In his scathing takedown of undecided voters and Donald Trump supporters, Real Time host Bill Maher blamed our current political climate on America’s poor cinematic diet. “Blowing up the world is something that could actually happen,” he said on his HBO show Friday night. “If you don’t think so, you haven’t seen enough movies. Movies always foresee the future.”
Maher pointed to Star Trek‘s portrayal of flip phones, Minority Report‘s touch screens, 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s iPads, the black presidents of films like Deep Impact and Head of State, and the terrorist attacks in pre-9/11 movies like True Lies and The Siege, among others.
“What has Hollywood been envisioning lately?…Earth after an apocalypse,” he continued, pointing to The Hunger Games, Divergent, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the like. “And how did earth reach this point in these movies? Always because we did it to ourselves.”
Maher argued that in many of these films, freedoms were taken away because people kept making the wrong decisions. Quoting Meryl Streep in The Giver, he said, “‘When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.’ I know that makes her the bad guy, but did you watch the Republican primaries? I think I’m with Meryl on this one. If it’s between letting these people [Trump supporters] decide things or a cold technocratic boss lady in a pantsuit, I’ll take the lady in the pantsuit.”
And this was his lighter argument. Earlier in the episode, he targeted undecided voters like Ken Bone for never reaching “a breaking point” with Trump after all he’s done. Before that, Maher made the majority of his opening monologue all about the sexual misconduct allegations lodged at the Republican nominee. “GOP now stands for Grab Our P—ies,” he said.
Watch Maher’s Hollywood argument — where he surprisingly didn’t point to Idiocracy — in the video above.