Donald Trump and the Michael Bayification of America

Looking at the presidential election from a distance, you’d probably be surprised that most polls have the race as being close. You’d probably wonder why this is even a contest considering one candidate seems to be insanely qualified for the job, while the other is an unethical businessman and television host with no experience in politics.

The first debate went about how I predicted. Most of my friends (thankfully) agreed with me that Hillary Clinton was the winner of the election, but based on social media, it’s clear that plenty of other people disagreed. According to some, Trump was “forceful” and “took over” despite spending much of his time promoting un-Constitutional policies, admitting he doesn’t pay taxes, and making fun of Rosie O’Donnell.

The real threat facing America! (Image source)

The real threat facing America! (Image source)

I understand that no matter how incompetent he may seem, Trump is always going to have supporters. Any Republican candidate is going to get his share of votes simply because of party loyalty. And the more conservative leaning candidate will also get people to vote for him out of fear that the Supreme Court will soon get loaded with liberal judges who will make it easier for homosexuals to marry and carry out other immoral behavior.

Trump is also getting support from bigots, white supremacists, anti-Semites, and people who can’t stomach the thought of a woman actually being in charge of our country. (Hello, deplorables!)

If those groups were the only ones supporting Trump, this election would be the landslide that it should be. But it seems that Trump has a good deal of support from the non-deplorables as well.

I tried to figure out why Trump has so much support among people who seemingly aren’t . Yes, he talks a big game, but to me, he sounds like the “Italian Guy in Any Given Situation” from Family Guy:

He promotes big ideas that sound great (“We’re gonna stop ISIS!), but rarely provides any actual details about how he’s planning to execute these grandiose plans. He’s full of energy, but upon even minor scrutiny, it becomes obvious that there’s no substance to these claims.

Regardless, many Americans are eating it up. Are we really at the point where people just want loud noises and spectacle from our chief executive?

Sadly, the answer to this is probably yes. Want proof? Just check this out:

Rank Title (click to view) Studio Gross / Theaters Opening / Theaters Date
1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen P/DW $402,111,870 4,293 $108,966,307 4,234 6/24/09
2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $352,390,543 4,088 $97,852,865 4,088 6/29/11
3 Transformers P/DW $319,246,193 4,050 $70,502,384 4,011 7/3/07
4 Transformers: Age of Extinction Par. $245,439,076 4,233 $100,038,390 4,233 6/27/14

There have been four live-action Transformers movies released, and the quality of them ranges from, “That wasn’t too bad” to “Why are they doing this to us?” None of them have been great movies, and in most cases, a sensible plot has been tossed aside in favor of SLOW MOTION ROBOT FIGHTS and EXPLOSIONS!!!!!

Has that stopped the American people from plunking down their hard-earned money to see these movies? Not at all. I can understand the first movie doing well, because nostalgia sells, and I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited to see a movie in my life. Even after that was somewhat of a disappointment, we still had hope that the second movie would make everything better. (SPOILER ALERT: It didn’t)

Despite having no reason to think that Michael Bay would stop ruining our childhoods, we still lined up eagerly to see the third and fourth installments. In my defense, I saw the fourth one on Netflix. Perhaps it was the lowered expectations or the fact that I didn’t really spend any extra money on it, but I thought it was the most enjoyable of the bunch. Or maybe it’s because they finally gave us what we really wanted: The Transformers fighting Kelsey Grammer!

So the bad news is that thanks to Americans’ preference for loud noises over coherence, we’re probably headed for four years of President Trump. The good news is, we’ll be able to escape our worries by seeing Transformers: The Last Knight! In theaters on June 23rd, 2017!


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