The culture warrior we need – OutKick

Mike Judge is always half a dozen steps ahead of culture.

His 1999 comedy Office Space exploded in theaters until audiences began to realize how brilliant and poignant the satire was.

Its 2006 follow-up, “Idiocracy,” also collapsed before becoming a cult classic. The film predicted our short attention spans and our ability to dumb down almost anything. It’s hard to assess the current political climate without flinching at a reminder or two of “idiocracy.”

Judge poked fun at HBO’s “Silicon Valley” even at big tech culture before the twitterers and googles of the world started misbehaving oh so badly.

Now Judge is practically alone when it comes to shredding the performance of White Privilege through his signature display case. Yes, Judge created Beavis & Butt-head and provides the voices for both characters.

The MTV superstars are back, courtesy of Paramount Plus.

Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe brings the 90’s fools back together for all-new adventures. It’s part of Judge’s effort to revitalize his signature franchise, though the concept looked menacing on paper.

Can two self-pitying, brain-dead teenagers still make us laugh? More importantly, can these sexually obsessed souls thrive in our age of abort culture?

As it turns out, the answers are yes and damn yes.

The film shows our “heroes” traveling through time and landing in America in the year 2022. They admire smartphones, fall in love with Apple’s voice assistant Siri and end up on a modern college campus.

Here Judge flexes his satirical muscles.

They rush into a gender studies class and learn all about white privilege.

“So, white privilege is when white people, especially men, automatically assume they can take whatever they want,” explains one young woman.

“And they never have to worry about being stopped by the police,” chimes in another.

“And they have the inside track for all the jobs…”

“Cool,” says Butthead. They leave the classroom and wreak havoc, assuming their privilege will protect them.

It’s brilliant on two fronts. One thing is obvious – they are using their so-called “privilege” for destructive purposes and scoffing at the folly of that phrase. However, their mere existence shreds the concept more aggressively. They are poor, stupid children from Central America. No parental figures teach them right from wrong. They spend hours staring at a TV screen, immersed in the worst excesses of pop culture.

You lack privilege, period. It’s Vintage Judge – making fun of cultural elements that others don’t get close to.

He did something similar with his long-running hit “King of the Hill”. The Fox animated sitcom satirized Texas culture but did so with humor and heart. Other shows might have taken a mean approach to the material. Those stupid overland hiccups, for example, deserve a ritual rip.

Not judge.

The new “B&B” feature also lets Judge stick to the true nature of the characters. Yes, they are jerks, but their sexual desire and ability to shock have not been tempered to placate our trigger-warn culture.

The original MTV shorts surprised us with their humor and dopey innocence. The judge’s boys focused solely on their own gratification and nothing else. This nihilism landed at a time when comedy still had few official rules. Without them, the characters no longer resonate.

Or never mind.

Richter knew that instinctively. This puts Do the Universe ahead of his 1996 film Beavis & Butt-head Do America. It’s also more important culturally.

Yes, two brain-dead idlers strike a swipe at free speech and mock a core tenet of the awakened mindset. They are not the heroes we deserve, they are the heroes we need. And for that we can thank a culture fighter like Judge.

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