Awesome: Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
- "Eat This!":
Penn: A very small percentage of the world's population is fortunate enough to have the luxury of turning down food. The rest of the world spends most of its time trying to get any food. Y'know why? Technological problems. They got dirt, they got water, they got sun. They lack the technical ability to till and enrich the soil; they lack the machines to plant enough to feed their families; they lack the hybrid plants that produce more food per acre. We need to spread all the technology we can, so that all people everywhere can deal with the problem of Too Much Food. We can't start getting picky because we've got enough food; that's just self-centered and racist! Unless you and yours are starving, you need to Shut! The Fuck! Up!
- Norman Fuckin' Borlaug, or, as Penn calls him: 'The Single Greatest Human Being on Earth'. To put it simply, Norman Borlaug is a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist responsible for saving potential billions of lives by creating and introducing hardier food crops to starving third-world regions.
- The Conclusion:
- In the "Safety Hysteria" episode, armed cops are shown via security camera footage storming a high school in North Carolina looking for drugs, Penn blows his fuse at an armed cop (with a rather unfortunate haircut, which he initially promised not to make fun of) for pointing a gun at a child and having the audacity to say that guns were "drawn at a low-ready position."
Penn: Low-ready, my achin' ass! Here you are, holding a gun at a kid's head! We were wrong, we are gonna make a comment about his hair. If it weren't for your stupid, fuckin' lame-ass haircut, we wouldn't be able to tell it was your lame ass pointing a gun at an unarmed, just-at-fucking-school-because-you-require it, AMERICAN KID!
- They also slam the principal while continuing to slam the officer for condoning this treatment of the students, saying the lesson learned was not to be intimidated out of drugs but what happens when THESE. MEN. get a little bit of power, and that schools should keep the students safe from uniformed government needle dicked employees who throw children to the ground and point firearms at their heads.
- In a moment of Fridge Brilliance Penn doing the whole of the "Profanity" episode with (modern day) swearing replaced with antiquated curse words and euphemisms, and even calling the show "Humbug!"
- As anti-religious as the show is, they somehow got a priest on their side in Death Inc.
- As someone who has autism, this troper was particularly taken with Penn & Teller laying out the truth behind the correlation between autism and the vaccines.
Penn: "In the 1920s, before the diphtheria vaccination was common, there were thirteen to fifteen thousand deaths a year from that disease. If you got it, your chances of dying were about 40%. In 1952, just before the Salk vaccine became common, there were about 58,000 cases of polio. If you got unlucky, you might end up permanently disabled or dead. Meningitis, hepatitis A and B, flu, mumps, whooping cough, pneumonia, rotavirus, rubella, smallpox, tetanus, chicken pox! [...] We have vaccinations against all of these. Which side do you want your child to stay on? So even if vaccination did cause autism, WHICH IT FUCKING DOESN'T, anti-vaccination would still be bullshit."
- The entire Violent Video Games episode. It really puts Jack Thompson in his place by demonstrating the flaws and deconstructing fantasy vs reality through broader interviews, theoretical alternatives, and an actual demonstration of how a kid would really shoot a gun based off of video game experience.
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