The comparisons to Hillary Clintons sore defeat in November are all over the season 5 finale, down to losing unexpectedly despite winning the popular vote, and sitting in the rain on Inauguration Day. Its never moralized or spelled out, but the prove details the absurd doubled criteria that powerful girls face via daily microaggressions. The last thing James says to Meyer before the end of their embattled campaign to rule the free world? Nice shoes.
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Sam Richardson( best known as Richard from VEEP) has a new prove came to see you. And it seems hilarious.
Posted by The Daily Dot on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Of course the fifth season of Veep aired far before Election Day. The casting and crew of the prove learned about President Trumps surprising win while they were filming scenes for the shows upcoming sixth season, which premieres Sunday. Executive producer and showrunner David Mandel wasnt sure what to do with his supposedly absurdist satire.
Do people want to laugh at this stuff anymore? Is politics funny? It was a baby freak-out, and some of “its just” depression. It was less about how we were going to do it and more, Will anyone care? Will people want to laugh? he told the Hollywood Reporter .
The Trump administration has been criticized for going to some genuinely ridiculous places and it hasnt even been 100 days since it took power. This week YouTube user Dan Ketchum edited footage of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the Veep s credits. Spicers remarks comparing Adolf Hitler to Bashar al-Assad immediately ran under intense scrutiny when Spicer downplayed the use of gas chambers in the Holocaust, calling them Holocaust centers.
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But if you think the current administration has affected the proves writing, suppose again. The only hour Mandel and his writing personnel had to change anything was to avoid being showered in comparisons to a certain golden rumor.
The only thing we did have to changeit sounds like a bad joke, but it’s truewas a golden rain joke in one of the episodes where someone is screaming at Jonah about a golden rain. We hadn’t filmed it yet, and we realized, Oh, we need to change that. Who knew we would literally have to change a Veep golden showers joke because of the real president of the United States of America? It doesnt get any weirder than that, he told the Hollywood Reporter .
Mandel cautions that Veep wont feel like a paler version of the Trump presidency, given that Meyer is out of office by the time the new season begins. Yet Veep cant help but feel unnervingly indistinguishable from the Trump administration. In season 5, Meyerand her squad blame a tweet mishap on a foreign country. Devoted Trumps propensity to tweet outrageous affirms, like accusing President Obama of wire-tapping, blaming a foreign country for an errant tweet is something Americans are conditioned to believe.
These moments build Veep the perfect irony for Washington , D.C. in 2017. The prove has always been cynical about elected official, roasting their self-preservation and culture of spin. But now the proves rapid-fire gags about incompetence and tomfoolery feeling rent from the headlines.
It isnt much of a stretch to imagine Trump fumbling with foreign leaders, like offering the president of China a Big Mac instead of a fancy dinner, or ordering a missile strike while enjoying chocolate cake. In season 5, President Meyer simply re-gifts an expensive pen to Chinese officials.
Veep doesnt need to satirize the Trump administration for giggle. It just needs to act as a hilarious distraction from the occasional horrors and mishaps of the news.
Thing is Mandel often felt stymie, creatively, by Meyers fictional presidency, telling Uproxx that When she’s the vice president, I think you accepted certain folly, a little bit of silliness or improper whatever, plenty of stuff’s a lot harder when she’s the president.
With Trumps unprecedented power, however, that bar has been lowered. Anything is possible now, which is a scary prospect and a reason why a relevant and hilarious political comedy is so valuable. Again, Mandel has said season 6 wont rip on Trump: Everyone keeps asking, Well, how has Trump changed things? Trump, in a weird route, is sort of doing us. We’re not doing him.
But if Veep continues to unintentionally predict the future, well, at least well all get a good giggle in before it happens.