Deliberately Missing The Point


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Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The person missing the point may be doing so for a number of reasons:

  • They are trying to avoid admitting something
  • They think the point is invalid
  • They think the person making the point is missing the real point.
  • They are trying to annoy the other person and/or making a joke.

No Real Life Examples, Please!

Examples

Newspaper Comics
  • In For Better or for Worse, Elly is complaining that Elizabeth is going to friends, not family, to confide. Her friend points out Elly is doing the exact same thing, and Elly responds "that's different", though she clearly knows that her friend has a point.

Film
  • In Horrible Bosses, Nick deliberately pretends not to get Kurt's Lampshaded Double Entendre during one of their break-ins, presumably out of annoyance.
  • In This Is Spinal Tap, the famous up to eleven discussion.
  • In Theres Something About Mary, the 7-minute-abs talk:
    Hitchhiker: You heard of this thing, the 8-Minute Abs?
    Ted: Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the excercise video.
    Hitchhiker: Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 7... Minute... Abs.
    Ted: That's - that's good. That's good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with 6-Minute Abs. Then you're in trouble, huh?
    Hitchhiker: No! No, no, not 6! I said 7. Nobody's comin' up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes? You won't even get your heart goin, not even a mouse on a wheel.

Live-Action Television
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" Uncle Phil tries to get Will's dad to live up to his promise of taking Will on the road. All Will's dad will do is agree that Uncle Phil is a better man than he is, and refuses to take his son on the road with him, breaking Will's heart.
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