Etan Cohen co-wrote the movie, Idiocracy, as a comedy about a government run by idiots. That was in 2006. Little did he know how close to the mark the apocalyptic political satire really was/is.
Check this out.
The basic plot: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American,” is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes up five centuries later and discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive. Everyone, including government officials and lawmakers, is a moron. “The intelligent,” the narrator explains, have become an “endangered species.”
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
Cohen says the satire has become reality. He recently tweeted: “I never expected ‘Idiocracy’ to become a documentary”:
I never expected
#idiocracy to become a documentary.
“I thought the worst thing that would come true was everyone wearing Crocs.”
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H/T: The Huffington Post
Note: A version of this post, by yours truly, first appeared in BuzzPo.
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