According to an October 6, 2013 post on Twitchy, the site that tracks important things being discussed on twitter, the HBO political commentator Bill Maher used the popular film “Gravity” to attack Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Some spoilers surely follow.
“How was "Gravity"? #TedCruz says watching govt workers die makes it the feel good movie of the fall.”
As with many of Maher’s attempts at humor, this did not go over very well with many people. It was also quite wide of the mark.
Maher is likely to aware that Cruz is the ranking member of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee that oversees NASA funding and operations. It “Gravity” were to have a sequel, it would feature Cruz asking some pointed questions about how did it come to pass that a Russian anti-satellite experiment resulted in the deaths of several astronauts and the trashing of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of space infrastructure, including two space stations, the Hubble telescope, a space shuttle, and several communications satellites.
In any event, Cruz, coming as he does from Texas, the home of NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center and a burgeoning commercial space sector, is very big booster of space and the people who make it happen. Maher, therefore, violated, as he often does, the first rule of comedy in that jokes have to have some relationship to reality.