28 September 2019 753 Views

Spitting Image is Back. But WHY?

by James Murphy

Donald Trump is the FUNNIEST PRESIDENT EVER. HIS IMPEACHMENT IS ALREADY SOLD OUT! IT WILL BE THE BEST LIVE TELEVISION EVENT EVER! 

Or: why we do not NEED a last minute, lazy SPITTING IMAGE reboot.  For those of you who might not know? It was a satirical puppet show of the 1980s/90s. It got cancelled after it had peaked. It’s now coming back. Coz of Trump, obviously. Like EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

Honestly: why can’t it just be satire for satire’s sake? And if y’all cite his being a ‘narcissist’: why make him the centre of ALL your media content?

Bizarre. Anyway, here is MY view on this brand’s resurrection..

 

  • Pointless.
  • Trump sends himself up, satire not needed.
  • I am yet to see a funny Trump impersonator.
  • Trump is on our screens 24/7 as is.
  • Once again: it’s easy. Zero consequence target, 25 years after they canned the show: some thought, for being too nasty (it wasn’t; it’s just that viewing figures declined, post Thatcher?).

 

  • The creators were asked to do a dumbed down, toned down version back in 1994..they said ‘no’, as fits the satirical tone of the show!
  • In today’s world of offence giving /taking? This show will either pull punches or get cancelled, again, after five minutes of everyone being offended..or offended because it’s just not offensive enough? 

 

  • In its best days, the show took on real villainy, from the unchecked excess of Thaterchism to the dying embers of a desperate and neutered yet still frighteningly powered Apartheid. Culture itself was also fascinating: Dallas, Dynasty..Terry Wogan? We just don’t have that kind of character or cohesion anymore.
  • There are no truly clear struggles of good vs evil that can be identified and satirised, whilst still, somehow, balancing that with hints of open mind.

 

  • Notice how their caricatures captured Thatcher’s power and personality relative to inept male counterparts.
  • And they foretold virtue signalling / inane media prejudice whilst ACTUALLY going AFTER antagonistic villainy and injustice, at once, AND managed to remain FUNNY!
  • Example: ‘I’ve never met a nice South African’.

In short? This was ahead of its time. Yet also OF its time. I predict a flop. Sorry!

 



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