Michael Moore Says 'We're Living The Handmaid's Tale' IRL
“This is a serious point,” Moore warned on Bill Maher.
Michael Moore is urging Americans to oppose Donald Trump right now, before the U.S. looks just like Gilead.
"We are living ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’" Moore said on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night. "This is a serious point. The best part of the show is the flashbacks, where [Offred, played by Elizabeth Moss] tries to figure out where was the point where it was too late. Where was the point that if we all just had risen up, just done something? But because it happens in little increments. That’s how fascism works."
The dystopian book-turned-award-winning Hulu television series takes place in a totalitarian society, Gilead, which is ruled by a fundamentalist regime and where women’s wombs are treated as property of the state. Because of dropping birth rates, fertile women are sent into sexual servitude.
As more of the story comes to our small screens, the parralels become all to familiar. For example, a timely episode this season focused on children being ripped from their parents, as children were being taken from their parents at the border in the real world.
Moore also said Americans need to act quickly, because if they don’t, Trump will likely win the 2020 election and will try to stay in office after two terms.
"You have to listen this time," Moore said to the camera, "Because he is going to win the 2020 election."
"Even if he doesn’t, he’s not going to leave," Maher added.
Moore and Maher both noted how Trump has shown admiration for dictators such as China’s President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un, both who have been in power for many years past the U.S.’ two terms.
"[Trump] won’t leave after the second term if he doesn’t have to, if nobody stops him," Moore said. "This man believes in being president for life."
"He loves the dictators," Moore continued. "I’m telling you, my friends, if we don’t stop it now, you’ll look back at this show when we were all goofing around, talking about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, but this is the moment."
Moore, who’s past work includes the documentaries "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" was promoting his new film, "Fahrenheit 11/9," referring to the date when Trump was elected. The director said he hopes that the film, which premieres September 21 (a few weeks before the midterm elections), will encourage people to get out to the polls.
"We’re going to bring Trump down," Moore said. "I am not going to participate in providing hope for people. Anybody who is hanging on hope, that implies there’s no sense of urgency. This is not about somewhere over the rainbow. Optimism is very dangerous. It’s not about warm and fuzzy now."
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