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20th Aug '16 2:50:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''There Is No Depression In New Zealand'' by Blam Blam Blam. The song, released in 1981, is told from the viewpoint of then-Prime Minister of NewZealand Robert Muldoon, who insisted everything was hunky-dory and that those who said otherwise were nothing more than rabble-rousers. Later the same year, that sense of security was loudly interrupted by the Springbok Tour which [[BrokenBase bitterly polarised the public]].

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* ''There Is No Depression In New Zealand'' by Blam Blam Blam. The song, released in 1981, is told from the viewpoint of then-Prime Minister of NewZealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand Robert Muldoon, who insisted everything was hunky-dory and that those who said otherwise were nothing more than rabble-rousers. Later the same year, that sense of security was loudly interrupted by the Springbok Tour which [[BrokenBase bitterly polarised the public]].
14th Aug '16 3:08:41 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the Sadie's Story extras in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', an overweight butcher stays in his store, happily trying to sell or outright give away his meat to refugees fleeing New Mombasa, though he's doing this so that people can have food while getting out of the city, and you can hear a woman thanking him profusely for giving her a number of kabobs. He also admits that he is extremely fat and would take up space on a bus or train that would be better spent on thinner people.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach''[='s=] New Alexandria level has, as an EasterEgg activated by a switch on another building, a dance club where a DJ is spinning "Never Surrender" from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (and "Siege of Madrigal" if you hit another switch on the roof) while the city burns. The grunts even dance to the music.

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In the Sadie's Story extras in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', an overweight butcher stays in his store, happily trying to sell or outright give away his meat to refugees fleeing New Mombasa, though he's doing this so that people can have food while getting out of the city, and you can hear a woman thanking him profusely for giving her a number of kabobs. He also admits that he is extremely fat and would take up space on a bus or train that would be better spent on thinner people.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach''[='s=] New Alexandria "New Alexandria" level has, as an EasterEgg activated by a switch on another building, a dance club where a DJ is spinning "Never Surrender" from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (and "Siege of Madrigal" if you hit another switch on the roof) while the city burns. The grunts Grunts even dance to the music.
7th Aug '16 6:14:09 PM nombretomado
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* A rather chilling scene in the [[TheDCU DC Comics]] miniseries ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'': In Superman's absence (due to power failure), ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity started a program to give ordinary people superpowers]], and soon Metropolis is swarming with self-styled superheroes. But Luthor becomes obsessed with a new hero, Supernova, and to call him out, on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, during a huge rally for the new "heroes," he switches their powers off. Luthor spends the next few moments waiting for Supernova's arrival chatting casually on a cell phone as hundreds of helpless people fall out of the sky and onto the pavement.

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* A rather chilling scene in the [[TheDCU DC Comics]] Franchise/TheDCU miniseries ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'': In Superman's absence (due to power failure), ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity started a program to give ordinary people superpowers]], and soon Metropolis is swarming with self-styled superheroes. But Luthor becomes obsessed with a new hero, Supernova, and to call him out, on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, during a huge rally for the new "heroes," he switches their powers off. Luthor spends the next few moments waiting for Supernova's arrival chatting casually on a cell phone as hundreds of helpless people fall out of the sky and onto the pavement.
30th Jun '16 11:18:13 PM M84
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* The villainy of a couple characters in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is highlighted by acting this way while witnessing the atrocities they perpetrate:
** Walder Frey gleefully slurps down his wine during [[spoiler:the Red Wedding where he has the King in the North and his bannermen slaughtered in a horrific violation of [[SacredHospitality Guest Right]].]]
** Cersei Lannister smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine as she watches [[spoiler:the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance.]] She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
23rd May '16 9:22:58 PM Willbyr
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* Near the end of {{Mahoromatic}}, it's quite clear that something calamitous is going to happen to the planet. However, most people just calmly go throughout their day, with one woman proclaiming happily she's getting the ingredients to cook her husband's favorite dinner.

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* Near the end of {{Mahoromatic}}, ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'', it's quite clear that something calamitous is going to happen to the planet. However, most people just calmly go throughout their day, with one woman proclaiming happily she's getting the ingredients to cook her husband's favorite dinner.
13th May '16 10:42:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* During the [[TheYugoslavWars Siege of Sarajevo]], the Serbs would shell the city every night. It was under this backdrop of shelling that cellist Vedran Smailović would play Christmas songs in the middle of the town square ''while the city was being shelled around him!'' He said he did this to prove that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place. According to The Music/TransSiberianOrchestra, this act of bravery/craziness was the inspiration for their song Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.

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* During the [[TheYugoslavWars [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars Siege of Sarajevo]], the Serbs would shell the city every night. It was under this backdrop of shelling that cellist Vedran Smailović would play Christmas songs in the middle of the town square ''while the city was being shelled around him!'' He said he did this to prove that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place. According to The Music/TransSiberianOrchestra, this act of bravery/craziness was the inspiration for their song Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.
1st May '16 1:33:02 PM aye_amber
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* "We dance to the sound of sirens, and we watch genocide to relax."({{Covenant}}, in "Theremin")

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* "We dance to the sound of sirens, and we watch genocide to relax."({{Covenant}}, in " (Music/{{Covenant}}, "Theremin")
30th Apr '16 12:53:18 PM Chris358
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* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Thomas Andrews, the ship's architect, and Captain John Smith. Andrews stands in the first class lounge, calmly watching the clock tick away, and Captain Smith remains at his post on the bridge.

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* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': The ship's architect Thomas Andrews, the ship's architect, bandleader Wallace Hartley, and Captain Edward John Smith. Andrews stands in the first class lounge, calmly watching the clock tick away, Hartley and his band are playing a hymn, and Captain Smith remains at his post on the bridge.
29th Apr '16 8:14:40 PM Str8taim
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