Said villains, by the way, introduce themselves as being a gang of wealthy preppies who derive both pleasure and a sense of patriotic pride from slaughtering the poor. And this is where The Purge goes Off the Rails. Folks, explicit, heavy-handed political message-mongering is not necessarily bad storytelling. Hell, my favourite movie is Robocop, and Robocop is about as subtle as a baseball bat to the face. As the saying goes, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, class is a reliable source of solid drama and the idea that sweeping, showpiece anti-crime measures like the Purge do tend to disproportionately harm the lower classes while shielding or even benefiting the wealthy shouldn't be news to anyone at this point. But having your main villain basically walk up to the camera and say, "Hello! I'm a walking metaphor for the predatory nature of class-disparity that inevitably results from unfettered capitalism and the consolidation of personal wealth!" is just lazy, bad, stupid writing and film-making. The only way it could be less subtle is if the bad guy took off his mask and turned out to actually just be Mitt Romney!
A male character on the show has sex with a transgender character without her revealing her former-gender (extremely unlikely, IMHO, despite the fact that it's one of Hollywood's most popular transgender storylines), and when he finds out, he spews vomit for thirty seconds, then freaks out while another character compares the transgender person to a sex offender? And MacFarlane thinks the transsexual community will be "very, very happy" and that this is the most sympathetic television portrayal of such a character ever?
In the end it seems like Julian Assange is like PETA. Even if you agree with what he's doing, you kind of hate him.
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
—George Orwell, socialist
I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone'.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with bad arguments.
I can see myself giving a positive review to something I enjoyed but professed beliefs I didnít agree with, but I cannot imagine myself giving a thumbs-up to a piece of shit whose opinions I supported.
Michael Moore is such a divisive figure that even people who subscribe to his political beliefs frequently hate his guts. I am one of those people. I believe in just about everything Moore says, and find everything about him insufferable.
Please don't align yourself with me.
—Detective Amy Santiago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bill Maher will tell a joke that I laugh at, while making a point I completely agree with, and I'll think "I want to fucking throttle you."