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Hire actors to create a group of people we can all agree to hate thus bringing us together and creating a utopian paradise on Earth.
People hate people, it's what we do. So how to satisfy that
innate human trait without anybody being negatively
Introducing "Those People". A group of actors who play the
part of a people we can all agree to hate.
They're rude, they're stupid, they demand lots of
litter, they wreck stuff, hardly a day goes
by where "Those People" aren't in the news screwing
something up. Major cities would have a group of 30 or 40
people engaging in daily activities designed to bring about
love and unity by being horrible people that make
everybody else look great by comparison.
Racially and culturally, they'd have to be something never
seen before so they don't make any real group look bad.
Maybe some kind of blue skin tone and they wear really
expensive clothes and shout at people to get out of their
way. You'd have to see one and have it be very clearly un-
mistakable that it's one of "Those" people.
All races, creeds and colors would join together in hating
these faux jerks. Peace and tranquility would reign and we
could finally all get along.
Somewhat related on a much smaller scale
[daseva, Oct 28 2019]
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||You're one, aren't you? You look a bit like one.
||There won't be enough embittered history backing the faux folks.
||//You're one, aren't you? You look a bit like one.//
||1/4 on my mom's side but I didn't think it showed.
||By the way, not expecting a lot of love for this one but I was
thinking it might be an interesting short story idea. CIA puts
together some kind of test scenario in some ravaged third
world area, like Los Angeles or San Francisco, to try to
restore the peace.
||Once there was this city that was like, really fucked up 'n
stuff, like with crime 'n shit, so these guys painted a
bunch of people blue like for to do peace or whatever,
because like racism right? So yea, then there were these
blue people and they'd be all yelling and re-adjusting
their junk on the bus in front of old ladies. So yea,
worked pretty good. Oh wait! And people got like
heeeellla pissed at them because they... um, they got like
no time to be all fucked up to each other because of
hatin' on these blue people see? Then it worked good
after the people got all pissed.
||Then there's a surprise ending like where a ten ton weight
falls on his head or something. But it was all a dream.
(except for the weight part)
||Just drop a few unnerving facts, and the extraterrestrials can be the blue menace. No actors necessary, just scaremongering required.
||// hating these faux jerks. //
||Isn't this what politicians are for ?
||Isn't this just Eurasia, as per 1984?
||Emannuel Goldstein would deny it; you'll have to check with the Ministry of Truth ...
||The idea of "Someone for everyone to hate" is Baked, in a rather darker way, in John Brunner's short story "Badman"; and of course the Pythons came up with the (in)famous slogan "Something to offend everyone".
||// Isn't this what politicians are for // Sort of, but since
they are in charge of running the government, it makes
things rather messy.
||One big problem I see with this idea is that no matter how
horrible you try to make this group out to be, some real
would identify with them, adopt they