Friday 2 December 2016

Black Mirror makers confirm the US election is not an episode of Black Mirror

Adam Boult

Published 09/11/2016 | 09:05

People, including US citizens, gather at a bar as US presidential election results arrive on November 8, 2016 in Mexico City. Credit: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
People, including US citizens, gather at a bar as US presidential election results arrive on November 8, 2016 in Mexico City. Credit: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

As the results of the US election seemed to point to a victory for Donald Trump, the official Twitter account for Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s doom-laden, paranoic science fiction series, posted a helpful clarification.

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“This isn't an episode,” the account tweeted. “This isn't marketing. This is reality.”

While the tweet could arguably be accused of opportunistic grandstanding, it did in fairness follow on from dozens of other tweets from people making similar comparisons:

One particular episode of Black Mirror has been cited by a number of people as having foreshadowed the Trump campaign - The Waldo Moment, in which a blue cartoon bear becomes a populist political candidate.

Brooker discussed the similarity in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, saying: "In the second season, there was an episode called The Waldo Moment which was about a cartoon character who ran for office. At the time, I thought that was one episode that I didn’t really nail, didn’t get the stakes right.

"But if you look at that now, it’s really quite terrifying. It’s more prescient than I realized. He’s an anti-politics candidate who’s raucous and defensive, and that’s all he is, and he offers nothing. He insults everyone and they lap it up because they’re so sick of the status quo. And then you look at Trump..."

Telegraph.co.uk

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