOTM&t=359s accused of being part of the Alt-Right.]]
26th Jan '18 11:17:12 AM Diegoshi
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* ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' artist Jon Malin drew a sing that says [[Film/DarkCity "Shell Beach"]] on the Thunderbolt's tie-in issue to [[ComicBook/AvengersStandoff Avengers Standoff]], which takes place on the fictional town of Pleasant Hill. This seemed like an apt reference, as both Pleasant Hill and Shell Beach are seemly innocent places hiding dark secrets. This, somehow, got Malin, a self-described Libertarian, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be2FY95gOTM&t=359s accused of being part of the Alt-Right.]]
6th Jan '18 10:15:22 PM nombretomado
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-->'''JMichaelStraczynski:''' A lot of our episodes are [[{{Applicability}} constructed to work as mirrors]]; you see what you put into it. "Believers" has been interpreted as pro- religion, anti-religion, and religion-neutral... "Quality" has been interpreted, as you note, as pro-capital punishment, and anti-capital punishment. We do, as you say, much prefer to leave the decision on what things mean to the viewer to hash out. A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument... [[BarBrawl and the occasional bar fight.]]

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-->'''JMichaelStraczynski:''' -->'''Creator/JMichaelStraczynski:''' A lot of our episodes are [[{{Applicability}} constructed to work as mirrors]]; you see what you put into it. "Believers" has been interpreted as pro- religion, anti-religion, and religion-neutral... "Quality" has been interpreted, as you note, as pro-capital punishment, and anti-capital punishment. We do, as you say, much prefer to leave the decision on what things mean to the viewer to hash out. A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument... [[BarBrawl and the occasional bar fight.]]
6th Jan '18 6:25:31 AM mario0987
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** [[https://them0vieblog.com/2017/05/21/doctor-who-extremis-review/ At least]] [[https://them0vieblog.com/2017/05/28/doctor-who-the-pyramid-at-the-end-of-the-world-review/ one blogger]] has interpreted "Extremis" and "The Pyramid At The End Of The World" as a reaction against the election of Donald Trump as US President and the UK's decision to leave the European Union. The view is slightly helped by the writer of the latter also writing "The Zygon Invasion" and "The Zygon Inversion" which is clearly an allegory for the political climate at the time regarding refugees and terrorists. It should also be noted this blogger does use EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory a lot.
31st Dec '17 9:24:10 AM BenOfHouston
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** Kathleen Richter of ''Ms. Magazine'' [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ caused quite a stir]] when she accused ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' of promoting an anti-feminist, anti-intellectual, homophobic, white-power viewpoint, largely due to a complete lack of fact checking. The ensuing backlash quickly prompted ''Ms. Magazine'' to follow her article with [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ a rebuttal]] by the show's creator, Creator/LaurenFaust.

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** Kathleen Richter of ''Ms. Magazine'' [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ caused quite a stir]] when she accused ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' of promoting an anti-feminist, anti-intellectual, homophobic, white-power viewpoint, largely due to a complete lack of fact checking.checking (it's not clear in the article that [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer she watched past the opening credits]]). The ensuing backlash quickly prompted ''Ms. Magazine'' to follow her article with [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ a rebuttal]] by the show's creator, Creator/LaurenFaust.
11th Dec '17 6:02:54 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''RedFaction: Guerilla'': WideOpenSandbox game that uses its plot as an excuse for the player to be able to engage in guilt free destruction akin to the SaintsRow series by the same developer? Or the most [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/09/24/wot-i-think-red-faction-guerrilla/ brutal indictment of the Iraq war in gaming history where you're essentially playing as the insurgents?]]

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* ''RedFaction: Guerilla'': WideOpenSandbox game that uses its plot as an excuse for the player to be able to engage in guilt free destruction akin to the SaintsRow ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series by the same developer? Or the most [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/09/24/wot-i-think-red-faction-guerrilla/ brutal indictment of the Iraq war in gaming history where you're essentially playing as the insurgents?]]
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