[[folder:film - live action]]

->''"Listen. The yucks who look at television don't know the difference between Creator/ErnestHemingway and Huntz Hall. What do they care about important writers? What they want is shows where [[{{Slapstick}} one guy kicks another guy in the belly]] while a dame leans over 'em with [[MaleGaze her cakes falling out of her negligee]]. Or domestic comedies where the whole family gets together to screw gruff old Dad. Or quiz shows where [[Series/TwentyOne people get put in isolation booths]] and develop coronary occlusion before your very eyes ... Important writers! Remember when {{NBC}} tried to beef up their Sunday nights with important writers? Plays by Robert Sherwood--Thornton Wilder--Ferenc Molnar. Important enough for you? ... So what happened? I'll tell you what: forty million people nearly broke off their dials turning back to Ed Sullivan to watch a dog fart 'The Star-Spangled Banner!'"''
-->--'''Oscar Hoffa''', ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys''

->'''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''', ''Film/{{Dogma}}''



->'''I asked Mr Vann which [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem O levels]] you need to write [[SitCom situation comedy]] for television. Mr Vann said you don't need qualifications at all, you just need to be a moron."''
-->-- ''The Secret Diary of Literature/AdrianMole Aged 13¾''


[[folder:live-action tv]]

->'''[[ExecutiveMeddling Myra:]]''' Will people know who Creator/RudyardKipling is?\\
'''Sean/Beverly:''' ''Yes''.\\
'''Myra:''' Are you sure?\\
'''Beverly:''' Do ''you'' know who he is?\\
'''Myra:''' ...The writer guy?\\
'''Beverly:''' There you go! [[StealthInsult See? People aren't as stupid as you might think!]]
-->-- ''Series/{{Episodes}}''

->''"Why are we even going after this idiot demographic?"''
-->-- ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}''



->''You goin' over niggas' heads [[LupeFiasco 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)''
-->-- '''Music/LupeFiasco''', ''Dumb it Down''

->''Give the People what they want\\
And they'll get what they deserve''
-->-- '''Music/TheKinks'''



->'''Jay:''' There's this line from Yaphat Kotto where he says, "ASH WAS A GODDAMN ANDROID!" He says it offscreen; it's ADR'ed. And that's the studio saying, "We need to explain what this milk man is. They're not gonna get that [[RoboticReveal he's a robot.]]"\\
'''Mike:''' "They're gonna think he's just filled with cum."\\
'''Rich:''' "He's not an android, he was just very gay. Very, ''very'' gay."
-->--''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'' riffs ''{{Film/Alien}}'' (1979)


[[folder:web animation]]

->''"I found that the greatest danger was overthinking things. [='=][[AC:what is the most relevant fact?]][='=] the game might ask, listing everything we have established from [[SherlockScan blundering around the given scene]]. 'Hmm' thinks I, 'well, perhaps the fact that the victim was killed with their own gun, indicating that the perpetrator probably hadn’t premeditated the crime. That seems like the biggest lead at present. Was that what I was supposed to click on?'"''\\\
''"No, lose a point...the most relevant fact in the murder case was the fact that [='=][[AC:[[ShapedLikeItself somebody got murdered]] ]][='=], which I thought had only been put on the list for completeness’ sake! The game does shit like this quite a few times. Have you had any ambition to challenge us with actual deductive puzzles? or are you just content to poke us every twenty minutes so we don’t fall asleep?"''
-->--'''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' on ''MurderedSoulSuspect''

->''(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!
-->-- ''WebVideo/OuranTheVaguelyAbridgedSeries''[[note]]after fans praised/lamented the series' end after watching the second-to-last episode.[[/note]]


[[folder:web original]]

->''"The more substance and talking points you have in a show, the less attention you'll pay to the commercial break. Your mind would be too busy digesting and pondering the new information that was just received. U.S. media just can't have that. That would be a bullet in the heart of consumerism, capitalism, and the American Dream."''
-->--'''[[http://www.acidlogic.com/im_billhicks.htm Cody Wayne]]''', "Interesting Motherfuckers: Creator/BillHicks"

->''"The 'wealth gap' we often hear about is equaled by the 'intelligence gap' that is kept secret...Instead of creating better ads, you destroy the type of thinking that resists ads. Instead of creating superior products, you emotionally cripple people to the point where they feel secretly desperate to buy your product simply in order to feel normal and accepted by society."''
-->--'''[[http://metagearsolid.org/2011/07/video-games-in-the-master-plan/ Terry Wolfe]]'''

->''"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."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers [[http://tfarchive.com/cartoons/bible/#154 series bible]]''

->'''Creator/DaneCook:''' Why do they call bananas bananas? Shouldn't they be called [=FUN=]anas because they're fun and they're full of deliciousness? Isn't that like the point of eating a banana? Well that's why I eat a banana now STEP OFF!\\
'''Retarded audience:''' HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! That Dane Cook.....

->''"The [[ThisIsGonnaSuck 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 [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman wear a frock coat and be old-fashioned]], so lots of clocks and candles in the TARDIS. But it also is the most crassly [[LiteralMinded 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."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2012/12/clinging-to-skin-of-this-tiny-little.html Dr. Phil Sandifer]]''', "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie}} The TV Movie]]"

->''"Cut back to the (sigh) vampire chicks drinking it up and talking about how wonderful they all are... Buffy, just for fun, smacks Lana across the room and down the stairs, killing her. That's a KO. She comes back from the dead, of course, amazingly happy that she'll live forever. Such extrapolation, I mean, I'm serious. [[CaptainObvious No one would have known vampires live forever]] without that extrapolating dialogue."''
-->-- '''Neal Bailey''' [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville5-ep05 on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ("Thirst")

->''"Why do the writers feel the need to point out that this episode is about Neelix by him suddenly becoming flavour of the month in the pre-credits sequence? It's like they don’t trust us to think that he is invaluable without showing us. Seriously, [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything every bugger and his dog needs him for something]] in the opening five minutes! It would a far better jolt to the system had he fallen ill in the course of a normal episode. If you treat the audience like idiots you get an idiotic audience."''
-->--'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/voyager-season-four.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Mortal Coil"

->''"See, because in America, all anyone understands is [[ToiletHumor farting]] and the nuanced humor of Creator/LarryTheCableGuy. It's why ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' 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 [[TooDumbToLive the mittens pinned to your coat caught on a log]] at all times."''
-->-- '''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-kids-movies-clearly-made-by-people-who-hate-children/#ixzz2cMBQdcAJ 6 Kid's Movies Clearly Made by People Who Hate Children]]"

->''"Our story begins in the near future of 2017, during the Second American Civil War, which we know because the producers are kind enough to give us an opening crawl... We’re also told that Steel Harbor is 'the last Free City,' whatever the hell that means. Incidentally, in case you wandered in late, Barb Wire herself will give us [[ViewersAreGoldfish this exact same information]] after the opening sequence. Can’t decide whether to do a crawl or have your main character do a voiceover? Do both!"''
-->--'''Chris Sims''' and '''Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/barb-wire-pamela-anderson-movie-review-part-1/ on]] ''Film/BarbWire''

->''"A handy subtitle tells us that this is [='=]''Jamaica, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Caribbean]] -- 1668.''[='=] Wow. Gee, thanks. I would have never guessed which Jamaica this is without the clue. Being a pirate movie and all, maybe it's set in the Jamaica found in the Mediterranean or Jamaica, Sea of Japan. [[CausticCritic I'm just in a bad mood.]]"''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]''' [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/cutthroat-island/ on]] ''Film/CutthroatIsland''

->''"There was a cynical chuckle I heard when ''Film/SynecdocheNewYork'' 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 Creator/CharlieKaufman is a goofball! This movie was so terrible and confusing, I missed out on [[GoodOlBoy NASCAR]] and my ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' 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."''
-->-- '''[[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/synecdoche-new-york-2008-charlie-kaufman/ Miles Antwiler]]'''

->''"Remember how in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Sons of Liberty]]'' Raiden was supposed to represent the player? It's no unforseen accident that he became unpopular. [[Creator/HideoKojima Kojima]] wanted to leave the series on a question mark, forcing players to examine and re-examine the game from every angle, until they found the deeper messages hidden between the lines. But, unfortunately for him, he overestimated the intelligence of his fanbase... This is where Raiden's transformation becomes iconic. Instead of listening to the advice of Snake, Raiden continued to allow his past to haunt him and determine his future. He [[AesopAmnesia didn't take a new name, start over, or see Rose for what she was.]] Likewise, players refused to give ''[=MGS2=]'' a second chance and find the deeper meanings; in this sense, Raiden [[StrawFan still represents the player]]... Seeing that his preaching was in vain, Kojima gave up on enlightening the players (like Snake [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids gave up on Philanthropy]],) and simply let Raiden become [[TestosteronePoisoning a badass killing machine with a big manly dick]]. Awesome!"''
-->--[[http://www.metagearsolid.org/reports_mgs4_soldout_4.html "Metal Gear Soldout"]]

->''"The car now re-entered the main hall, but to [[spoiler:Sarah’s]] surprise the decor had changed. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Gone were the gothic furnishings of the haunted house, and in their place was a glitzy high school prom.]] Davina[[spoiler: and Neve]] were nowhere to be seen, but standing in the centre of the stage were a young couple, smiling and waving ecstatically to the audience. The guy was sporting a flashy suit and an outdated perm, while the girl had straight sandy hair and a billowing white dress. “Literature/{{Carrie}}”, whispered [[spoiler:Sarah]] to herself."''
-->--''[[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/dhp-episode-2-horror-actresses-halloween-special-the-result/ Davina's House Party, Episode 2]]''

->''"Also, if you are really afraid your audience is too dumb to know that a politician screwing the disabled is probably doing it economically--and not literally feeding them to wild animals--then go ahead label the wolves "economic adversity." But dear god,'' why do you have to label them "wolves"?"
-->-- '''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18680_political-cartoons-lowest-form-communication.html Political Cartoons: The Lowest Form of Communication]]"

[[folder:web video]]

->'''Director Stuart Baird''': So Picard's clone is just like him, then?\\
'''Producer Rick Berman:''' Naw, that's [[FleetingDemographicRule been done too much]].\\
'''Baird:''' So he's ''younger'', then?\\
'''Berman:''' ''(barely awake)'' Yeah.\\
'''Baird:''' But he's got to be bald. Because if he's not bald, then the audience -- even if we tell them -- still won't understand the he's Picard's clone, 'cause Picard is ''the bald Captain.'' If he's not bald then no one will understand what happ--\\
'''Berman:''' OK, OK! He's bald.
-->--[[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Harry S. Plinkett]] on ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Star Trek X: The Wrath of Shinzon]]''

->''"Good thing this can of spay paint turned into a [[AC:'Small Objects']] when I picked it up. I'd hate to actually think for ''myself'' about whether a spray can of paint was small."''
-->--'''George Weidman''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdJhP9UWcE on]] ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}''

->'''Gabriel:''' Marketers are mostly idiots.\\
'''[[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]]:''' Welllll... you ''say'' that, but people are also idiots, so marketers know what they're talking about. Send a thief to catch a thief.
-->--''LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' (Megadrive)

->''"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."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''', in his review of ''Adventures of the Kool-Aid Man'' #1


[[folder:western animation]]

->'''God:''' You people! This isn't new stuff! It's written in [[AsTheGoodBookSays 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'' '''Franchise/{{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.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

->You kids don't know what you want! That's why you're still kids -- ''' 'cause you're stupid!'''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochy Show"


[[folder:real life]]

->''"It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences."''

->''"There's a sucker born every minute."''
-->-- '''[[BeamMeUpScotty Not]] P.T. Barnum'''

->''"All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler''' telling it like it is, ''Literature/MeinKampf''

->''"Yes, in those days plays were literally ''melo''-dramas; dramas with musical accompaniment somewhat on the order of the Warner Bros. movie music of the day which drove Creator/BetteDavis wild... halfway up the stairs Bette stopped and turned to fix the director, Irving Rapper, with [[DeathGlare her famed steely gaze]]. "Now tell me, Irving, before I waste any more time on acting, who is going up these stairs to die, [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn me or Max Steiner?]]" Like most of the great actresses she hated the schmaltzy movie music that was added later by some director-editor in order to nudge--[[{{Anvilicious}} shove]]--the audience into sobs or laughter."''
-->--'''Creator/GoreVidal''' on the making of ''Film/DarkVictory'', ''Point to Point Navigation''

->''"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."''
-->-- '''[[WordOfGod Duke]]''', regarding one strip of ''AnsemRetort''

->''"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."''
-->--'''Creator/DaveChappelle''' 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 ''Music/{{ABBA}}''

->''"Their stupidity does not amaze me, its when they're smart that amazes me. It's baffling whenever you find someone who's smart; incredible. Soon you'll have zoos for such things."''
-->--'''Music/FrankZappa''', 1984 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpcvJiZUbzI interview]]

->''"I've already got your money, dude."''
-->--'''Creator/CharlieSheen''' to a heckler, ''Torpedo of Truth'' comedy tour

->''"We had so many smart fans that bought into it hook, like and sinker...That's the beauty of it. Whenever anyone tells me they're a {{smart mark}}, I say, "Yeah, but the key word there, still, is that you're a '''mark.'''""''
-->--'''Wrestling/ShaneDouglas''', ''Forever Hardcore: The Documentary''

->''"The main characters in ''Film/ReadyToRumble'', a mainstream movie about wrestlers that supposedly catered to wrestling fans, were portrayed as [[StrawFan the dumbest human beings walking the planet]]. Advertisers shied away from buying time on wrestling shows because they believed wrestling fans were dumber and poorer than the average buyer."''
-->--'''R. D. Reynolds''' and '''Bryan Alvarez''', ''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW''