None of us ever thought we’d end up here (Michael Moore excluded), but in four days time, Donald J. Trump is going to sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.
It’s not gonna be a particularly flash occasion – Trump’s response to celebrity after celebrity turning down invites to perform is “I never wanted you anyway lol” – but it’s going to be An Occasion™. One that’s broadcast around the world, for you to drink to in the quiet, despairing solitude of your living room.
To that end, Scotland‘s Sunday Herald paper decided to a little dark humour into its weekly TV guide by reimagining the inauguration as a particularly bold production of ‘The Twilight Zone‘.
Stick your headphones in and listen to this while you read:
“After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories – among the most common is the ‘What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War‘ setting – but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present. The story begins in a nightmarish 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible. Today’s feature-length opener concentrates on the gaudy inauguration of President Trump, and the stirrings of protests and despair surrounding the ceremony, while pundits speculate gravely on what lies ahead. It’s a flawed piece, but a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful.”
And they say print media is dead.
— Tom Gordon (@HTScotPol) January 15, 2017
Photo: Twitter / Tom Gordon.