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I know this will confuse some people, but so be it. What follows is an analogy of a growing amount of outrage. I've had the analogue of this argument several times recently.

The Setup

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rates movies. They assign a rating based on a set of standards.

Movie studios make movies. The studios decide which scripts to purchase and turn into movies.

The MPAA doesn't tell the studios which movies to make, or how to make those movies.

The Manufactured Outrage

A guy goes to see Movie X at the theater. Before the movie starts, there's a notice that the MPAA has rated this movie PG-13.

The guy hates the movie. He thinks the plot was unintelligible, the acting was horrible, and there was no coherent ending.

The guy starts a petition to ban the MPAA, who he blames for the bad movie.

"The MPAA is ridiculous and needs to go away! I just went and saw The MPAA Movie X [sic], and it was horrible!", says the guy.

A reasonable person points out the MPAA had nothing to do with the making of the movie. All they did was rate it based on a set of standards.

The guy doesn't buy it. "It's the MPAA's movie. Their logo was the first thing I saw at the theater. Besides, there were no other movies playing at the theater when I wanted to see a movie. The MPAA is forcing the theater to play their movie!"

The reasonable person points out each incorrect assertion, backed up by proof that the MPAA doesn't actually make movies, nor do they tell theaters what to play.

The guy says "The MPAA is stupid. You must be a liberal."

The reasonable guy gives up trying to reason with someone who lacks common sense and the ability to reason.

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