Five Movies and TV Shows This Election Has Tainted Forever


The results of this next election will change the course of history as we know it. However, it’s also tarnished the way I look at some of my favorite shows and movies. Will they actually be ruined forever, or is there hope that the memories might someday fade?

See the wreckage after the jump:

1) The Office


“No, I will not let him in.”

Not my beloved Office! But yes, every time I hear “Scranton” from now on, a little part of my mind will forever associate it with the shark-ish smile of Joe Biden. He invoked it in nearly every one of his stump speeches to demonstrate his rural roots, and now I wish I could just go back to the days when “Scranton” only conjured up images of paper supply firms and beet farms.

2) Fargo


“Are you under arrest? You betcha!”

Whoever thought someone who pronounces “terrorism,” “tearrrrr-ism” could end up potentially being the president of the United States? Sarah Palin will forever be the flag-bearer for the Fargo accent from here on out, and while it used to be charming, will now just remind me of the irritating Alaskan talking about huntin’ moose and doing some governin’.

3) 30 Rock


“Tina, the election is over, you can stop doing this now.”

I’m really not sure if I’m going to be able to disassociate Tina Fey with Sarah Palin now. Her impression on Saturday Night Live is one of the greatest parodies well, ever, and I’m afraid every time I see Liz Lemon, I’m going to be thinking about that updo and that red jacket.

4) Top Gun


He’s dangerous and foolish.

Dear lord, what did they do with my precious Maverick? They stole the term and beat it to death a stick, forever scarring my favorite 80s movie with the image of the Republican party. Shouldn’t Tom Cruise have sued them or something? This “maverick” hijacking McCain and Palin pulled really damages one of his most treasured roles.

5) Battlestar Galactica



Look at that picture. Look at it! Granted Mrs. Tigh is dead, and the Apollo-McCain Jr. comparison is a bit forced, but now I will forever associate Saul Tigh and Laura Roslin with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

And the similarities aren’t just physical either. Tigh is a war vet who was tortured by the enemy, has a loopy wife and a bad temper. Roslin was a relatively unknown governmental figure when she was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight. Eerie, and needless to say I’ll never look at BSG the same way again.