Regular readers of this website know that their friendly neighborhood blogger is rooting for the Sweet Meteor of Death in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This is a propaganda-free zone in terms of the race for the White House, which is why Terry Crews must be called out for the decision to film anti-Trump commercials with screenwriter Etan Coan and director Mike Judge.
Buzzfeed reported June 3:
Idiocracy screenwriter Etan Cohen talks to BuzzFeed News about his 2006 movie “coming true” with the 2016 election and the anti-Trump ads he’s working on with Camacho himself, Terry Crews. …
Cohen and [director Mike] Judge have always maintained that the movie had a kernel of truth to it, but, Cohen said, “We just thought it would take much, much longer to get to this point.” The film was meant as a satire of the obsession with celebrity and entertainment culture in America. “Obviously, when writing the movie, we knew that that was true about TV and movies and pop culture,” he said. “But it was a crazy joke to think that it could be extrapolated to politics. It seems to be happening really rapidly.” …
Cohen felt a call to action, saying these ads are very important to him. “This is what satire is for … to be able to hold up a mirror and say, ‘This is crazy,’” he said. “Idiocracy was like that, but this all of a sudden felt like a very immediate need for the true meaning of satire and what it can actually do.”
Terry Crews seems like an amazing guy. It is hard to resist his charm. He probably has the best of intentions in terms of filming his anti-Trump ads, but if he really wants to help stop a Trump administration from ever happening then he will not say a word about politics until after Nov. 8, 2016.
Donald Trump’s popularity is a symptom of a much larger cultural disease. Many factors were at play during his race to secure the Republican presidential nomination, but one of them was the predilection of Hollywood actors and actresses to mock anyone who does not share their political preferences.
The people who will laugh and giggle at anti-Trump ads featuring Idiocracy’s “President Camacho” were never going to vote for Donald Trump to begin with. The commercials will do little more than reenforce Trump’s critics’ existing beliefs. Meanwhile, the ads will serve as further proof to Mr. Trump’s supporters that Hollywood, the mainstream media, and “the establishment” are out to get them.
- Mr. Crews’ videos will turn passive Trump supporters into people who make phone calls for the man.
- Mr. Crews’ videos will prompt people who already make phone calls for Mr. Trump to now go door-to-door on his behalf.
- Mr. Crews’ videos will inspire small donors to Mr. Trump’s campaign to find an extra $50-$100 to donate.
In short, Hollywood’s efforts to destroy Mr. Trump’s campaign through expensive media mockery plays right into his Us vs. Them stump speech. Worse, it causes guys like me — Sweet Meteor of Death supporters — to feel sympathy for Mr. Trump’s campaign.
Question: If Mr. Cohen was worried about celebrity culture seeping into U.S. politics, then why did he never make satirical videos mocking President Obama’s decision to sell Obamacare on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis?
Question: If Mr. Cohen was worried about celebrity culture corrupting U.S. politics, then why wasn’t he making satirical videos when all of Hollywood created creepy political ads straight out of a Star Trek episode featuring The Borg.
Hollywood turned the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections into a popularity contest akin to an episode of American Idol, and now that Mr. Trump transformed it into The Apprentice they want to quickly unwind the clock. It’s too late for that.
The best option is for Hollywood screenwriters, directors, and actors to go away. If they do not, then they will only have themselves to blame when Mr. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.