First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
For I was not a socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out
For I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
For I was not a Jew
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for meRelated to Didn't Think This Through and Hypocritical Humor. A subversion of Bystander Syndrome. Compare to Neutral No Longer and Awakening the Sleeping Giant.
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- FoxTrot: One arc invoved Andy installing a MomVo, a device that records TV shows approved by Moral Guardians. At the end, Jason explains that she had realized it's wrong to let a complete stranger dictate what they should or shouldn't watch.
Paige: It wouldn't record her soaps, in other words.Jason: You should have seen how fast she yanked out the cables.
Live Action TV
- Arrested Development: A minor Running Gag involves Lindsay not caring about a cause until it affects her, often for petty reasons.
- She decides to protest The War on Terror when her hairstylist is drafted.
- She protests against a sculpture of the Ten Commandments when she breaks a heel on her shoe while walking past it. Even though it wasn't directly involved.
- She gets the family to rally against a disease when Tobias contracts it. There is a cure for it, but not one that won't soil their social status.
- She is against building a wall along the Mexican border until a "Mexican" (who turns out to be a Mongolian) steals her necklace.
- Cheers: After Lilith leaves Frasier, he goes to attempt suicide by jumping off a ledge. His barmates see him on the news while channel surfing, but they don't really care until the realize it's him.
- Community: In "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics'', Jeff is disinterested in pursuing the "Ass Crack Bandit" (whose crime is sticking quarters into the but cracks of Greendale students) until troy becomes the latest victim.
- Family Guy: In "PTV", Lois initially approves of the FCC censoring real-life until she realizes that she can't have sex with Peter under their guidelines.
- Futurama: In "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV", Bender doesn't mind that his TV show is influencing children to rob people until he finds out that some kids have robbed him, and he promptly joins a campaign to cancel his own show.
- Robot Chicken: In a series of sketches spoofing the early years of World War II, Li'l Hitler takes over the desks of his classmates, and the American kid doesn't mind until the Japanese kid knocks over his milk.
American Kid: Pssh, it's not my problem. [Japanese kid pushes over his milk and then walks away] Now it's my problem.
- The Simpsons
- In "Homer Alone", Homer watches a news story of an "overworked and underappreciated housewife" who parked her car on a bridge. He doesn't care and even mocks said wife, until he finds out that it's actually his wife. "D'oh!"
- In "The Book Job", after Homer and company's teen lit novel gets meddled beyond all recognition and they plan to change it back, Bart reminds them that they were Only in It for the Money. He only joins them when Skinner tells him how one of his contributions got altered.
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