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Writer of Hit Movie ‘Idiocracy’ Surprised to Learn that His Work Has “Become a Documentary”
Claire Bernish February 25, 2016 40
It’s official. Etan Cohen agrees with the rest of us — Idiocracy turned out to be a documentary, after all.
Cohen, who co-wrote the satirical, er, now-documentary with Beavis & Butthead creator, Mike Judge, in 2006, tweeted his sentiment on Wednesday:
“I never expected #idiocracy to become a documentary.”
Idiocracy, which has garnered cult status, follows a man who awakens in the future in America to discover everyone — from average joes to politicians — is an idiot.
Though many suspect Cohen had to have imagined the possibility Idiocracy would prove portentous, the writer claims surprise at its ‘accuracy.’
People reacted to Cohen’s tweet in droves. One person asked, “why not? 1984 became the current handbook for gov’t” — to which he wryly quipped, “and in the words of 1984 this is double-plus ungood.”
Cohen also told his followers, “I thought the worst thing that would come true was everyone wearing Crocs.”
Terry Crews, made famous for his role in Idiocracy as President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, took the opportunity to express his cynicism about the Orwellian election — in character:
“All y’all need to stop tripping,” Crews tweeted. “Chill the F out, ‘Merica.”
To the readers of the Free Thought Project, the notion of idocracy is, sadly, nothing new. As we reported late last year, residents of Bridgeport, CT, were dumb enough to elect a convicted felon as their mayor.
Of course, being a convicted felon does not automatically make you a bad person. However, in this case, there was no excuse.
At 43-years-old, Joseph P. Ganim had been the mayor of Connecticut’s largest city for 12 years before stepping down to be arrested and convicted on multiple corruption charges.
On March 19, 2003, a federal court convicted Ganim of 16 counts of criminal misconduct, including racketeering, extortion, bribery, tax evasion and mail fraud.
Ganim spent years in jail for crimes he committed against the people of Bridgeport, only to get out and be elected mayor.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, after being reelected in a landslide vote, Joe Ganim was sworn into the office of the mayor – for the second time. Only now, this pillar of society is a convicted felon.+
Idocracy is indeed real.