Stranger Things has been out for less than a year, and the Netflix series has already made its way to Congress. Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) used his time on the House floor today to compare the current disarray of President Trump's administration to the Upside Down.
To make his statement even more clear, Rep. Cicilline stood next to a sign which read "Trump Things."
While discussing Trump's alleged ties with Russia (and questioning Trump's controversial border wall), Rep. Cicilline said we do not have a Chief Hopper to come to the rescue. He continued the reference in saying:
“Like Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down.”
As if the cast and crew of Stranger Things needed another reason to smile, they have now hit a new cultural high point. Becoming a discussion point in relation to today's politics just goes to show they are already a cultural touchstone. Not only will many political observers undoubtedly understand the references, but connecting public affairs to the beloved series benefits getting the congressman's voice heard.
It has been very (VERY) difficult to escape from the news lately — but when was the last time you watched a video clip from C-SPAN and actually had any interest in the discussion?
This is also not the first time the world from Stranger Things has been used to reference current happenings within the country. After the sci-fi phenom's big SAG Award win, actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper, gifted us with a kickass speech that resulted in a standing ovation. After discussing the craft of acting and the importance of all humans being united, he went on to say:
"Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the meek and the disenfranchised. And we will do it all with soul, with heat, and with joy."
Maybe you're an Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas or stuck in a bad place like Will and Barb, but join us and we will welcome you here in Hawkins...I mean, the United States.
Season 2 of Stranger Things premiers October 31st on #Netflix!