Whatever America makes of MTV bringing back Beavis and Butt-head after fourteen years, it’s a safe bet that nobody will be outraged. And too bad, since hearing their antics denounced by everybody from name-mangling U.S. senators to Morality in Media trolls was half the fun the first time around. But that only proves how the world has changed since creator and lead voicer Mike Judge unleashed his snagglepuss teenage cretins just six weeks after Bill Clinton’s inaugural. Little did we suspect that pyromaniac Beavis and self-putrefied Butt-head were the templates for…us.
Don’t buy that? Look around you. From The Office to Horrible Bosses, our time’s trademark black humor features demoralized, feckless, just plain abject Americans whose only outlet is scoffing at all the crapola they’re fed. Unlike their grumpy counterparts on old-time sitcoms, these slackers turned drones aren’t even thwarted in their aspirations: They’ve figured out that being total mediocrities is plenty bad enough without kidding themselves about it. All this is Beavis and Butt-head gone nationwide, you could say.