Godspeed, Syd Mead

What a sad incident to end the decade! “Visual futurist” known as art director in Blade Runner, TRON, and Aliens and the person who designed the titular (and some other) mecha in Turn-A Gundam, Syd Mead, has died, Monday 30th December 2019.

Thanks to his role as art director of Blade Runner, he pioneered the aesthetics of cyberpunk, and he was also influential on the aesthetics of games Mass Effect and the recently-released Death Stranding. His Blade Runner concepts also inspired the design of the Tesla Cybertruck, which he liked.

But at one time he also drew erotic stuff which apparently inspired the design of Daft Punk’s helmets… Could leftists smear him for his eroticism?

Here are some of his designs:

Alien’s hypersleep chambers
His more optimistic works
Mass Effect’s Mako’s and Citadel’s aesthetic inspiration

There are more of his designs here.

So, on behalf of the entire IDDQD Press team, thank you, Syd Mead, for redefining science fiction (especially scifi aesthetics) as we know it.

Godspeed.

212 thoughts on “Godspeed, Syd Mead

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      Anonymous says:

      Woah nigga, you really expect me to read all that shit, by (You)?

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    Anonymous says:

    Love the designs, too bad he had to die so soon :/
    Anyone know the cause?

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    Anonymous says:

    >Syd Mead is dead
    >the retards ruining Cyberpunk are alive

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    Anonymous says:

    Aliens, not Alien. Alien was Ron Cobb and Dan O'Bannon.

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    Anonymous says:

    Don't forget Yamato 2520, which is pure soulful.

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        Anonymous says:

        yeah

        It was left unfinished after only three episodes (of planned ten) were released cuz of that greedy, retarded nip sued them into oblivion. That kino is lost forever.

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            Anonymous says:

            I know right, but you can watch 3 of them – find them in the torrent. They are really good ones. Quite kino.

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            Anonymous says:

            I think I'll do just that. AnimeBytes, here I come

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    Anonymous says:

    >Could leftists smear him for his eroticism?
    why would you write this into a obituary article? the fuck is wrong with reactionaries?
    secondly, look at this. this is some gay space communism shit.

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      Anonymous says:

      >why would you write this into a obituary article? the fuck is wrong with reactionaries?

      Because leftists smear everybody for stupid shit. It's a legitimate question.

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      Anonymous says:

      Shut the fuck up, you have no right to talk about morality when your entire (genetic) ideology is based on demonizing everyone who disagrees with you. A supreme narcissism.

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        Anonymous says:

        angry virgins who clap when a schizo shoots up a kindergarten to own the jews aren't everyone

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          Anonymous says:

          Nobody wants to hear your opinion you stupid wojak poster. I mean, its no surprise that only leftists are behind the wojak posting. Remember, leftists mentality functions on the belief that any sane human who disagrees with them is evil.

          There is a reason so many communists states had communists like you tortured and murdered. You cannot tolerate such people if you want a functional state. And you cannot have a functional community if you tolerate people like you.

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            Anonymous says:

            >sperging out in an obituary on the Internet is torturing leftists

            >communists tortured communists because you can't have a functional communist society with any communists (implying communist society was functional)

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          Anonymous says:

          >angry virgins who clap when a schizo shoots up a kindergarten to own the jews aren't everyone

          Didn't Stalin torture Bukharin and made the little faggot ass communist admit in the show trial that he was a fascists? Or how a bunch of far left critics of Mao were called Right wingers and then purged during the Anti-Rightists movement by destroying them and their children? Are you insulting Stalin and Mao bro? They seemed to have thought the same.

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          Anonymous says:

          >things that never happened.
          Most right winger shooters get mocked by the rest of the right wing because they end up shooting the wrong people.

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      Anonymous says:

      >DA ES JAY DABLUS in an obituary
      Suck fucking people I swear
      >space communism
      It’s unorinically a great aesthetic

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        Anonymous says:

        They aren't talking about SJW, they are talking about leftists, you fucking clown.

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          Anonymous says:

          Leftists and SJWs are pretty much the same thing
          But why write that in an obituary? That will stay up for hundreds of years, why refer to something minuscule and irrelevant like that?

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            Anonymous says:

            Because it isn't miniscule nor is it irrelevant.

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            Anonymous says:

            It's too purge the leftists from the community, especially as a warning to the leftists who targeted him before.

            It's kinda like how Stalin learned the best way to make a comrade admit he was wrong, was to torture him. Or how Latin American gangs learn you can torture the communism out of a leftists.

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            Anonymous says:

            This isn't an obit, it's a blogpost by some nobody.

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            Anonymous says:

            Nah, check the site out. I think it's a new publication or something. They have a bunch of people writing for it.

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            Anonymous says:

            >That will stay up for hundreds of years
            A little optimistic there, anon. Most web pages probably don't last a decade.

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      Anonymous says:

      Because it's not an obituary, it's an article on his death and it's a legitimate concern.

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    Anonymous says:

    It's good he died before he had to see Cyberpunk 2077. God showed him mercy.

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    Anonymous says:

    He also inspired Mirror's Edge Catalyst's artstyle I think,

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      Anonymous says:

      yeah, but his vision of LA turned out to be wrong. Now, it is a shithole filled with niggers, spics, etc. Pretty sad.

      He did Yamato 2520, which is pure kino, but it was left unfinished after only three episodes (of planned ten) were released cuz of that stupid law suit by a greedy nip.

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    Anonymous says:

    He's in a better place now, a place where all the cars are shiny chrome and all the animals are exotic and genetically modified.

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      Anonymous says:

      It does look better than what we have now. Nips made it worst.

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        Anonymous says:

        Retard, Tomino himself (a nip and the creator of Gundam) chose Syd Mead to be the mecha designer for Turn A Gundam.

        Other Gundam shows have nothing to do with this and follow different design philosophies.

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    Anonymous says:

    >John Witherspoon dies
    >/v/ thread: Who gives a fuck about this nigger take it to /tv/
    >Syd Mead dies
    >/v/ thread: omg so sad FFFFFFFFFFFF

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      Anonymous says:

      The only person who would have a problem with that, is a leftists. You have to smash their face a number of time before they learn to stay the fuck out of any decent community. If you don't, they get the impression they are welcomed.

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        Anonymous says:

        why do you let them live in your head rent-free for eternity?

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    Anonymous says:

    >The only person who would have a problem with that, is a leftists. You have to smash their face a number of time before they learn to stay the fuck out of any decent community. If you don't, they get the impression they are welcomed.

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    Anonymous says:

    >someone dies
    >Yeah, that's a good time to bring politics!

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          Anonymous says:

          Yes. SYD MEAD – FUTURE CITIES – Exhibition at the gallery O&O Depot in Berlin

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            Anonymous says:

            >Exhibition at the gallery O&O Depot in Berlin

            I will add it to my Germany 2020 trip.

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            Anonymous says:

            >only till 16.01.20

            Fitting. It's important that we supplant his straight white male "art" with with real art, like canvases that are splattered with paint squeezed from some faggot's sphincter.

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            Anonymous says:

            Anon, every exhibition is temporary aside from stuff like in Albertina with classic paintings, no need to be mad

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      Anonymous says:

      Can you go two minutes without thinking about minorities?

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      Anonymous says:

      Crackers can't even do this in Silicon Valley or New York City. Meanwhile Singapore and Shangai look futuristic as fuck. Imagine if this whole world was only Asians. Fuck Human species and fuck this generation.

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    Anonymous says:

    >Work as a sci-fi artist and futurist for 20 years in near complete obscurity for pennies
    >Don't catch your big break until you do V'ger for Star Trek the Motion Picture in '79 at age 46
    Ouch, at least he was persistent though. I would have given up long before that.

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    Anonymous says:

    That is a fucking bummer to end the year right there. What an incredible artist. Big F. RIP

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    Anonymous says:

    Well good. Turn A Gundam was fucking shit despite being UC.

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    Anonymous says:

    imagine being this obsessed about people living inside your head.

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        Anonymous says:

        but leftists are living inside your head for ever and ever.

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          Anonymous says:

          Those will die when their ideologies do. Then, at best
          >lol remember that 2nd wave of hippies that went nowhere in the 2010's?
          In the mean time, I will do my best to hate them to death while they kill themselves.

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            Anonymous says:

            >Those will die when their ideologies do. Then, at best
            nope, you'll still remember them forever more, and they'll continue to pay no rent whatsoever.

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            Anonymous says:

            They can't pay rent if they're dead.

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            Anonymous says:

            they're living in your head right now, and you've never received a single cent from them all this time.

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    Anonymous says:

    LITERALLY WHO?????????????????????????????????????????

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    Anonymous says:

    a shame he didn't live long enough to see what he had envisioned become a reality. only a shadow of a glimpse so far

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      Anonymous says:

      The reality he envisioned could never come true while Jews are still around, sadly.

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    Anonymous says:

    >Could leftists smear him for his eroticism?
    They're already doing that even if they not once heard of this man before and especially if they themselves are guilty of the same thing.

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    Anonymous says:

    Rest in piece big man. We will play your games 20 years from now

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      Anonymous says:

      This, 20 years from now mirror's edge 1 will be a treat to play in 20k resolution and fully ray traced reflections/shadows

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    Anonymous says:

    4chan's obsession with communism is truly a sight to behold. Damb boomers.
    And I'm surprised your version of stalin isn't bathing in virgin blood and eating newborn children daily.

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      Anonymous says:

      Yeah, its almost like murdering 100 million people has something do with that.

      Also, for being the only political ideology to invent a pseudoscience to deny genetics and killing scientists for studying it.

      Also because only a narcissistic are communists. No one is a communists because they feel love for the working class, but for the utter love of power and the idea of destroying your enemies and making sure no one opposes you.

      Stalin also committed a genocide, the only good thing he did was murdering and torturing other communists, wish there was video footage of it, so its good to know that you just flat out admitted your a communists, only a communist would have a problem with OP. Don't tolerate leftists. Until we can genetically eradicate leftists genetics from humanity, they need to be kept away.

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        Anonymous says:

        How do you become brainwashed like this? Is it fluoride water, trasnfats or bullshit spewing 24/7 from every media outlet?

        >Also, for being the only political ideology to invent a pseudoscience to deny genetics and killing scientists for studying it.
        That's a new one.

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    Anonymous says:

    Woulda been nice to talk about this dude's amazing art in this thread.

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        Anonymous says:

        No, we just need to ban the little piece of shit leftists who derailed this thread because he felt the need to comment on the audacity of people addressing the dangers of his human garbage attacking Syd Mead. Despite that leftists types have attacked Syd Mead personally.

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          Anonymous says:

          Maybe we should ban dirtbags like you who use a persons Death to shill their fucking blog

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          Anonymous says:

          >No, we just need to ban the little piece of shit leftists who derailed this thread because he felt the need to comment on the audacity of people addressing the dangers of his human garbage attacking Syd Mead. Despite that leftists types have attacked Syd Mead personally.

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    Anonymous says:

    >Nobody wants to hear your opinion you stupid wojak poster. I mean, its no surprise that only leftists are behind the wojak posting. Remember, leftists mentality functions on the belief that any sane human who disagrees with them is evil.

    >There is a reason so many communists states had communists like you tortured and murdered. You cannot tolerate such people if you want a functional state. And you cannot have a functional community if you tolerate people like you.

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      Anonymous says:

      Ah there we go. The leftists mentality of "everyone who opposes me is evil so I will automatically demonize them with the demon words". See, that is why you don't tolerate them. Now they are wojakposting and derailing the thread. Human trash.

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        Anonymous says:

        did saying 'rightwing incel' hit a bit too close to home?

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    Anonymous says:

    Do you know that Syd Mead is not married and having any kids?

    Pic related: Mead was in a personal relationship with life partner Roger Servick, who also became a business manager in 1991.

    What does it mean? Yup, Syd Mead is gay. A based gay.

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      Anonymous says:

      I don't care if he's gay as long as he makes good shit, which he did in life.

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      Anonymous says:

      Liberals or SJWs who shamed, bullied him should be ashamed of themselves.

      I just see Syd Mead as an absolute man, not just gay or straight. Just a MAN! He would be a good example for all gays.

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    Anonymous says:

    Fucking /pol/tards can't even talk about someone dying without shoving in their anti LGBT views.

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      Anonymous says:

      What anti-LGBT views? I don't see anything anti-LGBT in the article.

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    Anonymous says:

    What does it say about the state of /v/ when /tv/ of all boards has a much better thread on this exact same subject

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    Anonymous says:

    >Could leftists smear him for his eroticism?

    They already did.

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    Anonymous says:

    >worked on me2
    Really shouldn't be on the list if you want him to be taken seriously

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    Anonymous says:

    He's been drawing alternate covers for the new Blade Runner comic. Dude still does quality work.

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    Anonymous says:

    >hey look a dude died
    >lets use it as yet another platform to bitch about twitter liberals
    Literally obsessed.

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        Anonymous says:

        What kind of zoomer faggot do you have to be to not know what a speaking platform is?

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    Anonymous says:

    Who gives a shit about gundam, big robots are BORING!

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    Anonymous says:

    ME1 specifically was the first and last game to ever successfully modernize 70's-80's hard sci-fi in vidya (wasn't really feelin Prey tbqh senpaitachi), I remember old EGM articles citing Blade Runner and Total Recall specifically in interviews, which after playing, is Total Recall's Kuato moment turned into an entire game, and Blade Runner and Johnny Mnemonic in a battle to the death for dominance aesthetically. Once Bioware focused on dating, the only places in ME2 that gave me that same vibe scale/design-wise were the Collector ship and Illium, ESPECIALLY Thane's recruitment quest. ME3 is a depressing blue-grey mess, and just lmao @ everything else calling itself a Mass Effect game after

    Going out on 2049 is pretty good

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    Anonymous says:

    The same Syd Mead that worked on Turn A Gundams?? RIP

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      Anonymous says:

      He only did the mechanical designs. He did not make the trap.

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          Anonymous says:

          I think it took him over 100 sketches for the turn x alone

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            Anonymous says:

            Also the sumo was going to be the gundam. I dont remember why they changed it. Maybe it didnt look gundam enough.

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    Anonymous says:

    >Massive influence on cyberpunk
    >The cyberpunk game of the decade is gonna abandon his designs
    Sorry not sorry, Boomer

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      Anonymous says:

      >implying the characters vehicle doesn't look like something from Blade Runner

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    Anonymous says:

    >tfw the director of a ton of futuristic films dies 1 day before the start of the 2020s

    hmm

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    Anonymous says:

    Syd Mead sounds like a name only Tomino would come up with

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    Anonymous says:

    Fuck anime, wasn't this dude the set designer for Blade Runner?

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      Anonymous says:

      Did lots of good and influential scifi design. Mass Effect practically copied his style entirely. One specific thing from him I remember is Sulaco in Aliens.

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      Anonymous says:

      You probably watched some of his stuff without realizing it.

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    Anonymous says:

    >amerimutt-scented political shilling out of nowhere in a fucking eulogy
    What a retarded and despicable shitbag.

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    Anonymous says:

    >CAN LEFTIST SMEAR HIM???
    Gee, that eulogy sure ended on a high IQ note…

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    Anonymous says:

    >could leftists smear him for eroticism
    way to kill my sympathy, even in mourning coomers can't take their hands off their dicks.

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      Anonymous says:

      >coomers

      Leftists already have given him shit for his eroticism, though.

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      Anonymous says:

      Why the fuck would you shoehorn politics into this? Are you fucking idiots or what?

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        Anonymous says:

        >shoehorn

        Given how lefties just… are… it's kind of a pertinent question. Honestly.

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          Anonymous says:

          No it isn't, that's you always trying to make it all about your political opponents and trying to find someone to blame for your shortcomings. There's absolutely no relevance the political opinions of others into his death and it's not an interesting subject either. It's you saying "whoa this is their fault surely? Trump 2020!"

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            Anonymous says:

            >one little comment anticipating leftists do what leftists always do
            >discord trannies go into damage control mode asking us to not bring up politics

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            Anonymous says:

            One little unnecessary comment and another comment saying how that's unnecessary. You're the one anticipating shit, I've seen nothing but mourning all day but leave it to obsessed /pol/ retards to make it all about their culture war.

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            Anonymous says:

            >leftists push their agenda constantly in all media everywhere
            >"one little unnecessary" comment from a rightist
            >lose their fucking minds

            Seethe more, tranny.

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            Anonymous says:

            Oh here we go again, time for the smart replies:
            kys incel, cope harder, projecting much?

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            Anonymous says:

            >boy I sure hope leftists don't do what they always do
            >"OH MY GOD WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO DO WHAT WE ALWAYS DO OH MY GOD I CAN'T EVEN"
            Seriously though, fuck off.

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            Anonymous says:

            >Making it all about politics in first place
            >"f-fuck off"
            Nah, thread was ruined from the start. Your own fault, little bitch.

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            Anonymous says:

            >one little comment
            >"it's all about politics in the first place!!"

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            Anonymous says:

            And yet here you are, still debating this and crying over the politics you yourself injected into this instead of talking about the guy. Really makes you think.

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            Anonymous says:

            I didn't inject shit, I'm responding to the article.

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            Anonymous says:

            righties dont get to enjoy media in anyform because creators are never on their team. cry more

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            Anonymous says:

            I agree with that anon. It's really annoying seeing these whiny "men" always bring that up, it's like that fat beard guy on JewTube making a video about those guys that stopped that terrorist attack on the London Bridge or whatever and he labelled the video as TOXIC MASCULINTY SAVES LIVES and went on and on about feminist politics instead of talking about what actually happened and celebrating these guys

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