Today you could throw a rock and hit some retrospective about Back to the Future Part II. Particularly, they’re adding up what the movie got right and wrong about 2015 (Hover boards! 3D monster movies! Go Cubbies!).
When Marty goes back to the corrupted, nightmare version of 1985, his average suburban mother has been transformed into a dolled-up trophy wife. Right away Marty notices her…ahem…surgical enhancements, and how could he not, because her top is cut down practically to her navel. He stammers that, “You’re so…big.”
It’s meant to show us just how cheaply she’s been exploited by her scumbag husband, Biff, whom she soon yells at for making he get such exaggerated, obnoxious plastic surgery.
Except that in the real 2015, her breast augmentation isn’t really all that exaggerated, and the outfit that displays it isn’t all that obnoxious–not by mainstream standards.
Granted, my shot at Kim Kardashian here isn’t fair–why single her out and why use such an extreme example of what I’m talking about?
Because where the twisted version of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future Part II was meant to illustrate the moral degradation of a town ruined by Biff’s tyranny, Kim Kardashian is a role model who’s celebrated and imitated by many. She actively wants to be an example of what the mainstream should shoot for.
So in the 26 years since BTTF Part II came out, we’ve gone from showing off big fake boobs being typical of what’s wrong with a world to being a paragon of what the world “should” be.
Reminds me of this meme from a few years ago: