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Buster: Well, I hope the kids got the message.
Plucky: Yeah, drinkin's uncool.
Buster: So, do we get to do a funny episode tomorrow?
Hamton: I hope so!
One Beer, Tiny Toon Adventures

On works

"A good example is the best sermon."
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

"Mailer is forever shouting at us that he is about to tell us something we must know or has just told us something revelatory and we failed to hear him or that he will, God grant his poor abused brain and body just one more chance, get through to us so that we will know."
Gore Vidal, "Norman Mailer: The Angels Are White"

"This story, alas, seems to have a moral, and, in fact, ends by pounding that moral over the reader's head. That is bad. Straightforward preaching spoils the effectiveness of a story. If you can't resist the impulse to improve your fellow human beings, do it subtly."

"A story forced to carry a message will get heavy and die."
Shannon Hale

"Where someone like Harlan Ellison might use the scalpel or the cleaver, Rall can be counted on to reach for the chainsaw every time."
Rational Wiki on Ted Rall

David: I’d just like to say this: exactly why does anyone in the world have a gigantic neon sign in their bedroom that says “HELLO THERE” in asymmetrical letterforms? Other than for a totally hacky wreck-the-apartment scene where she can smash the O and T so it can say “HELL HERE.” You’re so damn clever, Tim Burton.
Chris: Well how else do you signal a dramatic change in personality? Other than spraypainting your cat shirts, of course.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman Returns

"Together, they'll learn: 'Military = BAD. Trees = GOOD.'"

"Don’t know what straw dogs are? Well don’t worry, because we will literally have the characters sit down and discuss the symbolism of it for three minutes. I’m almost shocked there weren’t flashing words on the screen going “Important Theme!!!! Pay Attention!!!” We also learn David is writing a screenplay about Stalingrad. Don’t get the parallel? Don’t worry, we will have a long scene where David explains very thoroughly to the rednecks the importance of the story."

"There’s always a message, rarely a storyline."
Matthew Paul Taylor on Left Behind

Rod: Man, that was a good movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
Rick: That is it! I'm getting myself a car that's environmentally friendly!
Obscurus Lupa: (watching) I feel like this movie has some sort of message it's trying to tell us.

"Mr. Shatner shows us the word PARADISE inscribed in the entranceway arch, where someone has painted the word LOST. Wow, that’s really extra-meaningful. It’s almost as if they’re saying that calling something “paradise” doesn’t actually make it so—in fact, it might even become the very opposite of that! What rich irony, indeed."

"It's common for aliens in the Trek universe to be metaphors created to address contemporary political or cultural issues, but in the case of the Kohms and Yangs subtlety was set on fire, strapped to a dump truck full of dynamite and rolled off a cliff."
Cracked on Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Omega Glory"

"Janeway is always banging on about Voyager being their family/home but I often find that actions speak louder than words, and this was the first time since Basics when the ship was torn from her that I felt she had a connection with it. It's almost as poignant as the moment Sisko takes one last look around the Defiant before it is torn to shreds in The Changing Face of Evil. Unfortunately, showing this act isn’t enough and before the episode is over Janeway is explaining to the audience that the ship is the home which has sheltered their family — argh! Trust your audience to see these things, Braga, don’t hammer the point home with a sledgehammer."
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "Year of Hell"

"Okay guys, I get it. The hyperbole is a good way to get people's attention, but you don't think that just maybe referring to Africa as a famine-ravaged wasteland and consigning an entire continent to 'chimes of doom' might be a bit patronizing?"
The Nostalgia Chick on "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?"

"I still think Deee-lite had it in them to go a little longer, but then that second album happened... they got a lot less De-Gorgeous and a lot more De-Preachy. If you were around in 1992, would you want to hear the group that did 'Groove is in the Heart' sing about the ozone layer, safe sex, and the importance of registering to vote? And this isn't just a 'Rock the Vote' number for the record, this is a full song on the album! The one about safe sex is even worse."
Todd in the Shadows, "One Hit Wonderland" ("Groove Is in the Heart")

"When living Crank Yankers puppet Nicki Minaj released the video for her song 'Only' last Friday, a video that looks sort of like Springtime for Hitler crossed with Homestar Runner, she probably didn’t anticipate that it would cause any where near as many pearls to be clutched than her George of the Jungle late-night phone sex ad video for 'Anaconda' did. After all, 'Only' doesn’t feature a single butt! Okay fine, there was one ass (Chris Brown).

Except I guess Nicki forgot to realize that 'Only' looked like something made in Adobe Flash by Derek Vinyard in his mom’s basement, and people were not having it. Even the dumbest kid in your high school history class was like '
But where’s the dude with the Charlie Chaplin mustache who yells a lot?'"
DListed, "Nicki Minaj Is Sorry For That Nazi-ish Music Video"

[Zoom in on smiley face balloon as main characters' souls are taken]
Crow: Oh sure, just shove the irony in our faces, why don't you!

BEN arrives at LIFE and walks past the LIFE MOTTO which is:
LIFE MOTTO: To see the world, Things dangerous to come to, To see behind walls, Draw closer, To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
The MOTTO is inscribed on a GIANT 30,000-TON ANVIL which then TOPPLES OVER and CRUSHES THE AUDIENCE. The FILM continues on, its dim light impassively flickering over the ENORMOUS SMEAR OF GOO that was once dozens of innocent people.

Then Hope pulled out a convenient megaphone. “THE JOKE IS THAT THE REBOOT SUCKS!” she said. “DO YOU GET IT NOW, EVERYONE?! DO YOU GET IT?!”