* AwardSnub: Edward Norton losing the Best Actor Oscar to Roberto Benigni for ''LifeIsBeautiful'' is widely seen as this.
* BrokenAesop: In a clearly unintended, but quite tragically ironic way, the very ending ([[spoiler: Danny, reformed under Derek's influence and ready to renounce racism, being shot by a black gangbanger]]) can come across as this. While the message of the film is intended to be "Racism is wrong as there are good and bad individuals of every race and racial prejudice only perpetuates violence", those last minutes can almost make it seem as if the message were "Be nice to the minorities, [[{{UnfortunateImplications}} otherwise they'll just kill you for no reason]]", in what jarringly feels like an invalidation of the entire movie's point.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Seth's white supremacist rendition of ''The Battle Hymn of the Republic.'' The lyrics are hateful and racist, but Seth's exuberance while singing makes it uncomfortably amusing.
** Even worse, that's an actual song by Johnny Rebel.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The film's message is "racism is bad", but the contrast between the generally charismatic Nazis and the villainous black gangs, along with some general MisaimedFandom tendencies among certain audiences, means that the film is actually quite popular in certain white supremacist circles.
* HarsherInHindsight: Cameron's joke to Derek at the party.
--> '''Cameron:''' Come on, you don't have to [[PrisonRape watch your ass]] in here.
* JerkassWoobie: Davina Vinyard.
** Derek himself. He turned into a vicious thug, but that was only after his father was killed putting out a fire.
* MisaimedFandom: In spite of the film's anti-racist message, it still has a large number of Neo-Nazi fans due to the fact that Derek is strong, charismatic, and a natural leader. See DoNotDoThisCoolThing.
* MoralEventHorizon: Derek shooting at the armed assailants intruding on his home is defensible as defense of home, but when he kills one of them after he seriously wounded him is sailing over the line.
* SignatureScene: The curb scene. If the name of the movie doesn't ring any bells to someone, it will after you remind them of this scene.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: There is still a shockingly high number of Neo-Nazis both in California and Tony Kaye's native England. There's no other way to say it, either; racism is a pointlessly destructive thing no matter who its perpetrators or targets are.
* {{Squick}}: Derek curb-stomping the black guy to death.
* ValuesResonance: With stories of police brutality coming out everyday, this movie is even more relevant in the dialogue on racism.
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