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 people! If there isn't a movie about it, it's not worth knowing, is it?!"
— Metatron, Dogma
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.
"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?"
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. On the one hand this is moronic, but it does indicate the degree to which the story is animated by the idea that the Doctor is a Time Lord. But this is, predictably, interpreted in the most literal-minded way ever.
"They pass an airplane where someone on it says that they just saw a UFO. 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
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.
"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
(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!
"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."
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
"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!"
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?
Anonymous: I love hearing these complaints about Tutorials. Because they're all the same. "OH MY GOD!!! WHY'RE THEY TELLING ME TO PRESS AN 'A' BUTTON?! I've played games for 20 years!" Because, yeah, EVERYONE who buys a game has been playing for 20 years like you have. If you want game devs and publishers to stop treating you like morons, then stop proving them right when you bitch about the pettiest of things.
"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
"There's Suspension Of Disbelief and then there's insulting my fucking intelligence."
— Spoony on the Wing Commmander movie
—Don't theorize, accessorize!
—From an early ad for Bratz dolls.
—"..I know you hate tutorials. Except that developers and publishers are run by people who suffered a gracious head injury. As a result, they do not have their psychic abilities and can tell you're a 20 year veteran who knows how gaming work, or that you actually read the manual."
—Post on deviantART.
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 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!"