The popular Netflix Original show “Black Mirror” has been a hot topic for its penetrative socio-political commentary since it came on the scene a few years ago. The release of the British show’s third season caused an internet stir as fans re-watched old episodes, noting that the third episode of the second season, titled “The Waldo Movement,” accurately predicted the rise of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The operates like a modern version of “Twilight Zone” or “Tales of the Unexpected.” Each episode stands alone and uses technology and the internet to mock humanity. It first aired on Britain’s Channel 4 in 2011.
“The Waldo Movement” follows a popular comedian working for a sketch television show who voices an animated bear named Waldo. The bear is crude, rude and aggressive but popular among the show’s viewers. The production company decides to spin-off Waldo’s role into an experimental realm where the fictional character runs for public office — much like Stephen Colbert in 2012. Except “he” actually decides to run.
In several interviews with other news outlets over the past few days, “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker has discussed how the episode came to be its relation to Donald Trump. Brooker told Esquire that Waldo was modeled off Boris Johnson of Brexit fame.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if [Trump] wins. I keep expecting him to win,” Brooker told Esquire.
In the episode, Waldo behaves similarly to Donald Trump has during his campaign and utilized several interested political strategies, including manipulating voters through use of the media and Twitter. Here is a list of some but not all of those similarities.
Waldo uses ad hominum attacks, including jokes about his opponents’ appearances.
He makes penis and fart jokes.
He calls the other candidates and the media liars.
He calls for his supporters to beat the shit out of protestors.
His policy stances change depending on their popularity with voters.
He doesn’t believe he’s getting enough positive attention.
He interrupts others while they’re talking.