Said villains, by the way, introduce themselves as being a gang of wealthy preppies who derive both pleasure and a sense of patriotic pride from slaughtering the poor. And this is where The Purge goes Off the Rails. Folks, explicit, heavy-handed political message-mongering is not necessarily bad storytelling. Hell, my favourite movie is Robocop, and Robocop is about as subtle as a baseball bat to the face. As the saying goes, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, class is a reliable source of solid drama and the idea that sweeping, showpiece anti-crime measures like the Purge do tend to disproportionately harm the lower classes while shielding or even benefiting the wealthy shouldn't be news to anyone at this point. But having your main villain basically walk up to the camera and say, "Hello! I'm a walking metaphor for the predatory nature of class-disparity that inevitably results from unfettered capitalism and the consolidation of personal wealth!" is just lazy, bad, stupid writing and film-making. The only way it could be less subtle is if the bad guy took off his mask and turned out to actually just be Mitt Romney!
A male character on the show has sex with a transgender character without her revealing her former-gender (extremely unlikely, IMHO, despite the fact that it's one of Hollywood's most popular transgender storylines), and when he finds out, he spews vomit for thirty seconds, then freaks out while another character compares the transgender person to a sex offender? And MacFarlane thinks the transsexual community will be "very, very happy" and that this is the most sympathetic television portrayal of such a character ever?
In the end it seems like Julian Assange is like PETA. Even if you agree with what he's doing, you kind of hate him.
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
—George Orwell, socialist
I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone'.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with bad arguments.
I can see myself giving a positive review to something I enjoyed but professed beliefs I didnt agree with, but I cannot imagine myself giving a thumbs-up to a piece of shit whose opinions I supported.
Michael Moore is such a divisive figure that even people who subscribe to his political beliefs frequently hate his guts. I am one of those people. I believe in just about everything Moore says, and find everything about him insufferable.
Please don't align yourself with me.
—Detective Amy Santiago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bill Maher will tell a joke that I laugh at, while making a point I completely agree with, and I'll think "I want to fucking throttle you."
When you try to make a point about how no one should be excluded based on who they are, but you become a meme instead.
—A comment on the music video for "Big Enough" (a.k.a. the screaming Jimmy Barnes song)
A heartbreaking story is currently unfolding thats sure to have devastating ramifications for years to come. Just moments ago, without any warning, the worst person you know just made a great point.
''So OK. Lets say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, youre an objectivist or a libertarian, and youve been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown. Its not enough that a movie agree with you, in however an incoherent and murky fashion. It would help if it were like, you know, entertaining?
When you're an asshole, it doesn't matter how right you are. Nobody wants to give you the satisfaction.
—Morty Smith, Rick and Morty
Theres a great quote, Theres nothing I like less than an opinion that I hold dear being argued badly. With Fletcher, I twisted that a little to like, Theres maybe nothing worse than a philosophy that you normally would agree with, but put in the mouth of a fucking despicable human being. Suddenly the human being and the philosophy become inseparable.