Black Mirror makers confirm the US election is not an episode of Black Mirror
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.
“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.
This isn't an episode. This isn't marketing. This is reality.— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) November 9, 2016
I don't like this episode of Black Mirror. #ElectionNight— Jarrod Alonge (@JarrodAlonge) November 9, 2016
This episode of Black Mirror is terrifying— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) November 9, 2016
Is this what living in an episode of Black Mirror is like? #electionnight— Stephanie Frosch (@ElloSteph) November 9, 2016
WHY IS AMERICA TRYING TO BE THE MOST TERRIFYING EPISODE OF BLACK MIRROR RIGHT NOW?? CAN I CHANGE THE CHANNEL? I DONT WANT TO WATCH THIS SHOW— Rob Fee (@robfee) November 9, 2016
what is happening why is every broadcast tv channel showing the same episode of black mirror— Dan Hon (@hondanhon) November 9, 2016
This is like a horrific Black Mirror episode. I cannot believe this.— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) November 9, 2016
This either the best or the worst Black Mirror episode ever— Tess (@tessevans) November 9, 2016
Worst episode of Black Mirror yet.— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) November 9, 2016
This is either a nightmare or the best episode of Black Mirror ever. #ElectionNight— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) November 9, 2016
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..."