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Buffcoat and Beaver Ride Again
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ride Beavis figurine on display on Hollywood Blvd., July 5, 2010 (ZikG/Shutterstock)

Beavis and Butt-Head, to borrow from their lexicon, rule.

The undynamic duo return in the streaming movie Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe on Paramount+.

Does your home also contain one or fewer televisions (perhaps a black-and-white dumb TV?) that dooms prospects for watching Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, etc.? Do not fret. Impose on a younger neighbor in 2022 the way the headbanging teens imposed on a Korean War veteran, neighbor Tom Anderson, in 1992.

The streaming (he said streaming) revival celebrates Gen X Year Zero by its protagonists wearing AC/DC and Metallica shirts, riding on a Space Shuttle, and wandering about their neighborhood sans helmets and adult minders. And then it boldly goes where another Mike Judge movie, the wildly underrated (save for by the 9,431 people who watched it and overate it by their annoying evangelism) Idiocracy, has gone before: the future. The trailer tagline calls Beavis & Butthead Do the Universe “The Dumbest Science Fiction Movie Ever Made.”

Yet, as this must-watch scene demonstrates, only dumb people can truly educate smart people about their idiocy. The titular characters wander into a college classroom. Its denizens lecture them on their white privilege. Beavis and Butthead learn the wrong lessons (or maybe they don’t). It all seems a role-reversal: people from the past mocking the people sitting in a present-day classroom.

Beavis & Butthead always operated on a dual smart-stupid plane. Unfortunately, most of the smart people recognized only the stupid plane. And the stupid people only recognized the stupid plane, too. Sen. Fritz Hollings famously proved this last point.

Buffcoat and Beaver: now more than ever.

Daniel J. Flynn
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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website, www.flynnfiles.com.   
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