In September 2006, 20th Century Fox released Mike Judge’s third feature film, Idiocracy, for a limited run. Yes, even after his two international hits, Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill, Mike Judge’s hilarious yet darkly prophetic voice was hushed by the very studio profiting from his success. Cut to today and the parallels between the film and reality are so stark it’s frightening. Here are five things Idiocracy predicted that sadly came true:
- The President of the United States is a Man-Child
We all laughed at Terry Crews character, President Camacho; comfortable in the knowledge that we will never, ever, witness such poor behavior from a world leader behind a podium. We guffawed at the way he rallied his citizens like a rock-star while making trivial statements. We’re certainly not laughing now…
- Earth Is A Giant Trash Heap
In Idiocracy, Earth is a giant trash heap and there is rubbish everywhere. Sound familiar? There have been claims that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, so again, truth is approaching fiction.
- We’re Growing Into Our Screens
Idiocracy introduced us to a Character (Frito) who was so distracted by what was on his television screen that when protagonist Joe came crashing through his living-room wall, he didn’t move a muscle. Today, you can walk into any restaurant and observe a couple so distracted by their phones that it’s almost as if they’ve forgotten that they’re on a date. In fact we ALL walk around with portable screens, staring into them right up until we’re forced to interact with each other.
- Advertisements are Everywhere
Idiocracy depicts a future where advertisements are more pervasive. Though this has been widely observed by the masses, what we didn’t quite imagine a decade ago was that algorithms would be written to tailor advertisements to our preferences. If you find yourself browsing Amazon for snowboard shoes one day, within an hour you’ll see advertisements for the product on almost every site you visit. In fact, depending on the model of your mobile device, you may find that just having conversations about products via social media over a phone call would lead to those products being advertised to you throughout your day surfing the web.
- Celebrities are Worshipped for Little to Nothing
Danielle Bregoli A.K.A. Bhad Bhabie/“Cash Me Outside” Girl rose to fame after an appearance on the CBS aired Dr. Phil show, in which she frequently swore, spoke like a rude gangster and threatened an audience member. She has now signed a multi-million dollar deal with Atlantic records as a rapper and has become a hugely popular social media personality.
- Entertainment is on a Steep Decline
Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”, a rap track about little b*tches not being able to f*ck with her (if they wanted to) was the longest running No.1 hit in the United States by a solo female artist, a record previously held by Lauryn Hill for “Doo Wop”.