Created By: StevenT on February 20, 2013

No Context Needed

Complaining about a work's content regardless of the context in which it's presented.

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Sometimes when Moral Guardians try to collect evidence of works being immoral, they have to resort to cherry picking and will put down anything bad as an example, even if it's something the villain is doing.


Examples:

  • The Betty Boop short "Be Human" was once banned for depicting animal cruelty even though it was portraying it in a negative way.
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  • February 20, 2013
    StarSword
    I'm pretty sure we already have this in some form (maybe somewhere near Cowboy Bebop At His Computer), but...

    Video Games:
    • Portal 1 and 2 were accused of being offensive to adopted people. Reality check: the folks who make fun of Chell for being adopted are the villains of the piece.
  • February 20, 2013
    Hodor
    Nevermind, not sure trope I was thinking of exists.
  • February 20, 2013
    billybobfred
    Somewhere in the realm of Demonization? Since you specifically mention the villain, that sounds like an attempt to enforce But Not Too Evil?
  • February 21, 2013
    Chabal2
    Apparently some people took offense to the "There is only power, and those too weak to see it" line in Harry Potter, not knowing (or not wanting to know) it was spoken bby the villain.
  • February 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Porkys II: The Next Day a preacher gets it into his head that Shakespeare is immoral and tries to shut down the school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He quotes many out-of-context Shakespeare lines showing them to be vulgar filth. The school principal goes into Quote To Quote Combat against him with The Bible as his source of "filth." [1]
  • February 22, 2013
    TheHandle
    But Shakespeare does contain legitimately vulgar filth... Raunchy humour was very fashionable back then.
  • February 22, 2013
    Oof
  • February 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^^I don't disagree, the point being that the preacher's opionion is it's all filth, not just the filthy bits. He objects to the line in Midsummer "Lovers to bed, 'tis almost fairy time" because [he implies] "fairy" means homosexual behavior.

    Another Shakespeare example that pops up a lot (but I can't give a specific example) is "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." A man on the wrong side of history is saying this in Henry VI Part 2, but when quoted it's presented as if it's Shakespeare's personal opnion.
  • February 22, 2013
    McKathlin
    Yes, this is a specific tactic used in Demonization: Twisting The Words applied to works by their detractors.
  • February 22, 2013
    TrustBen
    This seems like a trope that shouldn't go on the main page unless it happens in-universe.
  • February 22, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    A lot of rating codes that restrict or prohibit all depiction of something, regardless of whether the forbidden thing is show in a negative light, will lead to this.

    The famous Spider Man book that was the first mainstream comic to run without Comics Code approval was in the situation for negative portrayal of drug use.
  • February 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    I remember when I did a paper in high school about Huxley's novel Brave New World, I also looked into some of its critical reception contemporary to it (i.e. in the 1920s). I found a few reviews in library archives that condemned it for the lewd and meaningless sexuality in the novel, Completely Missing The Point about how that was a symptom of the totally materialistic dystopia Huxley was warning about--not something the author particularly desired.

  • February 23, 2013
    StarValkyrie
    For the love of tropes, please choose a different name! I've been cleaning ZCE magnets lately and a trope name like this is just asking to be potholed into "Obviously ____." Something that gets more to the point that this is about people wanting to censor things might be better.
  • February 23, 2013
    Oof
  • February 23, 2013
    StarSword
    Compare Quote Mine.
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