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FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Keep your politics out of my entertainment! Reply with quote

Just curious if anyone else has noticed a trend of left-wing talking points sneaking their way into entertainment media. I'm not talking about big-budget 'message movies', as its fairly obvious when this is being done, but rather television shows and even computer games.

In watching some DVD collections, I've noticed a popular theme seems to be an episode where the villain / antagonist makes a fairly rediculous statement about calling the protagonist(s) 'terrorists' and how he's protecting 'freedom/democracy' - the hamhocked attempt at moral equivalency is jarring and obvious, and pulls me out of the plot. I've seen this now in Heroes and Smallville (yeah, I watch Geek shows :oops: ).

In Smallville, the previous episode was a 'very special episode' about ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, where Clark declares that he too is an illegal immigrant, so gosh-darnit, what's the big deal?! (Insert barfing emoticon here)

The terrorist meme popped up in a video game I played a while back that was otherwise immensely enjoyable. And I'm told that Battle Star Galactica turned into one giant exercise in Moral Equivalence after the first season (I don't watch it).

Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hollyweird can't seem to help itself. I don't know if it's the writers or the artists themselves (or both) but it's getting tiresome.

-Mac
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A glaring example of this was an episode of Boston Legal where a woman hired Alan Shore to sue the US Government over the death of her brother who died in Iraq. I believe the premise was after his tour of duty was over he was put into a role that he was not properly trained for as part of the "Stop Loss" policy. The brother ended up getting killed, leading to his wanting to sue the government/army for damages.

Alan Shore's anti-war theme has run through many episodes over the years, but so does Denny's respect for the right to bare arms. The only difference is that Shore's character is reasoned and articulate and the Crane is suffering from "mad cow disease" and is crazy, exactly how I suspect David E. Kelley feels about Democrats and Republicans.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop watching those shows then. That is the only effective means at your disposal.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now for a very special blossom
FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Stop watching those shows then.


That's what ends up happening, most of the time. There are some however that are simply too enjoyable otherwise to totally to give up, and so I resent the writer(s) for abusing their talents.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Law and Order has had over 10 episodes of Abortion bombings, however in reality, there have only been 3 or 4 in the United States.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Law and order is still on the air?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
Law and order is still on the air?


hah, you don't watch much tv. There's about 4 different Law and Order spinoff/versions on every night.
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I don't watch much TV. Since I got the PVR, I only watch what I want to watch.

"The grandson or Quai Chang Cain walks out of the past..." That is the greatest cheesy 80s re-run on TV.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues? :lol: That's a great show ... wasn't it filmed in Vancouver?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw a really young Brent Butt (of Corner Gas fame) in a bit part on Kung Fu. Must have been filmed in Canada somewhere. I record it in HD!
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