Charlie Brooker: ‘The world has stolen my nightmare fuel’ with Covid19 – BBC Newsnight

published on July 17, 2020

Well now that would be a first world problem it's certainly weird and it's certainly it's the sort of thing that I have long worried about happening and now it's happening so in that respect not a script more it's it's like the world just reached into my head and

Stolen but some of my nightmare fuel that's probably kept me away two years have you quietly been preparing for this your whole life with your auntie back J land your neuroses do you think yes on some level I think I think my little

Theory is that because I grew up in the I was born in 1971 so I was like you know fully sentient in the sort of 70s and 80s and I expected a nuclear war to happen I just expected that to happen i watch things like sort of reds and stuff

And I thought that's gonna happen in my lifetime and it's terrifying and there's nothing I can do about it it's bounce definitely going to happen and then you go outside and people were sort of walking their dog been thinking

About kitchens and everything seemed very calm and that sort of cognitive dissonance I found disturbing and I think that's probably I guess that's what sort of anxiety feels like for a lot of people

Is this sort of disconnect between the calm sort of breezy nature of the world in general and the sort of the the little dark theatre show playing out in your hey so oddly when something like this happens when the worst actually

Happens on some level this is my experience on some level I can stop dreading the unknown and I get a sort of clarity if that makes any sense tell me about the process how do you get the the comedy tone right at a time like this

Are there any places you won't go in a way I've done lots of the white shows before the end of year wipe shows we often were dealing with very very awful events I remember one year in particular we just finished the show and then we

Were coming back for a weekly show January first week of January normally very quiet there was the Charlie Hebdo mass and so I found myself having to cover this massacre and so in a way you know

I'm kind of accustomed to grappling with that life be as long as you there's something very cathartic about finding the humor in a situation and you know it's it's frankly important to it's important it's part of our humanity

Obviously it's you know every laugh is a little a minute in an escape hatch isn't it from the sort of darkness that surrounded us at the moment I'm guessing that you're glued to the nightly press conferences now well yes or no in that I

Think that like I mean there's a weird thing this is a this is a weird thing so so you're watching a daily briefing say and for the first couple of weeks of all of this I think I was very much glued to the news I was reading everything like

Kudos radio god this is like it's it's like eating fruit isn't it like watching a lot of the news it's good for you up to a point and then it leaves you it gives you the shit's saying it but you you have to limit it it's best to sort

Of eat it in small portions then you there seems to be a debate at the moment of what the media's role is at a time of crisis and you've done you've looked a lot in news why Pat yeah at the media do you think that the media has a duty to

Be patriotic I mean people are making parallels with war are they the media has to swing behind the state is that the right role in your mind no obviously there's a role in you know disseminating accurate information there's a role in

But there isn't there is a role in providing comfort I think there's definitely a role in providing comfort you look at and a sense of community that doesn't necessarily have to be you know we're we're great because we're

British we're you know where there's not much point I think that drum and banging out banging all about what island we're on you know but I do think it it's a perfectly valid thing to to provide a sense of community

And to to provide entertainment and escapism at this time it's important yeah but I mean the patron that's not the same thing as just blindly supporting the government or blindly criticizing the government is it I mean

Thing tomorrow when we are when we watch the antiviral scream wipe what is the overriding emotion that you want people to feel is it do you want people to laugh or feel uncomfortable I think hopefully hopefully you know in

Touch words we've got that hopefully we've got the time right not for everyone obviously but you know I hope people will find it cathartic and I hope people will laugh at it when I was when I used to watch things like spitting

Image say in the 80s and they would make jokes about things that scared me like nuclear war or whatever I it would make me feel a little bit more sane that there was somebody else out there who who felt like that and was saying things

Like that in in some respect so you know if if the show gives people two seconds of you know cracking half a smile that's that's kind of a victory I guess at the moment so hopefully that hopefully some some form of release cathartic release

Thank you very much thank you don't judge me on my bookshelves

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