It’s probably fair to say that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker isn’t entirely overjoyed by Donald Trump’s election victory.
Hosting this week’s edition of the BBC’s long-running comedy/current-affairs quiz Have I Got News for You on Friday, the Brit opened proceedings with the show’s usual intro, “In the news this week,” before letting out a blood-curdling scream.
Inevitably, Trump becoming president was the central topic of discussion, but Brooker joked that Tuesday night’s results showed that U.S. voters “may actually be very progressive.”
“Sure, it may be bad news for minorities and women and the other many, many people he has insulted,” he said. “But on the plus side, progressively, they’ve elected their first openly crazy man to the most powerful office in the world.”
Show regular Ian Hislop, who also edits satirical weekly magazine Private Eye, added that the U.S. had “broken the rubber-padded ceiling.”
Brooker concluded the election news by saying that the U.S. had discovered that, “after all these years of trying to impose it on the rest of the world, democracy may, in fact, be shit.”