Bill Maher is a progressive-leaning US comedian. Here he is talking about the wealth gap that exists in that country. The situation here would be similar.
New rule: Television networks need to stop making shows that try and put a happy ending on America’s enormous wealth disparity and instead make a show called “Shine my shoes, fuckface.”
Come on, this is America, where the top 400 people have more money then the bottom 150,000,000 combined. If ABC can make a show where millionaires give their money to poor people, Animal Planet can make a show where pigs grow wings and fly out of Donald Trump’s ass.
Now this week ABC gave us “Secret Millionaire”, which is like “Undercover Boss” but less intellectually taxing. In each episode one of our richest 1% drops in on the wage slaves for a week and finds out that living on $185 a week in America really blows, and so then they anecdotally solve the wealth gap problem by showering everyone with cash. It’s like “Pretty Woman” if you were the whore.
You know, it’s amazing, TV used to give Americans the reverse fantasy, ‘What if you, normal person, suddenly became a millionaire?’ No. Now it’s ‘Oh, who are we kidding, you consider yourself lucky if to hold onto your job deep frying chicken parts, but how’d you like to be briefly introduced to a millionaire? Wouldn’t you like that? You can touch his garments!’
And people watch this shit and find it inspirational. It’s why they fawn over Donald Trump when he flirts with running for President every four years, even though he spends the rest of his time letting eighteen people kiss his ass on TV before he fires all but one of them.
America’s rich aren’t giving you money, they are taking your money.
Between the years 1980 and 2005 80% of all new income generated in this country went to the richest 1%. Let me put that in terms that even you fatass teabaggers, sorry, can understand. Say 100 Americans get together and order a 100 slice pizza, the pizza arrives, they open the box, and the first guy takes 80 slices. And if someone suggests “Why don’t you just take 79 slices?” THAT’S SOCIALISM!
I know, I know, it’s just a TV show, but it does reinforce the stupid idea people have that rich people would love us and share with us if only they got to walk a mile in our cheap plastic shoes, but they’re the reason the shoe factory moved to China. We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same, like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they’ll explode, and the candy will rain down on the rest of us, like they’re some sort of pinata of benevolence. But here’s the thing about a pinata, it doesn’t open on it’s own, you have to beat it with a stick.