When nothing makes sense in the light, we have to search in the dark.

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By: James Spader
Characters: Raymond 'Red' Reddington
From: The Blacklist
Genres: Crime | Drama | Television

Context:
James Spader, as 'Red' Reddington, makes this statement after former enemy, Senator Cynthia Panabaker (played by Deirdre Lovejoy), comes to him for help finding the person who attacked and kidnapped her daughter. The exchange took place during Season 9, Episode 14 of The Blacklist, which originally aired on Friday, April 1, 2022.

I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.

I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.

Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.

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By: Will Smith
Genres: Drama

Context:
Superstar actor and producer Will Smith released this statement to media outlets on Friday, April 1, 2022, after officially resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after slapping actor and comedian Chris Rock during the 94th Annual Academy Awards the Sunday before.

source: www.foxnews.com,  

Well, look at the time. I’ll try to keep this brief. After 28 years of peacock logos on much of what I own, it is my choice now to jump without a net into the great unknown. As I do for the first time in my 62 years, my biggest worry is for my country. The truth is, I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in is place. And in my love of my country, I yield to no one.

But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads and highways and neighborhoods. It’s now at the local bar, and the bowling alley, at the school board, and the grocery store. And it must be acknowledged and answered for. Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution, elected by their constituents possessing the kinds of college degrees I could only dream of have decided to join the mob and become something they are not while hoping we somehow forget who they were.

They’ve decided to burn it all down – with us inside. That should scare you to no end as much as it scares an aging volunteer fireman.

To my coworkers, my love and thanks. And I say again, everyone I’ve worked with has made me better at what I do. To my family, love and thanks doesn’t begin to cover it. But now I have the time to better express it. My friends know who they are. No one’s been blessed with better friends. To the guests on this broadcast, as you heard the nice man say a few minutes ago, it’s always been about you. Otherwise, I’d be staring into the camera for an hour, five nights a week. And nobody wants to see that. You are The 11th Hour and will continue to be The 11th Hour. This is where I thank you, however, for being so great for explaining these last five years.

As a proud New Jersey native, this is where I get to say, regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. What a ride it’s been. Where else, how else was a kid like me going to meet presidents and kings and the occasional rock star? These lovely testimonials that I can never truly repay make me hyperaware that it has been and remains a wonderful life. It’s as if I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning in Bedford Falls. The reality is though, I will wake up tomorrow in the America of the year 2021, a nation unrecognizable to those who came before us and fought to protect it, which is what you must do now. My colleagues will take it from here.

I will probably find it impossible to be silent and stay away from you and lights and cameras after I experiment with relaxation and find out what I’ve missed and what’s out there. Every weeknight for decades now, I’ve said some version of the same thing. Thank you for being here with us. “Us,” meaning the people who produced this broadcast for you. And you, well, without you, there’s no us.

I’ll show myself out. Until we meet again, that is our broadcast for this Thursday night. Thank you for being here with us. And for all my colleagues of the networks of NBC News, good night.

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By: Brian Williams
From: The 11th Hour

Context:
Brian Williams hosted his final episode of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, giving this cryptic 3 minute monologue as a final sign-off to viewers. According to MediaIte, it was as much a warning of what lies ahead for America as it was an appreciation of those who made the show possible over the last five years.

source: www.mediaite.com,  

I think you have to honor people's feelings and their own personal beliefs, and I think that's been lost when it comes to vaccinated and non-vaccinated. And it kinda sucks that that's been lost because you're essentially not giving anyone... You say we live in the land of the free, well you're not giving anyone freedom, because you're making people do something, without necessarily making them, you're making them. And that goes against everything that America stands for - supposedly "stands for." So I am not in any position to tell him what he should or should not be doing.

I'm not to go and ask him if he [received] the Polio vaccine, so why would I ask him if he's received the Covid vaccine.

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By: Draymond Green
Genres: Sports

Context:
NBA Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green responds to a question on vaccine mandates, specifically regarding teammate Andrew Wiggins, who apparently has not received the Covid vaccine.

source: www.youtube.com,  

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) sarcastically announces to patrons of a bank that his about to shoot anyone he uncovers as alien. Nada is able to see the creatures' true form by wearing a special pair of sun glasses.

Don't wear them glasses too long. Starts to feel like a knife turnin' in your skull.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) lets Frank (Keith David) know the effects of wearing "Hoffman Lenses" for extended periods of time. "Hoffman Lenses" are special sun glasses that reveal the true form of aliens disguised as humans.

And who are you, little fella? Come to show 'em where I am, huh? Not nice!

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) yells jokingly at a surveillance drone that's tracking him, just before taking a shotgun to the alien-controlled vehicle.

Ha, figures it'd be something like this.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) says this after seeing a politician on TV for the first time after putting on a special pair of sun glasses that reveal the TV figure to be an alien.

You ain't the first son of a bitch to wake up out of their dream.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) says this to his friend Frank (Keith David) soon after Frank puts on special sun glasses that reveal the true form of aliens, for the first time. He's probably referring to himself, who also recently discovered the alien conspiracy.

You see, I take these glasses off, she looks like a regular person, doesn't she? Put 'em back on...formaldehyde-face!

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) says this to shocked onlookers that see the shotgun he's carrying. He's trying to explain that a woman among them is actually an alien, whose true form can only be revealed when he puts special sun glasses called "Hoffman Lenses."

Brother, life's a bitch... and she's back in heat.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) says this to his friend Frank (Keith David) soon after they both learn of an alien threat against mankind.

That's like pouring perfume on a pig.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) jokes about an alien posing as a woman. Most people see the beast as human, unless wearing special sun glasses called "Hoffman Lenses."

Mama don't like tattletales.

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By: Roddy Piper
Characters: Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) yells jokingly at a surveillance drone that's tracking him, just before taking a shotgun to the alien-controlled vehicle.

Nada: Yeah, well, I'm sorry. But I needed you to get away.
Holly: No, you have two guns. You're not sorry. You're in charge.

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By: Meg Foster | Roddy Piper
Characters: Holly (They Live) | Nada
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
Nada (Roddy Pipper) explains to Holly (Meg Foster) why he kidnapped her from a shopping plaza, after being pursued by police for killing multiple aliens disguised as people.

We could be pets, we could be food, but all we really are is livestock.

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By: John Lawrence
Characters: Bearded Man (They Live)
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
A pirate news cast takes over television screens, giving a bearded man (John Lawrence) time to warn people of an alien threat against humanity.

The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are non-existent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices.

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By: John Lawrence
Characters: Bearded Man (They Live)
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
A pirate news cast takes over television screens, giving a bearded man (John Lawrence) time to warn people of an alien threat against humanity.

They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery.

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By: John Lawrence
Characters: Bearded Man (They Live)
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
A pirate news cast takes over television screens, giving a bearded man (John Lawrence) time to warn people of an alien threat against humanity.

Outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us, from birth to death, are our owners! Our owners! They have us. They control us! They are our masters! Wake up! They're all about you! All around you!

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By: Raymond St. Jacques
Characters: Street Preacher (They Live)
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
A Preacher (Raymond St. Jacques) makes a "sermon" on the streets of Los Angeles, attempting to warn people of an alien threat.

This world may have blinded me, but the Lord has let me see.

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By: Raymond St. Jacques
Characters: Street Preacher (They Live)
From: They Live
Genres: Action | Buddies | Cult Cinema | Science Fiction | Thrillers

Context:
A Preacher (Raymond St. Jacques) makes a prophetic statement to Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) when they first encounter him at a church being used by a group of rebels fighting an alien threat.