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YMMV: American History X
  • Award Snub: Edward Norton losing the Best Actor Oscar to Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful is widely seen as this.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Seth's white supremacist rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The lyrics are hateful and racist, but Seth's exuberance while singing makes it uncomfortably amusing.
    • Even worse, that's an actual song by Johnny Rebel.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Cameron's joke to Derek at the party.
    Cameron: Come on, you don't have to watch your ass in here.
  • Jerkass Has a Point : Derek is a violent racist but an intelligent one. It's hard to argue his point about the Rodney King case, in that the video was cleverly edited not to show the high speed chase or King's impaired driving. Likewise, both Derek and Dennis' points reflect a common working class mentality toward the poor—for this reason, they are more sympathetic as sides of an issue than simple political Strawmen.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In spite of the film's anti-racist message, it still has a large number of Neo-Nazi fans due to the fact that Derek is strong, charismatic, and a natural leader. See Do Not Do This Cool Thing.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Derek shooting at the armed assailants intruding on his home is defensible as defense of home, but when he kills one of them after he seriously wounded him is sailing over the line.
  • Signature Scene: The curb scene. If the name of the movie doesn't ring any bells to someone, it will after you remind them of this scene.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: There is still a shockingly high number of Neo-Nazis both in California and Tony Kaye's native England. There's no other way to say it, either; racism is a pointlessly destructive thing.
  • Squick: Derek curb-stomping the black guy to death.

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