By Christian Holub
Updated June 06, 2016 at 02:49 PM EDT
Credit: Van Redin
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As the Republican primary race went on and former reality TV star Donald Trump beat out his more traditional politician opponents to become the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, some began to feel that Americans were watching satire come to life before their very eyes. This sentiment was captured by Idiocracy screenwriter Etan Cohen’s February tweet comparing the political circus to his 2006 satirical film: “I never expected Idiocracy to become a documentary.” Idiocracy starred Terry Crews as President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, a former wrestler able to hijack American politics purely through his ability to entertain.

In a new interview with BuzzFeed, Cohen says that the tweet’s popularity inspired him to reconnect with Idiocracy director Mike Judge. According to Cohen, the two have started working on some Idiocracy-themed anti-Trump ads, fake campaign ads for the fake president that will nevertheless mock the real Republican nominee.

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“This is what satire is for, to be able to hold up a mirror and say, ‘This is crazy,’” Cohen said. “Idiocracy was like that, but this all of a sudden felt like a very immediate need for the true meaning of satire and what it can actually do.”

Now they’re just waiting for Fox to clear rights with Crews before they start filming the ads.


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