Centuries of consumerism and way too much television have reduced the citizenry to moronic zombies and the greatest advances in technology are huge multi-screened HDTVs that allow for a number of reality trash programs to be shown simultaneously while the viewer is ensconced upon a huge plush chair that doubles as a toilet where one can enjoy the cultural delights of fare the likes of "Ass", "Ow! My Balls" and the "Masturbation Channel", three examples of the evolution of programming like American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and Duck Dynasty. You don't need a time machine to witness the degradation from the explosion of potty humor as entertainment that have made even our 2014 society shallower and dumber. In Idiocracy corporations like Starbucks offer sexual favors on their menu next to the latte and the automated Carl's Jr. order system spews insults and cheats customers. The scene that takes place at St. God's Memorial Hospital with the health care system being reduced to a combination fast food joint/casino is down and out classic for all of those whose lives are devoted to bitching about Obamacare.
The society that Joe finds himself in is mean, greedy and stupid and the police are drooling overly aggressive thugs (much like they are now) who must have viewed Judge Dredd as a training film. After a series of mishaps and an IQ test he is summoned to the White House by President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (Obama can only dream of being such a bad-ass motherf*cker) because he is now the most intelligent man on the planet and more than up to the task of solving the food crisis that plagues America. The crops are dying because instead of using water (that stuff in the toilet) they are irrigated by mega selling sports drink Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator. Joe suggests using actual H2O and is met with incredulity by cabinet members reciting Brawndo's slogan of "It's got electrolytes as a mantra ." After setting off massive social unrest and unemployment after replacing Brawndo which just happens to be the nation's biggest employer as an irrigation source, Joe is taken to an arena for a gladiatorial style event that is a wild combination between Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and the local monster truck extravaganza that is televised on FOX - which to no surprise is not much different than it is in 2014. Joe eventually triumphs and saves the day when the crops grow again and becomes a truly honored hero of Uh-merica. His best advice is to turn off the TV and read something once in awhile and everyone lives happily ever after.
Alas, life in The Homeland isn't a movie and there is not going to be a happy ending to this ongoing nightmare as our long, slow crawl towards Idiocracy continues. As for the movie, the biting anti-corporate satire is as darkly hilarious as such critical analysis of the long-term effects are absent from the media and society today because the joke is on us all already. There was a damned good reason why Twentieth Century Fox suppressed the original theatrical release but it lives on as an invaluable source of mirth at our national plight for those with a certain sense of humor.
So we will continue to be fed bullshit biscuits by our corrupt, immoral war criminal leaders and their rotten to the core institutions as well as their now full blown parody of a media machine. Just how long will it take until those who live here in America finally stand up on their own damned hind legs and bite back against their exploiters and oppressors just like the freedom loving people in East Ukraine are doing?
The clock is ticking.....
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