USA Today Will Release a Special Issue Replicating ‘Back to the Future 2’ Copy
Ahh, print media. The Fourth Estate. The last bastion of truth in the reckless slaughterhouse of modern society, the tireless watchdogs of America’s moral compass. Tomorrow, highly reputable publication USA Today will serve the greater public interest by running a jokey one-sheet front page that nods to a popular sci-fi comedy from the ‘80s called Back to the Future, which apparently starred Michael J. Fox (you know, from The Good Wife) and Christopher Lloyd (you know, from Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys). A sizable hubbub has been raised in certain circles online because today, October 21, 2015, marks the exact date that Fox’s character Marty McFly time-travels to within the film’s universe. And nobody’s condoned this hubbub more outwardly than USA Today, who will reproduce the faux front page that Marty grabs after jumping ahead on the timeline and package it with tomorrow’s edition.
Back to the Future fans have found no shortage of humor in the film’s vision of our present future, giggling at the things it got wrong and marveling at the things it came close to predicting correctly. We’ve embedded a graphic of tomorrow’s gag sheet (it’s running tomorrow on October 22, because that was the date of the paper in the film) below, and you can see that one story in specific has been snipped out of the original iteration and swapped out. An item specifically mentioning the late Princess Diana has been cut out from the newspaper for sensitivity’s sake, but a lot of the remaining pieces don’t seem that far off from our accepted reality.
Hollywood churning out more remakes, counterintuitive miracle diet fads, and activist groups crusading against unintended slights have become ordinary components of daily life (though placing a teen-arrest story above the fold seems like a little much). Surely the “Cubs Sweep Series in 5" headline must sting to anyone who saw last night’s disastrous playoff game, and USA Today ties the whole thing together with the bottom-right corner item, “Public More Gullible Than Ever”. It’s a cutesy nod to a populist blockbuster, though if movie-lovers are looking for a really awe-inspiringly miscalculated prediction of the future, I might recommend The Apple‘s insane vision of 1994 from 1980. We were all wearing silver spacesuits thirtyish years ago, yes?