MOVIES OUTDOING LIFE Cross fakes, with Donald Trump

MAKE (translated by Cosmin Ghidoveanu)
Ziarul BURSA #English Section / 14 noiembrie 2016

This article is interactive, meaning the article only works if you, the readers, are actively involved, just like there are jokes that, in order to work, need an answer from the people listening to them, just like this one: "It's not the one who doesn't get it that is stupid, stupid is the one who doesn't explain well enough to make themselves understood. Did you get it?"

If the answer is "No", then the joke worked, but even answering "Yes" generates a note of humor.

Well, this article is of the same nature and, to experience it to the fullest, you need to have a PC connected to the internet on hand, starting right this minute, when I will proceed by asking you to watch this video:

It is a parallel between the real scene of Donald Trump and his wife going down an escalator, during the electoral campaign, and a similar scene presented in the notorious cartoon series "The Simpsons", in an episode of the year 2000, in which Donald Trump is filmed in his electoral campaign, again going down an escalator, shot from a similar angle, with identical gestures and details.

I showed the video in our editorial meeting, and my colleagues told me that the similarities made their hairs stand on end.

The parallel between the two scenes made the rounds, and was even noted by the BBC (see

Dumbfounded, I searched for an explanation.

I thought the whole thing was impossible, unless there was a deliberate plan for Trump to now mimic the gestures of a character from a cartoon made 16 years ago.

But why would he do that?

A friend reminded me of an old movie, from 1975, called "Three days of the Condor" (directed by Sydney Pollack, with Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Max von Sydow - see >), in which a writer is one of the employees of the CIA tasked with reading novels, newspaper articles and even comics, in order to pick out scenarios that may be adopted by the rival intelligence agencies.

I vaguely seem to recall that there is at least one other thing based on such an idea.

The theory of a scheme by the secret services seemed to be gaining credibility, but it became even more believable when, at, we could see Donald Trump's appearance on a wrestling show, in which, wearing a suit and tie, he pounces on another civilian, they crash to the floor together and he starts punching the other man (all simulated, obviously).

The scene reminds me of the "Idiocracy" satire, a movie that is a little more recent, made in 2006, (Directed by Mike Judge, with Luke Wilson - see, where in the year 2500 society's intelligence has regressed enough that it is being threatened by starvation, because they are irrigating their corn crops with "Brawndo" (a drink similar to "Red Bull"), and the main qualities of the US president, Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, are that he is a pornstar and five times champion of "Ultimate Smackdown".

I've lost my head.

I find that on the web, there are plenty of pages that make the association between Donald Trump and Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, of which I choose to show you one (see

I am undoubtedly witnessing a conspiracy, a script from the intelligence services' labs, which have patiently promoted, over the years, various scenarios through movies and video clips, in order to study the reactions of the public, and to create the right electorate for the right character to become the president of the United States.

Namely, Donald Trump.


On top of that, I find out that Mike Judge, the director of "Idiocracy", is the one who has created cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead and that he was involved in the "The Simpsons" cartoon, with his character Hank Hill, from the "King of the Hill" series, that he has created.


It's come full circle.

The obvious ties through which the public has been assaulted lend credence to the theory that in the "Trump case", movies outdid life.

I am left mouth agape.

It takes me a while to realize that I am in the comments section, located below the clip from the cartoon found on YouTube and that I am reading without really realizing what I am doing.

I try to focus.

I am looking at a comment in which someone is saying that he owns the episode of "The Simpsons" which has been causing all this commotion and that the escalator scene does not exist.

I resume my investigation.

I find that even though the BBC posts a screenshot of the escalator, it nevertheless links to a sequence that they reproduced from "The Hollywood Reporter" (see, which presents a scene from "The Simpsons", which imagines the year 2030, where a female character, was indeed trying to say that she has taken over the presidency from Donald Trump. But the escalator scene does not exist.

Aha, so we are dealing with a forgery?

Another commenter notes that in the alleged sequence from "The Simpsons", there is a lady filming everything with a smartphone, which only appeared into the market a few years later.

All of my conspiracy theory has gone to hell.

I feel like a character from "Idiocracy", I allowed myself to be fooled, because I liked the idea of a conspiracy, but in reality, it is a mere manipulation, through a shameless forgery.

And yet...

Who had the interest to falsify the episode of "The Simpsons"?

What was their goal in doing so?

Donald Trump continues to be contested by people whom Nassim Taleb calls "intellectuals-but-idiots" - semi-erudite bureaucrats, but who view themselves as educated, who impose norms and regulations upon others, because they feel like they know better what the interests of those they lead are.

When coming true, prophecies have always legitimized themselves.

We like to believe that the present has its foundation built on a larger project, that it depends on a plan (made by man or by divinity) designed so we can reach something, deliberately.

Even though this prophecy is a double caricature, coming from cartoons, clips and satirical movies, and on top of that it's a fake, it still works on idiots.

It is my opinion that the intellectual-but-idiot is extremely vulnerable to explanations involving the interventions of occult organizations - secret services, freemasons, mafia, the purple flame, positive energies, the zodiac etc. -, being incapable to build their own natural path towards discerning the causes of the process that intrigues them.

The penchant for the "occult" makes the intellectual-but-idiots wish for the validation of prophecies, so the forged "The Simpsons" episode may contribute, in a completely ridiculous manner, to the attenuation of the anti-Trump protests - "look, it's a law that led us to this political disaster".

Two American friends and two Romanian friends, who have lived in the US for a long time, have assured me that Donald Trump is an "OK" guy and that he certainly isn't an idiot; one of them actually expressed his concern that once becoming president, Trump may lose his extravagant behavior.

Notorious graphic artist Eugen Mihăescu, who lived for 25 years in the US, told me on Saturday that he voted for Trump by mail, because Trump is a "self-made man", an average person who can bring back the hope for peace in the world.

I am hearing that Newsweek distributed 125 thousand copies of a special issue called "Madam President", dedicated to Hillary Clinton, who was announced as winner of the elections, because the distributor shipped the wrong version (they also had the version in which Trump was the winner, but they got ahead of themselves).

There is an older movie which presages the mistake made by "Newsweek": the musical "Chicago", of 2002 (directed by Rob Marshall, with Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere - see it at, where a newspaper prints two parallel issues, in wait of the ruling in a lawsuit widely followed by the general public, thus having both the "Guilty", and the "Innocent" versions.

But, the movie "Chicago" comes after 1948, when "Chicago Daily Tribune" announced that "Dewey defeats Truman", even though Truman was the one elected as president.

Just like in the classic Chinese antinomy: "I fell asleep and I dreamt that I was a butterfly and that the butterfly was asleep and dreamt of being me and I woke up and I don't know if it was me that woke up or if the butterfly is dreaming that I woke up".

Even though I have made the clarification at another time, I should mention again that etymologically, "idiot" doesn't mean "stupid" at all, and it in fact has nothing to do with the IQ level, as the "Idiocracy" movie implies, but rather, for ancient Greeks, "idiotes" meant "someone working for their own benefit exclusively".

Its antonym, "demiurgos", means "the one who works to the benefit of the community".

At best, we'll get that out of this wandering into the labyrinth of forgery.

I don't think I've found the exit either.

But, since it's an interactive article, maybe you will be able to find it.

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