2012: The Year That "Idiocracy" Moments Broke the Scale, Part 1
As our friend Bil pointed out in a comment on our colleague Noah's Sunday evening post "Need a last-minute Christmas gift suggestion?," Noah has not done one of his traditional blockbuster multipart end-of-year holiday series. I'm afraid plates have been rather full in the Noah household this holiday season, but I thought what we might do is to repeat last year's enormously popular series based on one of Noah's favorite films, Mike Judge's Idiocracy. (Also check out Noah's new "50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles" and "A Tale of Two Popes -- the one in the Vatican and the one in North Carolina.") -- Ken
2012 was the year of the memorable "Idiocracy moment" when a Republican presidential candidate couldn't count to 3.
One of my favorite films of all time is Mike Judge’s Idiocracy. Is it a great film, strictly speaking? No. Does it hold more truths about the sad state of our society than any ten other films? Absolutely! It is the world that I see around me.
Having served my time in corporate America, I can relate to Joe Bauers. It's a world where you better park most of your vocabulary in the back of your brain, and God help you if you know how to sell your product or use logic to solve a problem. You might be askin' for a beatdown.
In the same time, corporate sponsorship has taken the next, most obviously logical step. The stars on our flag are now fast-food chain Carl's Jr. yellow stars, and even federal government buildings (State Dept., Agriculture Dept., etc.) are named like sports stadiums. Also, the president of the United States is an ex-professional wrestler. (Jesse Ventura, anyone?) Really, the world of Idiocracy is not much of a stretch from our present day.
With all that said, I have gathered up a small list of some "Idiocracy moments" that I observed over the crazy year of 2012, a year where the Idiocracy really came to the foreground -- the biggest, saddest reality show of all time.
1. The Entire Republican Primary Season
There's no need to go into detail here. It was an appalling scene that played out across the months. Fast Food man Herman Cain -- 9-9-9. Rick Perry, who incredibly is the governor of a whole state, reportedly hates Methodists for welcoming gays, and he can’t even count to 3 (see clip above). Newt "I'm Gonna Be the Candidate" Gingrich, Mitt "Corporations Are People, My Friend" Romney -- take your pick. Perfect Idiocracy.
Here’s Idiocracy’s President Comacho. Just imagine if Herman Cain was president and some Idiocracy congressloon from South Carolina shouted out, "You lie!"
Like I said, Idiocracy is only a slight exaggeration of our reality. Or is it an exaggeration at all?
SOUTH CAROLINA REPRESENTATIVE: That's what you said last time, dipshit.
2. Bad, bad computer!
As I write this post, a madman who serves as the head of a front for the armaments industry and gun runners everywhere, a man named Wayne LaPierre, is giving a crazed, desperate, evil lecture on my TV, like some cartoonish Latin American dictator from the 1960s. He is extolling the virtues of gun owners, promoting sales of more and more guns and ammo, and blaming recent mass murders on everything under the sun except the out-of-control proliferation of guns in our country, and calling for not one more law. It's another "out of my cold dead hands" moment and more. To him, the solution is more, more, more. Sell, sell, sell!
Back in February, a North Carolina man, infuriated when his spoiled teenage daughter complained on her Facebook page about having to do some household chores, did what any good old rational yahoo would do.
I'm glad he didn't shoot his sweet little princess. That happens a lot in our society. And I know kids can be really frustrating little critters but, what has he taught his child? Kids often end up solving problems as adults the same way their parents did. Monkey see, monkey do. Maybe one day she'll be using an AK-47 on her kids' computers. LaPierre will, of course, blame a video game or some heavy-metal record, but maybe, instead of blaming Hollywood, he should blame the movie this father made, if he wants to blame movies.
Meanwhile, how much of the kid's schoolwork was on that computer? And, how attention-craving do you have to be that you film the episode and upload it to YouTube? He didn't exactly keep the discipline in the family or in the house, did he? Is Daddy teaching his kid a lesson at this point, or is he just hoping for some notoriety? Well, you got it, buddy. This clown is a candidate for the Jerry Springer Show. They can have a "Dads Who Shoot Inanimate Objects" day -- sponsored by the NRA, of course.
Personally, I save my gunplay for vending machines that don't give me what I paid for. Not to worry, I only used licensed weapons, except for that time I put a grenade in the dispenser slot, pulled the pin with a string, and ran away. (Idiot me: I didn’t think to film it!) LaPierre would probably defend that.
In Idiocracy, a frustrated woman robbed by a vending machine freaks out all over it, until a vapor of traquilizer sprays her and she is carted away. Don't hit your laptop. One day soon, the newest version of Windows might have that spray feature.
3. The Bizarre Inner World of Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield
Stacey Campfield worships at the church of his own ignorance. He thinks you choose to be gay. No! You, Stacy, and others like you, choose to be ignorant fools.
Campfield is the man who spearheaded Tennessee’s "Don’t Say Gay" bill. That's it! Don’t say it and "it" won’t exist! Brilliant! If only this were true, I would never say "Republican" again. And oh, how I long for a world where you could just not say "Hannity"!
More evidence of Senator Campfield’s brilliance includes these timeless utterances:
Disclaimer: One of the above quotes in fact is from Idiocracy. I'll let you decide which.
"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community. . . . It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall."
"My understanding is that it is virtually, not completely, but virtually, impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex . . . very rarely."
"What's the average lifespan of a homosexual? It's very short. Google it yourself."
"Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population, yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it's 50% of the theaters, probably more than that, 50% of the theaters based on something about homosexuality."
"There was a time when reading wasn't just for fags. And neither was writing. People wrote books and movies. Movies with stories. . . . "
Tennesseeans must be very proud of this guy. They obviously feel that he speaks for them. He is also known for referring to Africans as not being "regular people."
IN AN ALL TOO IRONIC MOVE . . .
What passes for the corporate geniuses at 20th Century FOX buried Idiocracy. They couldn't handle the truth. The movie was shown in fewer than 10 theaters nationwide and it was gone. Or so they thought. Since then, sentient human beings have had their say. The movie has -- like Judge's previous film, Office Space -- become a huge DVD and late-night-cable-TV hit. It escaped the clutches of the Hollywood troglodytes. Damn subversive!
TOMORROW: MORE IDIOCRACY MOMENTS FROM 2012!
THE IDIOCRACY FILES
The world of Mike Judge's 2006 film Idiocracy, projected for 500 years into the future, arrives 494 years early!
"As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent, but as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution doesn't necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most and left the intelligent to become an endangered species."
-- The Narrator, Idiocracy
Part 1: 2012: The Year That Idiocracy Moments Broke the Scale
Part 2: More Idiocracy Moments for 2012
Part 3: Republicans Seek to Create a New Country. It's Called Crackpotopia!!!
Part 4: Special Arkansas Edition
Part 5: The U.S. $enate Meets with Its Landlord