Hulk Smash!: A Tirade Against On-Screen Anger

Hulk smash!
Me angry, so me destroy everything!
I often find myself getting angry at movies and television shows because of what I call “Hulk outs.”
When a character gets upset, one of the most common dramatic tropes is for them to destroy things.
“Me angry! Me swipe everything off table!”
“Me angry! Me throw something at wall!”
“Me angry! Me trash entire room!”
I’ve had some angry moments, but I can’t specifically recall a time in my adult life where I’ve destroyed something as a result of it.
OK, so if I’m on a lawnmower and I get whipped in the face by a tree branch, I might break it off.
That’s the extent of my “Hulk SMASH!” moments.
I know this stuff happens. People, especially if they have been drinking, can get angry and go on a rampage.
But it doesn’t happen THAT often.
So many actors use “the Hulk out” to show anger, I don’t know how I’ve been able to resist their example and find restraint in my life. Maybe it’s because I’m cheap. Or maybe it’s because the last thing I want to have to do is go shopping.
I watch these scenes play out, and all I can think is, “That was a nice set of china! Why would you destroy that!? Aww, poor plates. Now you’re going to have to go out and buy new ones, you loser …”

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