The “you can’t handle the truth” speech from the movie “A Few Good Men” is often played in clips on award shows or in movie retrospectives—almost invariably out of context.
It’s delivered by Jack Nicholson, who plays U.S. Marine Col. Nathan Jessup. The “truth” he’s talking about while on the stand during a court-martial is the extrajudicial killing of a fellow marine. Jessup is later arrested.
Perhaps the people who run the Twitter account for the New York Police Department’s Midtown South division weren’t aware of that context when they posted this image for “motivational Monday” this week:
Twitter users quickly informed the NYPD of the context:
It takes uncommon talent to miss the point this badly. https://t.co/FFVccSKoMM
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 15, 2014
Hey @NYPDMTS: do u not get the irony of tweeting dialogue from a guy who committed perjury 2 justify murder, so as 2 justify selves? Wow