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..
- 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!