The seeds of Make America Smart Again were planted when Amanda and I noticed a legitimate correlation between the movie “Idiocracy” and the real dumbing down of American media we were witnessing even ten years ago.
I’ve always felt that art, entertainment, and humor can be the best delivery vehicles for social commentary, so I love the way humor is used in “Idiocracy” to make the social critique more digestible. The movie is a harsh but necessary indictment of the anti-intellectual culture and politics that seem to become the norm more and more everyday. The film is great in a cautionary way and has an enjoyable irony being a somewhat low-brow piece of entertainment about the perils of succumbing to a cultural rejection of anything intellectual or high-brow. In other words, the genius of the film is that it may actually get through to the audience it should reach, rather than just preaching to the intellectual elite. -Shepard
Idiocracy. 18 inches by 24 inches. Limited run, numbered and signed by Shepard Fairey. $40 each.
Proceeds benefit League of Women Voters and The Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.