You goin' over niggas' heads Lu (Dumb it down)
They tellin' me that they don't feel you (Dumb it down)
We ain't graduate from school nigga (Dumb it down)
Them big words ain't cool nigga (Dumb it down)
Yeah I heard Mean And Vicious nigga (Dumb it down)
Make a song for the bitches nigga (Dumb it down)
We don't care about the weather nigga (Dumb it down)
You'll sell more records if you (Dumb it down)
— Lupe Fiasco, Dumb it Down
“Give the People what they want
And they'll get what they deserve”
Russell: Kids can spot phonies, they're very smart.
Noah Vanderhoff: Kids know dick. I watch 'em in my arcades. They stand there like rats hittin' the feeder bar to get a food pellet. As long as they keep pumpin' in the quarters who gives a shit, right?
"You people! If there isn't a movie about it, it's not worth knowing, is it?!"
— Metatron, Dogma
God: You people! This isn't new stuff! It's written in books, scrolls, stone tablets! What do you want me to do, scribble it down on a bar napkin for you?
Bob: Would you? Because that would really help!
—Don't theorize, accessorize!
—From an early ad for Bratz dolls.
Fry: Married? Jenny can't get married.
Leela: Why not? It's clever, it's unexpected.
Fry: But that's not why people watch TV. Clever things make people feel stupid, and unexpected things make them feel scared.
Myra: Will people know who Rudyard Kipling is?
Myra: Are you sure?
Beverly: Do you know who he is?
Myra: ...The writer guy?
Beverly: There you go! See? People aren't as stupid as you might think!
"You kids don't know what you want! That's why you're still kids — 'cause you're stupid!"
— The Simpsons, "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochy Show"
"Why are we even going after this idiot demographic?"
"Hello, I'm Miss Sensorshep, Head of Censorship! You see, the working theory is that most people are stupid, and therefore incapable of figuring out what's being covered up and bleeped, and therefore cannot be harmed by their evils!"
(Haruhi finds Renge crying)
Haruhi: Why are you crying?
Renge: Ouran: The Vaguely Abridged Series fans are idiots!
Haruhi: That's pretty much required for enjoying it, you know!
"In any case, we felt *action* should be emphasized over *plot* — especially avoiding any complicated story line — to ensure the success of this series with its intended viewers."
"Gotta love April Fools Day. Not that that's going to stop any of you from e-mailing me about this comic thinking it's real."
"There's a sucker born every minute."
— Not P.T. Barnum
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
"The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity."
Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters
"You know why my show is good? Because the network officials say you're not smart enough to get what I'm doing, and every day I fight for you. I tell them how smart you are. Turns out, I was wrong. You people are stupid."
—Dave Chappelle after being drowned out at a stand-up show by the audience screaming "I'm Rick James, bitch!"
"People aren't as stupid as you think, they're even stupider."
—Stig 'Stikkan' Anderson, Former manager of ABBA
"I remember hearing that you have to dumb down material to meet the audience, which I thought was one of the more offensive things I ever heard. That's ludicrous. I mean, give us all the benefit of the doubt, if nothing else, but certainly give us some credit for being intelligent beings."
— Richard Dean Anderson on a Stargate SG-1 DVD featurette
"Y'see, the average human IQ is 100, so if you want your film to make money, you've gotta aim for 'average.' Just look at the top box office films of all time, and then consider suicide. It's the reason a high-quality film like Hugo earned nearly ten times less than a movie like Shrek 2.''
Yahtzee: There was an artistry to the other one. There was much more determination to the actions in the 2-D animation. Once you were in an animation you were committed to it, is my point. But in this one, you can just faff, fluff, flap about in and out of animations as you please. I think that's the essence of it: It's 'cause they're bending over backwards to be accessible to even the most ten-thumbed of player.
Gabriel: Grotesque, gibbous little fucking modern shits?
"It could be that the average Joe Scumfuck is now tech-literate enough that we no longer need a Baby's First Console to slowly and patiently introduce to the dumb-dumbs all the wonders of the magic glowing box."
"The first clue is the hilarious profusion of clocks inside the TARDIS. Part of this is a matter of packing in the “he’s British!” signifiers, which, in American, means having him wear a frock coat and be old-fashioned, so lots of clocks and candles in the TARDIS. But it also is the most crassly literal-minded interpretation of “Time Lord” imaginable. The Doctor has a TARDIS full of clocks to demonstrate that he’s a Time Lord, and for no other reason."
Inexplicably, this movie performed well in Europe. Well, actually it can be explained. Europe got the original cut. American children, who movie studios traditionally believe are one step up the evolutionary ladder from drunken orangutans, were believed to be unable to handle this movie in its original format, so it was redubbed by American actors and fart jokes that weren't funny were added in. See, because in America, all anyone understands is farting and the nuanced humor of Larry The Cable Guy. It's why Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, because studios are convinced you're one retarded spasm away from flopping into a river and drowning because the mittens pinned to your coat caught on a log at all times.
"It’s hard to imagine now, but twenty years ago, Jay’s monologues were... not “funny”, exactly, but certainly tolerable by late night standards. His jokes were definitely sharper and more topical than those of Johnny Carson, who had been phoning it in for years as a man with no real competition left. [...] Somewhere in the intervening years, Leno had started phoning it in just as badly as Carson, doing embarrassingly awful, hacky material. And yet somehow, he became the highest rated late night host and stayed that way until the bitter end. And I know a lot of people reading this think that Jay was only popular with senior citizens who don’t understand how to work the remote control well enough to change the channel, but the fact is, Jay not only had the most total viewers, he was also consistently beating other talk shows in the coveted younger demographics. It’s a bitter pill for some to swallow, but there really is a whole other America out there that they know nothing about, made up of people who watch Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Teen Mom, who think of Fox News as a legitimate source of news, and who love Jay Leno."
"The comic decides to inform us that a UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object. And y'know, I do think they did need that, since the only people who would enjoy this comic have a brain about the size of a seamonkey."
— Linkara, in his review of Adventures of the Kool-Aid Man #1
"Because movie viewers are stupid and can't deduce success or failure based on what's been shown onscreen, we have Molly dictate from the sidelines whether or not Nomi is succeeding."
There was a cynical chuckle I heard when Synecdoche, New York ended. A chuckle I am familiar with due to my frequent trips to the theaters. It was a chuckle as if to say “What did I get into? Boy that Charlie Kaufman is a goofball! This movie was so terrible and confusing, I missed out on NASCAR and my Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs for this. You dragged me to see this art house crap? I never passed the third grade.”
Yup, that chuckle said all that.
"There's Suspension Of Disbelief and then there's insulting my fucking intelligence."
— Noah Antwiler on the Wing Commmander movie