It’s almost a cliché to say that the 2006 Mike Judge film, Idiocracy, is becoming more and more a reality with each passing day. If you stop and think about it, however, you might come to the startling conclusion that, as cliché as it might be, there’s a lot of truth in it.
Here are just a few of the many ways this dystopian nightmare future is bleeding into our everyday lives.
Donald Trump is a Leading Presidential Candidate
What was once a bad joke that everyone was sure would eventually wear itself out has become a bad joke that we can no longer discount. It just might be a serious threat to the future of America.
Political candidates of yesteryear would have been unelectable after statements about Mexicans being rapists or suggesting all 1.6 billion Muslims of the world be banned from entering the country. Unfortunately, since we now live in a bizarre universe, these quotes not only don’t sink the Teflon Donald’s campaign, they actually seem to shore up more support from his fans.
Former pro wrestler-turned-President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho from Idiocracy might seem like a far stretch from the bloviating Trump, but maybe you don’t remember that Mr. Trump himself had a year-long stint in the WWE and “bought” Monday Night RAW from owner Vince MacMahon.
The dystopian world of Idiocracy was partially an indictment of failings in modern environmentalism. Future Earth’s citizens couldn’t be bothered to properly dispose of trash, let alone recycle, thus culminating in the “Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505.”
While the Western world is starting to get its proverbial shit together with regards to climate change, we still haven’t mastered the art of recycling or waste. And not every country even cares about that. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a testament to this growing issue.
When Luke Wilson’s character Joe Bauers first comprehends he’s woken up in the future, he looks out the window and takes in the dirty, dilapidated world of the future. He sees skyscrapers topped like dominoes, buildings held together like twine, and lastly, a roadway in utter disrepair that sends a car careening off the crumbled edge.
While this may sound like a far fetched Looney Tunes bit, unfortunately it’s all too real. In 2007, less than a year after the film’s release, a bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed suddenly, killing 13 people and injuring another 145.
It’s a miracle there haven’t been more tragedies of that scale since as a 2013 report of the National Bridge Inventory by the Associated Press revealed a staggering 65,605 bridges were classified as “structurally deficient” and 20,808 more classified as “fracture critical.” Who knows when the next collapse will happen?
Fast Food Product Names
The Carl’s Jr. of the Idiocracy universe gets a laugh from the audience by advertising “Extra Big-Ass Tacos,” but just how far off the mark are they from real life?
It’s no secret that fast food companies market primarily to men, but some of the names in recent years have become a bit absurd.
2008 saw Burger King introduce the “Angry Whopper.” Then there have been the wildly successful Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell that imply one must be crazy to eat them.
This doesn’t even bring into account the almost comically overt use of sex to sell burgers being employed by Carl’s Jr. and Hardees.
How long before there are just billboards insulting you for not buying the product?