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The Cruelty of Idiocracy

Posted July 31, 2014

At Paleofuture, Matt Novak writes about Idiocracy‘s unpleasant implications: “Sure. As an over-the-top comedic dystopia, the movie is actually enjoyable. But the movie’s introduction makes it an unnerving reference to toss around as our go-to insult….Unlike other films that satirize the media and the soul-crushing consequences of sensationalized entertainment (my personal favorite being 1951’s Ace in the Hole), Idiocracy lays the blame at the feet of an undeserved target (the poor) while implicitly advocating a terrible solution (eugenics). The movie’s underlying premise is a fundamentally dangerous and backwards way to understand the world.” (via The Projection Booth)


2 Responses to “The Cruelty of Idiocracy

  1. ProfessorMortis
    August 11th, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    Thank you-this article put its finger on exactly what bothered me about the film!

  2. Carol Borden
    August 12th, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    You are welcome!

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