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  • Alternate History Hub:
    • "What if the Drug War Never Occured?" is a thorough condemnation of the War On Drugs and explains how the United States and Mexico would both be better off if it never happened.
    • "How the American Media Fuels A Cycle of Violence" It's contains a message similar to Blue Stahli's song "Shoot Em Up." It's about how the media almost glorifies shooters by talking about the shooter's life and motives and inspires copy-cat shooters. It also talks about how the cycle is getting faster and there's more shooters and more covering of shooters of the news and sensationalism of these is making things worse.
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    • "Why War With Iran Is Just....A Horrendous Idea". As the title of the video said, the U.S. Administration under Donald Trump making attempts to declare war with Iran would only lead to a disastrous repeat of the Iraq War (as Cody bluntly states in the opening "Look how Iraq went. There, video done."). Cody also hammers it in that those who support war with Iran, such as John Bolton, still haven't (or actively refuse to) learn the lessons and consequences of the past war.
    • Turkey "Intervened" With the Kurds Because of A Phone Call (So Here's Some Context). Cody condemns Donald Trump for withdrawing American military support to the Kurds and allowing Turkey to invade north-eastern Syria, leading to the Kurds being massacred by Turkish forces, exacerbating the Syrian Civil War, and deeply staining America's reputation.
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  • The Game Grumps, on rare occasions, will discuss their past issues with mental health problems, and sometimes go into their ongoing struggles with it as well. Whenever the subject is discussed, both Arin and Danny make it a point to mention that needing therapy (or any other form of mental health treatment, for that matter) does not make you weak, a loser, or a coward. Instead, they feel like it's something you absolutely should do, and those who say anything different don't have your best interests at heart.
  • Bob Chipman's "NOT OKAY" video makes three very important points: 1) it's not okay to throw sexual harassment, racial slurs or any other kind of verbal bigotry at others and pretend it's intrinsic to any kind of nerd or geek culture. (Which it isn't.) 2) The much-misused First Amendment and the concept of Free Speech itself are not a carte blanche to say whatever you want without consequence or being disagreed with. 3) As uncomfortable as it may be that the media is hostile to gamers, the correct response to the criticisms they make is to purge the unpleasant assholes who make everyone else look bad from the community and make it clear that you don't tolerate any of the things touched on in the video.
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the review of After Eden drops a long and well-needed spiel about how Christian Fundamentalism ultimately brings only damage to the Christian faith. The reviewer on the wiki, who is also a Christian, confides in their own experiences with their faith, and how fundamentalism like that found in After Eden didn't make them more faithful; if anything, it actually damaged their faith.
"[...] In attacking moderate Christians, liberals and atheists, After Eden is setting up a niche audience for itself and what it preaches. It is telling those moderate and liberal Christians that they can either accept fundamentalism or join the ranks of the "other" - the "dirty" liberals, the college professors, the scientists, and the atheists. It believes that through doing so it will solidify liberal Christians against the changing tides of society. And it may sway some. But, for the vast majority, it yells out, "You're either with us or against us!" To which more and more are packing their things, giving up their Bibles and walking away from what is becoming a dwindling, but admittedly more obsessively committed, flock."

"Or, to put it more succinctly: Congratulations Dan Lietha, for helping to destroy Christianity."
  • The Whateley Universe is chock full of these, since the stories revolve around ideas like tolerance for people who are different. They're mutants. But most of the protagonists are also Transgender or otherwise LGBTQIA+, so there's less of a Space Whale Aesop than usual. Several of the main characters, like Phase and Diamondback, have been treated horrifically by their own families since they 'came out' - as mutants.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall
    • In the review of Athena #1, Linkara states that a guy can dislike the exploitation of women in comic books (and any other form of media) and not be gay (while still being respectful of LGBT people), hate women's bodies, a prude, or an overzealous moral guardian. Moreover, the rant itself is a very well articulated speech decrying how female characters are being pointlessly objectified.
    Linkara: "When Wizard Magazine puts out a drawing guide that says "women should look sultry; men should look heroic and strong," there's something wrong here. When Frank Miller puts in his script that the only reason Vicki Vale is in her underwear is because he wants to get the guys reading the comic turned on, then maybe there's a problem. Or maybe when Stephanie Brown a few years ago was tortured with a power drill and the artist showed off her ass, then it's just freaking sick. Which is why, today, we're digging into "Athena #1," a comic released last year (2009) that seems to think T&A are more important than good storytelling. That's why I'm criticizing it, people! It's still going on!"
    • At the end of his review of Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, he delivers a triumphant speech to the Entity, who wishes to absorb all of existence into itself. Linkara points out that by destroying everything, the Entity will be left with nothing ("No Heaven to aspire to, no Hell to avoid.") and thus render itself completely meaningless and utterly bored. In other words: endless destruction and subjugation is a flawed and overrated goal, especially if you don't know what you'll do after that.
    • Although it's meant for laughs, being one of the many parodies of Linkara's famous Catch Phrase, the following line from his review of Uncanny X-Men #423 still makes a good point:
    • In his 300th episode, reviewing the Frank Miller “classic” Holy Terror, he rants for 3 minutes on why he hates it more than any comic he’s ever read, because it spits in the face of everything he believes in, especially the part about fearing “the other, the foreigner, the dark-skinned, the religion that’s not your own” and state that while terrorism does indeed exist, acting even worse than they do makes you the true monster.
  • Ma-Ti in Kickassia:
    Ma-Ti: Stop being a douchebag, it will totally backfire!
  • The Nostalgia Chick's video on The Smurfette Principle. While suffering from the same flaws as the Critic's Nick Month did (as in, she probably didn't have time to look over the newer stuff properly), it was intelligent along with being funny and she never came off as a Straw Feminist.
    • Ditto for her brief commenting on whether a character is feminist or not. She makes several good points as to why you could or couldn't consider some characters feminist, and then says that the bottom line is how you look at it.
    • In the same vein is The A-Word, or "No Womb at the Inn", a short documentary she did regarding the abortion debate following her own abortion. She never takes a side, and the documentary as a whole can be summed up by what she says at the end.
    Lindsay Ellis: A thought among many regarding abortion is "Out of sight, out of mind." It's not a proper thing you talk about in civilized society - but how do you get past the experience if you're afraid to talk about it?
  • CR's character look at Anne Gwish and how subcultures like goth aren't bad, it's just conceited jerks like her who ruin it for everyone else.
    • In his Green M&M vid, its ok to be attracted to fictional characters. They make them that way for a reason.
    • For his "Top 11 Fluffy and Uranus Eviscirations", you can't pussify society. It's alright to hear "Respect others" and "Take care of yourselves and the environment" but its wrong to hear it 24/7. How someone crass can raise above a baser instinct and want to change something or say something straight from the heart, that is far greater than something sugar-coated. When they say something, it may be snarly and inappropriate, but it can be honest. When they sweeten it, it's dishonest and insulting.
  • In I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC's first After Hours series drops the anvil that powerful heroes like Superman aren't outdated, because they still need to be there for others to aspire to be.
    • While the second season dropped one on how making all heroes Darker and Edgier is bad, since first, for some heroes, it just will never work, and second, without the Lighter and Softer heroes to contrast to, darker and edgier loses its meaning.
  • Bad Movie Beatdown
    • In the review and commentary for Seven Pounds, Film Brain does not mince words his disgust and rage about how horrible it is that suicide is glorified as the ultimate sacrifice, when the main character had a fantastic education and could have done so much more to help others if he didn't martyr himself. Considering how one of Matthew Buck's family members committed suicide, it makes sense that he wouldn't be fond of the pro-suicide message the film gave away.
      • In the same film, he snarks about one of the characters who doesn't allow her dog to eat meat. ("Ya! Animals don't eat meat in the wild... beat wait.") Not to mention that most vets will very specifically advise you against doing this, so it's also a case of Artistic License – Animal Care.
    • In his review of The Condemned, he eviscerates the movie for its hypocritical moralizing about media violence. He drops the anvils that "media violence is not the same as real violence", and "if children are exposed to stuff that's not suitable for them, it's usually the fault of their parents/guardians".
      • The review of Gamer similar eviscerates the film's hypocrisy for being a Take That! to gaming and gamers for glamorized violence and gratuitous sexuality, only for the film to indulge in glamorized violence and gratuitous sexuality and that it ruins the credibility of the film's message.
    • He drops another one in the Project X review in clear defiance of the film's own message; nobody should ever care too much about being popular in high school because it only lasts four years and once it's over it means diddly squat, and that the stunts the protagonists pulled will probably doom them to a life of dead-end minimum wage jobs at best.
  • Todd in the Shadows has a few of these.
    • In the review of ''Fifteen'': A woman has more worth than her body!
    • In the "review" of Chris Brown's Turn Up the Music, Todd explains that while one can still like the work a celebrity puts out and that you should never judge a person for a mistake for the rest of his/her life, especially those who at least make an effort to make up for it, they should still hold the person accountable for their mistakes. Todd also takes a lot of issue with Team Breezy's constant excusing of Brown for not only beating his girlfriend up and his constant refusal to really own up to his mistake, but for also making Rihanna seem like the bad guy of the whole incident.
  • Arby 'n' the Chief is a delicious and very relevant anvil on Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb, even if delivered with crude humor, which is directed against the Halo fanbase but can be applied to everything. The episodes "Glitch" and "Panic" are a good point, because The Arbiter delivers a well-placed "Reason You Suck" Speech against a user named assassininja4827, who is 39 years old and freaking out because of the title glitch in the game. The moral is that there's nothing wrong with being an adult and playing a computer game, but you also must act like one!
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd goes to show that, despite our nostalgic memories of the old 8-bit era, most games were nothing like Mario, Zelda, Mega Man, or Contra. A lot of them flat-out sucked, even for their time.
  • Krissy Vaine's Vanity Fair entry "Who Believes In You" gives us a moral that mediocrity is absolutely not okay and how important it is to have good self-esteem in life. Everyone needs someone to believe in them, but when a child is given a compliment, they're not feeding their ego - they're prepping them for success. Seems obvious, but Krissy reminds us all of incidents where we're taught that mediocrity is alright:
    If we hear good news we fear bad news is right around the corner, we're afraid to accept a gift for fear we don't deserve it.
  • The Onion:
  • A recurring theme from Red vs. Blue is that revenge will not make things better. It's best shown with three characters.
    • Washington wants revenge on Project Freelancer for causing an AI to kill itself inside its head, and also for its amoral experiments. He successfully manages to EMP their command centre, but for this he inadvertently lets the Director get away and ends up in prison. When he is released as part of the Big Bad Duumvirate for Season 8, he ends up being betrayed by his partner and almost killed again.
    • This happens in Season 8 (again) with Tex, who ends up caught in a capture unit and then wiped from existence by Church. Things would likely have turned out differently had she not tried going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • There's another great example in Season 10 with Church and Carolina, who almost end up dead and eventually declare it isn't worth it after seeing a broken-down Director.
  • Demo Reel's Horrible Hollywood Story Arc wasn't subtle, but heavily based off of Reality Subtext. Elissa Hoffman, Donnie's mom who killed herself because the roles dried up, is based on Elizabeth Hartman, who really did commit suicide because she was an aging actress. Donnie's backstory, his being a child actor who learned about this while he was filming a movie and got abuse for his bad performance, is a far more depressing version of what happened to Mara Wilson, as she found about her mother's death while filming Matilda and also gets abuse for her bad performances. Rebecca's sexism-in-the-industry speech could be a case of the trope all on its own, but Rachel improvised half of it based on her own real-life experiences, and last but not least, Doug has very pointedly made clear that he once wanted to make movies over there, but later figured out he wouldn't have survived.
  • The work by Sea Shepherd and Ross McCall drops the anvil hard on the grindadrap - a tradition in the Faroe Islands of slaughtering whales. The documentary points out that the community is otherwise very progressive and modernised, so the killing is not a necessity for food but rather a tradition. The locals celebrate it and children are raised to think of it as a male acceptance ritual. One of the more chilling parts of the documentary sees a young child excitedly dancing on the corpse of one whale, while an old woman licks the blood of another off her fingers.
  • The Uncanny Valley's last short, Dark Side Of The Internet could be best summarized with a very obvious aesop against cyber-bullying, yet considering the astonishing number of negative responses from people who either never realize it or outright don't care, you can clearly see why it was made in the first place.
  • Don't Talk To Police: It's right there in the title. Be aware of your constitutional rights and don't let a police officer talk you out of forfeiting them, because it can get you in a lot of trouble.
  • The Most Important Video You Will Ever See, a.k.a Arithmetic, Population, and Energy, using statistics drops several important aesops: natural resources can be consumed rapidly over a long period of time, population growth must be controlled to obtain true sustainability, and statistics can be manipulated by people with special interests into making you look a certain way.
  • Zoey Proasheck, for her usually family-friendly content, has a fair number of anvils to drop. Mental health can affect you even from a young age, thus it is important to talk about it and not sweep it under the rug. It is okay if you are LGBTQ. Most importantly, you are awesome and matter to the world.
  • The aesop in "The Death of Robin Williams." by Matthew Santoro is that suicide is never a good solution to depression, which Matthew explicitly states. If Matthew had implied rather than clearly stated this lesson, then some of his viewers wouldn't realize the moral.
  • The (only available online) Women on Fire novels had a lot of problems with Author Tract and general Anviliciousness, especially in the later books, but there is one anvil in Taken Child that can't possibly be dropped hard enough: Sexual orientation is not something that can be changed, and attempts by parents to "fix" a gay child can and will tear the family apart.
  • Brows Held High:
    • Kyle's scathing review of Melancholia is basically one long argument against romanticizing clinical depression and treating despair as "poignant". As Kyle eloquently points out: all of life is built upon change and moving forward, and depression is a disease that makes that impossible to do; works of art shouldn't be celebrated for making depression look beautiful, because that ignores the simple fact that depression can and must be overcome. In short, True Art is Not, in fact, "Angsty".
    Depression is a disease; make no mistake. Von Trier can romanticize it all he wants, but depression is a stasis. It's a dead end. Succumbing to it is a surrender to death. And you can go on and on about how hollow our culture is and how "shallow" life is but...what of it? I'm alive. And I can experience the new, and share it. Here, now, I'm alive. And what happier thing can be said? We should all keep creating and sharing, because, in the words of a better filmmaker: "Our songs will all be silenced. But what of it? Go on singing."
    • His review of the Malian fantasy film Yeelen includes an impeccably researched—but utterly unsubtle—exploration of the concept of hardline Nationalism, pointing out why it's futile and self-defeating. Every nation on Earth is a vast, complex patchwork of cultures with their own identities and beliefs, and more than a few of those cultures are heavily marginalized; it's impossible to define an entire country's identity without leaving some of them out, even if they're an indispensable part of their country's cultural landscape.
    • For the show in general, there's the recurring message that even the world's greatest works of art are made by human beings—flawed, fallible human beings with more than their share of cultural biases—not flawless, all-knowing demigods who can't be criticized or questioned. But there's nothing wrong with that...because artists' humanity is what makes them great.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter:
    • His follow-up thoughts on "Screams in Silence" bring to light how objectification, sensationalism, "sympathy porn", and relying on statistics don't help anyone in any situation, especially not in the realm of domestic abuse. He also points out that many charities are actually very corrupt and their attempts to "help" people do far more damage than anything else, while other serious issues are virtually ignored because they don't fit with the stereotypical ideas these charities have ingrained into popular consciousness.
    • His review of "The Return of Slade" hammers in that kid shows that are loved by adults aren't loved because they're dark, brooding, or inappropriate, but because they're so well-written and have so much effort and heart put into them that they're enjoyable by anyone's age group.
      Beast Boy: We can't hold on to our childhood forever.
      Mr. Enter: Yes, you can. Yes you fucking can! Shows like Courage and Samurai Jack are made with such care and diligence that when people grow up with them, they look back on it and they get inspired, maybe to tell their own stories, maybe become animators, or maybe to just keep moving forward. When the kids today look back at Teen Titans Go!, what will they think? I mean, people who regret 80's fashions don't really blame the fashions, and the irony is, that when people don't pull in to their childhood, instead of creating things like Gravity Falls or Steven Universe, they create things like Teen Titans Go!. I still hold onto my childhood and that makes me want to make cartoons, inspired by the ones as a child, the ones that still hold up because, as an adult, I can determine what works and what doesn't, and so many of them work. And that's just not a thing in animation; think of all the spiritual successors in video games going around on the indie scene, because people hold fondly of the games they played as children. If they didn't hold onto them, then these people wouldn't bother.
    • In the same review, he also points out that just because it's for kids doesn't mean that it has to be bad.
      Mr. Enter: Teen Titans Go!, I don't care that you make a kid's show. I care that you're bad at it, even under the apparent low, low standards of a kids show! Yep, kids will watch anything. They'll also eat anything. Should we let them eat lead paint chips? Sure, teaching kids that girls are inherently better than boys or that no one likes smart people or that you should avoid responsibility isn't going to make the lives of kids any worse. And I guess you want your kids constantly nagging for Teen Titans Go! toys. Kids might not have standards, which is why we need a little bit of extra care. We do this in all other areas of childrens' lives. What makes entertainment the exception!?
    • In his two-part review of The Simpsons episode "Homer Badman", he presents some important anvils about rape and sexual assault.
      • Rape and sexual assault are wrong, regardless of who does it.
      • Both the accuser and the accused deserve fair treatment from the law, even if one of them is a Jerkass.
      • Just because somebody's a Jerkass doesn't mean that they'll cross the Moral Event Horizon.
      • The media needs to watch its distance during allegations or else it will take advantage of the situation and harm both parties for a quick buck.
      • Just because the accused is found "Not guilty" doesn't necessarily mean that the justice system is flawed and deserves to get scrapped. Due process is exactly that, a process.
      • People who deliberately lie about rape or sexual assault are just as harmful than real perpetrators due to the fact that they make real victims more worried about coming forward for help since they're already concerned that nobody would believe them. He points out how even though the 2014 University of Virginia rape story from Rolling Stone Magazine was revealed to be a hoax, people were still supporting the person who lied about the whole thing, comparing it with a Phony Veteran still being honored as a war hero even though they're proven not to be one.
  • InfamousAnimation's Shogun Gino spends the last 3 minutes of his review of Katy La Oruga to give an extremely passionate speech about how children's animation should be done with quality and effort:
    "Some of you may be wondering why I would even bother soapboxing for so long about this dumb little cheap animated movie, and really, that’s the most common complaint that people like me get. “Why are you wasting your time critiquing something that’s meant for children? It’s for kids, not for you! Why are you getting so worked up over it? Don’t you have something better to do with your life?”
    Understand this and understand this well – just because something is for children does not give it the right, the privilege, nor the excuse to have NO EFFORT PUT INTO IT!!!
    A child audience should not be used to justify laziness and apathy in the production line!
    That’s what causes idiotic spin-offs and copy-cats with the same tired humor-by-committee every episode.
    That’s what causes half-hour toy commercials, especially those made for syndication with 5 new episodes every week, causing nothing but animation glitches, inconsistent writing, and hasty audio editing.
    Is it not a great feeling to revisit something from your childhood and discover that it has more qualities that you never noticed when you were younger?
    To find out that it not only could entertain the more basic tastes of a child, but also the more complex tastes of an adult?
    To realized that the people behind the scenes actually gave a damn about what they were making?
    Yes, a lot of what I cover on this show is meant for young audiences, and that’s an unfortunate result of the general opinion that animation is something meant for kids, but that’s a topic for a different episode. But I care because I love animation as an art form.
    I care because I love good storytelling.
    I care because I remember the movies and shows and people that didn’t look down on me simply because I was a child.
    I care about children’s animation because I remember the children’s animation that cared about me.
    This movie didn’t care about its audience … and that’s why nobody cares about this movie anymore."
  • The web series Ask a Slave, in which writer/actress Azie Dungey responds in character as 18th-century slave Lizzie Mae to questions about her life, can come across as rather heavy-handed, in that a lot of the questions Lizzie Mae gets asked betray stunning ignorance of history, or terrible insensitivity to the reality of slavery, and a lot of the time, Lizzie Mae can only respond with mild sarcasm or a disapproving eyebrow raise. However, most of the questions (and nearly all the really stupid ones) were asked in real life: Dungey used to work as a slave re-enactor at the Mount Vernon Museum, and she turned her frustration with being asked so many dumb questions into a web series. The fact that people in the 21st century could ask, in all seriousness, "How did you get to be housemaid for such a distinguished Founding Father? Did you read the advertisement in the newspaper?" is...depressing.
  • CollegeHumor: invokedThe video "Stop Saying 'It Ruined My Childhood'" features whiny fans ranting about their favorite movies and shows being rebooted or just different, claiming it ruined their childhood. Meanwhile, in the same restaurant, there are people whose childhoods and/or youth actually were ruined: a man who lost his dreams of being a baseball player after being stricken with polio, a woman who was denied a good education because she's black, a young man who commented that his cop father abused him, a regretful Vietnam Vet, a woman who was a sex slave during her teen years, a woman who lost her parents in the Holocaust, a woman whose sister was raped, and finally a teenage boy working as a waiter whose parents are being deported from the country. The whole video is a vicious attack on the mindsets of a reboot "ruining my childhood" by calling out the arguments as the First World Problems that they are, and says that such people really need to have some perspective.
  • Don't Follow Your Passion: it's unrealistic to think you can make a living doing exactly what you love; it's much wiser to follow opportunity - but don't forget to bring your passion with you.
  • On Criticism In The Intersectional Age: While a pretty lengthy read, it drops several much-needed anvils about how criticism in the modern age should be addressed and used to improve oneself, rather than just becoming defensive and attacking your critics.
  • The story, Fear, Loathing and Gumbo on the Campaign Trail '72 and its sequel Rumsfeldia drop several aesops:
    • Governing through ideological extremism will bring about ruin, and turn you into a monster and a hypocrite. Both China under the Lesser Mao and America under Rumsfeld and the Christian Values are destroyed because they pushed their ideology to the extreme. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union, thanks to Nikolai Ryzhkov's reforms, prospers because it learns to compromise its ideology.
    • Our freedoms are fragile and can be easily be taken from us if the message is cloaked in a seemingly wholesome image. Rumsfeld is able to slowly rip apart civil and labor rights by appealing to messages of law and order and free enterprise. Ironically, many corporations began to suffer from free enterprise as the total absence of regulation causes them to suffer from loss of reputation and an inability to thrive in chaotic conditions.
  • Even the SCP Foundation can drop anvils if need be, no matter how much of a Mind Screw it gets. Case in point, SCP-3935, "This Thing a Quiet Madness Made," despite being a massive Mind Screw complete with The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, has one anvil underneath it all: small towns continuously hide their dark secrets while refusing to resolve them and letting the people who they affect suffer more and more, even kicking them while they're down, thanks to religious and moral stigma that is ultimately too overbearing on its people. The article makes it very clear that the student body and the faculty refused to address the anomalous phenomena in any meaningful way, which was spurred by one of the cheerleaders becoming pregnant and drowning the child in the pool out of remorse, thus generating a Humanoid Abomination and a non-Euclidean space whose sole purpose appears to be a visual metaphor, and it is thought that this time around, the recurring Idiot Ball that frequently rolls around to the MTFs was justified in hammering in the overall metaphor. Also, the entire incident actually sterilized Salvador's population, which can easily be construed as a delayed Final Solution in self-neutralizing the anomaly and thus ending this particular instance of the issue that this article's anvil concerns.
    • As the entrance to the non-Euclidean structure underneath the school would like to say:
    The way below winds deeper, longer,
    unspeakable its patterns laid.
    The lost forever damned to wander
    this thing a quiet madness made.
  • Watch Ross frequently drops the anvil of doing what you want in life and pursuing the passion - because at the end of the day you are going to die eventually. So you should accomplish what you want while you can. He also points out that all successful people have to work hard.
  • Alpha M is a lifestyle youtube channel that gives various guides to men on dating, appearance and skincare. His "Let's talk about it" series highlights several subjects;
    • Losing your virginity isn't as spectacular and show-stopping as you think. To get the best experience, let it happen naturally and comfortably while in a relationship. Losing your virginity in a one night stand will be embarrassing and regrettable in the future, especially when it involved peer pressure and a stranger. So don't worry too much about losing your virginity and do it when you feel comfortable and ready in a relationship.
    • Porn isn't a good substitute for a relationship as there are many unhealthy consequences to watching too much of it. Real relationships carry more depth and meaning, whereas the relationships depicted in porn are unrealistically crafted for the viewer's gratification. You also need to know that the logic in porn does not apply to real life because it's directed for the viewer's pleasure, not for the pleasure of the actors and actresses involved.
      Aaron: "Porn is a lot of things, reality is not one of them."
    • While marijuana is the least dangerous drug when compared to others, it still requires moderation and responsibility because it can put an imbalance in your life due to overeating and procrastination.
    • Don't burden yourself with other people's problems or try to fix everything. You can't make everyone happy and there's always going to be a situation where you come out as the bad guy either way. Focus on your own happiness and stop expecting certain responses for your selflessness. By trying to make everyone happy, it enables them to treat you badly or manipulate you. Just accept that people are going to disrespect you, no matter how hard you try to befriend them.
    • Stress is a real problem that needs to be handled and monitored with care, there is nothing wrong with putting yourself first once in a while. One contestant on the Alpha M Project spoke about how he lost 50 pounds in weight because of stress alone. He was so stressed out from his career that his stomach couldn't digest his food properly, within 2 months he went from weighing 170 pounds to 120 because of that frightening ordeal.
    • Confidence and maturity is what makes a man a man; when you go through dark times, you are not weak or unmanly for looking for help. A man is someone who can process personal tragedies by taking responsibility for the aftermath of these issues in order to recover.
    • Learn to recognise a toxic relationship when you can and be prepared to cut them out of your life if they won't change or recognise their own toxicity. It's not about them being bad friends, it's about putting yourself first and acknowledging the harm they inflict on your self-confidence.
    • Transphobia is a very serious issue, one contestant, Jaxsen, spoke about his experiences while growing up transgender and explained his multiple suicide attempts, he showed his scars from self-harming, and he explained how he's still dealing with depression from those experiences despite being able to transition from female to male. Like all people with mental illnesses: Jaxsen states that mental illnesses, like depression, don't go away because you started feeling better about yourself. You just have to keep telling yourself that are doing better than you did yesterday and acknowledge the things you're doing right.
      Jaxsen: I think one thing that I've always had to keep in the back of my mind is Depression is a mental illness, it's a persistent mental illness. I don't wake up and go "I'm happy today!" like forever I mean...
      Aaron: It's always something you're gonna struggle with.
      Jaxsen: But I can wake up and say "I'm better than I used to be and I'm gonna keep along this path."
      Aaron: And you like yourself?
      Jaxsen: Yeah, I think there's a lot of good qualities I recognize about myself now. There's definitely still some things that I'm improving and I think that can be true of everybody.
  • The advice Nash and Tara give on What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? are pretty dang obvious, but the fact they cover people making the exact same mistakes week-after-week show that they are well-deserved. Some of the most reoccurring bits of wisdom include:
    • Don't compound the error. If you get in trouble, it's better to admit your mistake and face the consequences. Actively resisting arrest or causing property damage will only get you into bigger trouble and make you look like an idiot.
    • Guns are not a remote control for life. They're dangerous weapons and need to be treated as such. Threatening others for petty reasons and not following proper gun safety is a surefire way to get someone seriously injured.
    • Unless specifically requested, no one wants to see your dick. Exposing yourself to others without their consent is sexual harassment, as it's forcing your fetish on to them without their permission.
    • Poop is not a plan. Aside from being gross and completely uncivilized, throwing your bodily waste around is a biohazard that puts the public's health at risk. Somebody has to clean up afterward, and they're likely not paid well enough to literally deal with your shit.
    • 911 is not customer service. If you have to call 911, you have to be sure it's an absolute emergency. Calling them to fix minor problems waste everyone's time and take resources away from actual emergencies.
  • EmpLemon's Never Ever Spongebob episode discusses how Spongebob and Squidward represent opposing views on adult life. From this, he hammers home that while growing up may take away the innocence and wonder out of life, the world itself isn't getting worse, but your perspective of it is, and you always have the choice to experience fun and happiness like Spongebob. Some people may mock you for acting the slightest bit child-like, but as long as you pull your own weight and are kind to others, you shouldn't take it to heart, as those people fawn over their days of youth as much as anyone else.
  • From Lindsay Ellis:
    • A recurring one that gets dropped a lot is that media criticism is not intended to shame people for liking certain things, especially if it addresses Unfortunate Implications in regards to things like gender or race. It is important to think critically about the media you consume though.
    • In her video of the Beauty & the Beast remake, Ellis makes the very good point that pedantic nitpicking is not the same as critical analysis, and the resulting negative impact it can have on media. Ellis argues that the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast suffered by trying to pull an Author's Saving Throw on every minor nitpick the original story had, thus trying to appeal to a crowd that weren't going to see the movie anyway. On top of that, Ellis drops the anvil that such nitpicky criticism is always done in bad faith, and doesn't deserve any attention because it makes the overall experience of indulging in media worse.
    • For her three-part review of The Hobbit, the third part also drops the important message that accepting that the makers of your favorite entertainment have done something morally objectionable is not the same as accepting when people in any other business do it. This is simply because entertainment, by default, requires the audience to trust its creator with their emotions.
    • The entire point of her Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds video is to definitively say that simple entertainment like Independence Day can still be satisfying if it's structurally functional. In addition, a Darker and Edgier movie isn't automatically more sophisticated, let alone good, if it's structurally unsound.
    • Ellis raises a good point in the first Game of Thrones video when addressing Unfortunate Implications in general.
    "No piece of media is ever going to be ideologically pure, and it's unrealistic to expect that."
    • Similar to the above, "Woke Disney" emphasizes that simply identifying something problematic about an old movie is meaningless in and of itself without any other direction to go in, and that doing nothing beyond covering up what's considered offensive about it by modern standards with Politically Correct History doesn't "fix" these problems so much as make them more offensive because it implies that the problematic aspects never existed while also sucking out everything that made those films classics despite their problems.
      You've taken step one and identified the problem. What do you want to do with that? Are you the guy in that Onion article that likes to bring up that John Lennon used to beat his wife? Do you want to drag the company that made the thing through the street? Do you want to wave it off and say it was a product of its time?
    • "Why is Cats?": cinema, especially realistically-grounded live-action cinema, is not the be all, end all entertainment medium because there are some stories that can only be told in a different medium, and shoehorning a work that wasn't created for live-action film (in this case, musical theater) into live-action film doesn't automatically make the work more prestigious so much as play to live-action films' weaknesses and make the film industry look elitist.
  • The SuperMarioLogan episode, "Jeffy Plays Minecraft!" provides the moral that Moral Guardians should be responsible for what their children do and watch and how it influences their behavior, rather than try to blame creators for making the offending content or ban said offending content.
  • Sarah Z drops one on the Not Like Other Girls trope and our attitudes towards it in "I'm Not Like Other Girls". While women who bully other women for being traditionally feminine or not feminine enough are awful people, it speaks to a larger problem about society in general - where girls are pressured to conform to traditional aspects of femininity from a really young age and that can result in those who don't want to conform being mocked or ostracised, and then growing up with a hatred of those who do.
    "A lot of the time, when an NLOG says 'I'm not like you', it's because she's been told repeatedly by her peers 'you're not like us!'"
  • Stop Slut-Shaming Ariel puts forth the point that criticism of Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989) for perceived weak character writing (her main motivation involves wanting to be with Eric) can cross a questionable boundary into straight-up Slut-Shaming a woman who is motivated by her sexuality. Several other characters who want love or pursue it independently - Phoebe Halliwell of Charmed (1998), who still worked hard as an advice columnist and Charmed One in addition to wanting a family, and Ginny Weasley of Harry Potter for still having an active role in the plot and three boyfriends (the third of which she marries) - are shamed for it.
  • Liana K delivers a lot in relation to feminism and gender Double Standards (especially with regards to sex positive feminism) but here she delivers several gripping ones (starting at around 25 minutes in):
    • Don't see feminism as a fight, but as a discussion and a discovery leading to a better future.
    • Men don't necessarily have it easier but "there are enough road maps" like Rocky encouraging them to get back up after taking a few bad hits - and that's what women need for equality.
    • There is no reason for a woman to think she can't do as well as a man in any area. It can be difficult and in some situations feel impossible, but it's all doable.
    • You reap what you sow, especially if you're the one throwing the first punches. No matter what you're fighting for.
    "It means you're gonna get knocked down, but you get back up. And you know what? You can't whine about it."
    • Be respectful of the connections people have with media if you're going to criticise it. A lot of media, especially video games, can be a coping mechanism for people in tough times - and it can be very traumatic when it feels like someone is attacking the thing they like. Going back to the above point, treat it more as opening a discussion rather than starting a fight.

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