'Veep': the impossible political parody | TV
Just released the seventh and last season of Veep (HBO), the best political parody of recent decades, and we must celebrate it because everything was against it since Julia-Louis Dreyfus, the leading actress, suffered and recovered from breast cancer. With this being very serious, he did not question the continuity of the series as much as the other threat: political actuality itself. When Veep it was released in 2012, the world did not imagine that Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro would be presidents, nobody could anticipate the Brexit, Vox was just a dictionary and the you procés, a wet dream of four marginal.
In 2012, Veep he parodied because there was room for parody: we laughed at the atrocious barbarities that Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) said and did in her crazy presidential race because, deep down, we thought that things could not be so barbaric and deranged. The parody is a consolation: it exaggerates the reality so that we conclude that things are not so bad and that, in the minute that precedes the disaster, someone with aplomb and common sense puts order and channels everything for his site. To enjoy the parody without committing suicide, one must have faith in destiny.
At least two seasons ago that does not happen in Veep. The political chronicle has become more gross and absurd than its parody. In the penultimate chapter issued they learn that a madman has killed dozens of people in Spokane. "Muslim or white?" Asks Selina. "I do not know," answers the advisor. "What benefits me?" "White", respond your advisors. "Let's cross our fingers", concludes the candidate.
This dialogue is not parodic because one can probably transcribe a similar one in many offices of politicians in the field. Veep it has become realistic and even falls short because there is no way to caricature the political chronicle, which is already caricatured from the factory, without the seams of plausibility breaking up. It is enough to compare the chapter of the week with the Spanish electoral campaign: to see which of the two is more beast and incredible.