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"With those who follow a different Way it is useless to take counsel."

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"How do I know what God Himself judges in this particular case? It is certain these people do not commit this as a crime; it is not against their own consciences reproving, or their light reproaching them; they do not know it to be an offence, and then commit it in defiance of divine justice, as we do in almost all the sins we commit. They think it no more a crime to kill a captive taken in war than we do to kill an ox; or to eat human flesh than we do to eat mutton."

    Live-Action TV 
"Really, Doctor. I expected something more progressive from you."

"She kept calling the Indians niggers for some reason, so I said 'No, no, no! (Beat) It's the West Indians who are niggers. These people are Wogs."
Major Gowen, Fawlty Towers

    Web Animation 
"...what a lot of people forget about early cartoons [...] is that they could be really fucking dark. See, back then, it wasn't generally understood that kids needed to have their delicate sensibilities protected, as odds were pretty good they were all going to die in a European trench war before they turned eighteen, anyway. So thematically, cartoons were lighter on wholesome lessons about friendship and heavier on skeletons and racism."
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, likening Cuphead's animation style to The Golden Age of Animation, in Zero Punctuation's review of Cuphead

You know, mythology and folklore as a whole is a really incredible field to study. There's so much creativity and wonder, and it's really fun recognizing story elements that have persisted to the modern day or been adapted in one way or another to stories we actually recognize. But sometimes, you find a myth that really reminds you that you're studying a different culture from a different time and place, and that culture from a different time and place might have held some pretty nasty attitudes towards your demographic specifically, and they didn't hesitate to document those attitudes for posterity, and that can kind of sting.

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"Still, the core conceit still carries a lot of uncomfortable colonial racial baggage from the strip's 1930s origin: the hero protecting this African land is a white man — and, more to the point, the 21st in a series of white men who, despite living in Africa since the 1500s, have all apparently voyaged elsewhere to find wives, so as to continue to produce blonde-haired, blue-eyed progeny."

"Before the corn syrup industry rewrote our country's DNA to be mostly pancake, being obese was a bit of a novelty. If you sent a pair of today's average-size pants back to 1950, they would assume it was some kind of 15-man parachute and drop an airborne squad into Korea. So it's understandable that Little Archie and his writers had no idea how to deal with fat people."

"What's hard to miss are the far less politically correct jokes, which StarVista thankfully hasn't removed, noting that it was a different time. It's amazing now to hear people make jokes about Italians and Polish people, but it's rather stunning to hear one comic make a watermelon joke... only to have Rickles follow it up with his jive impersonation. Better to know the past than to pretend it never happened."

"Osbourn can’t be trusted because he spent time in India, found an Indian wife, and contacted malaria, which makes him suffer fits of insanity. And after Emily gets pregnant, the Osbourns turn their attention to aborting that pregnancy—which feels like nothing less than a heavy-handed allegory for cultural purity... Some stories are better left in the past."
Sonia Saraiya on The Making of a Lady (2014)

"There's no shame in obsolescence, really—it happens to everyone. I get the same sinking feeling every time a comedian I idolize rails against 'political correctness,' or a gay icon throws around 'trannies.' Oh. It's happening. You are getting old."

The trouble is, I was well brought up in terms of minding my P's and Q's, and I say thank you very readily. This, though, I was told, is actually impolite in Mongolia. You can thank a host at the end of a visit but not for every cup of tea or glass of vodka. That would be insulting to your host because it implies that there was even a ghost of a shadow of a chance that they would not have been hospitable.
— The Stay Where You Are project

    Web Videos 
"This movie has done for feminism what The Birth of a Nation did for equal rights."

    Western Animation 
Ivan Dobsky: Look out, Mr. Drummond! It's Nelson Bonjela, the most feared terrorist in all of South Africa!
Mr. Drummond: It would be best if you just reversed all your 1970's preconceptions, Ivan.

"Oooh, old people movies. Get ready for references we don't understand and words we can't repeat."
Mabel, Gravity Falls

    Real Life 
"Every one gives the title of barbarism to everything that is not in use in his own country."
Michel de Montaigne, Of Cannibals

"Three degrees of latitude reverse all jurisprudence; a meridian decides the truth. Fundamental laws change after a few years of possession; right has its epochs; the entry of Saturn into the Lion marks to us the origin of such and such a crime. A strange justice that is bounded by a river! Truth on this side of the Pyrenees, error on the other side."
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

"When creating their stories, authors, filmmakers and cartoonists producing the early texts we now label as science fiction drew heavily from such closely related colonial genres as the scientific race treatise, the travelogue, and the “lost race” story... Darwin’s evolutionary narrative became encoded into the very structure of science fiction in a way that still lingers, often contradicting the explicit aims and goals of the SF texts that contain them."
Patrick B. Sharp, introduction to Darwinism (The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction)

"This is why so little of what moves us during wartime has any currency once it is over. The songs, books, poems, and films that arouse us in war are awkward and embarrassing when the conflict ends."
Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth."
— Mary Schmich, "Advice, Like Youth, Probably Just Wasted on the Young", Chicago Tribune, June 1, 1997

"Blackhawk, Apache, and Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice."
Noam Chomsky, Propaganda and the Public Mind

"I hope that, like Mark Twain, people one day look back at my work and say, 'Wow, that is actually pretty racist.'"
Tina Fey, in her acceptance speech for the Mark Twain award

It is a little unfair, I think, to criticize a person for not sharing the enlightenment of a later epoch, but it is also profoundly saddening that such prejudices were so extremely pervasive.
Carl Sagan, Broca's Brain

"One of the inevitabilities of living in a culture that’s actively working to both acknowledge and dismantle the systemic behaviors that have long served to disenfranchise women and minorities is that it’s become really, really easy to point out the ways in which the pop culture of yore is, well, not good. Such critiques are rarely indicative of the quality of the storytelling, but rather the pricklier qualities of the lessons imparted therein and the question of just what the children of today are culling from them. Just as public perceptions of D. W. Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation changed with the rise of public discourse around race, so too shall the sacred cows of yesteryear be reassessed as we deepen and refine our discussions around identity and sexuality."

An "animated cocktail napkin" about killing the wife, the sort of thing "they won't make today". Keep in mind that Americans were then jaded to the idea by shows like ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.
Milton Knight talks about The Plot Sickens (1961)


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