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Fridge Brilliance

  • This is mostly in the script and cut from the movie. Danny is an impressionable kid who follows Derek's lead. Henry, the black kid who Danny has a conflict with at school, was pressured into it by his big brother (who he seems to idolize). He's in the exact same position as Danny.
  • Murray being revealed as Jewish adds a new layer to his reaction to Danny's Mein Kampf essay at the beginning of the movie.

Fridge Horror

  • The entire cycle of hatred and violence in Derek's life was started when his hardworking albeit bigoted father was murdered by a black man while doing his job. Looking at the circumstances of Danny's death, what's stopping Derek from snapping right back into the mindset that made him such a notorious monster in the first place? It puts a whole new spin on Sweeney's question of "Has anything you've done made your life better?"
    • Danny shouldn't have died. It should've just ended with a Happy Ending with Derek and Danny turning over a new leaf, renouncing bigotry, and working to fight bigotry. The canon ending ruins the whole story and inadvertently reaffirms bigotry as the Misaimed Fandom can attest. Yes, Virginia; You can start a new life, you can break the cycle, there is redemption, there is hope.

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