I recently read an article at the Daily Beast entitled:
Being There Is The Trump Bible.
And certainly, folks might see correlations between Chauncey Gardner and THE TRUMP.
Now all Gardner wished for was his room in the manor in which he was born.
Chauncey had no idea about the world outside.
Chauncey lived in a parallel universe.
So when his LORD died and Chauncey was left to find his own destiny; well Chauncey was confused; to say the least.
We find Gardner wandering about the city that he knew nothing about, looking for a Black Lady to feed him dinner or supper or breakfast or....
Now recall that in one of my favorite movies (of all time), some billionaire (in 1980 bucks) runs into him on some street by the billionaire's chauffeur driven car; Chauncey is welcomed into that same limousine.
Chauncey is without artiface.
Chauncey is without aim
Chauncy is without knowledge of this new world in which he finds himself.
After all, Chauncey has lived in this bubble; all his life.
But Chauncey had no idea where in the fuck he found himself following the death of his master.
Chauncey had never been anywhere except in the bubble created by his slave master.
I just would underline my biases here.
I have always thought, since I viewed BEING THERE, that this had to be one of the greatest fifty films I had ever viewed.
This film surprised me.
Not just the end.
The entire film just surprised me.
I had never felt this kind of surprise before I viewed this film.
I believe that the Daily Beast author is wrong.
I do believe that the best metaphor for Trump is BORAT.
Borat is much more applicable to the present day debacle.
Borat does come from some far away country without any idea of what America is.
And Borat has no idea how the world works at all.
On the one hand this movie at times brings to mind the Marx brothers, with riotous non-sequitors and zany chaos.
On the other hand, this movie seems more like Larry, Moe & Curley finding themselves in a porno movie.
Borat has no sense of societal propriety.
Borat has no sense of right or wrong in any society.
Borat has no sense of how people should interact.
Borat has no sense of decency.
Borat has no sense of any RULES.
I recall viewing THE SIMPSONS for the first time.
I recall when George HW Bush cried:
Our values should relate to the Waltons and not the Simpsons!
It was kind of like when Reagan wondered about all those LSD inspired songs.
Then, one day I found myself on the couch with my children as teens viewing SOUTHPARK.
JESUS H CHRIST, I THOUGHT.
How far can we take this?
(And recall that the brothers who created SOUTHPARK voted for Bush
Anyway, I hope to edit more but I feel that the film BORAT has more to do with THE TRUMP than Chauncey!