On Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher imagined what a commencement speech to the class of 2041 would be like. In a world that has apparently seen a President Kanye, President Gaga, and at least two President Kardashians, Maher points out that 2041 may finally be the year Flint’s water becomes drinkable again.
And to the class of 2041, he has some harsh words. “Kids, you’re not the future. You can’t be anything you want to be. And the only way you can follow your dreams wherever they take you is if your dreams involve the grease trap at Chipotle.”
“I’d love to tell you kids that the world is your oyster — but the oysters are all dead,” he goes on, imagining a destroyed climate. “Along with almost all species. But when that happened, did we give up and just start eating jellyfish? Well yes, of course we did.”
He has hope for the future, though, as he reminds the students of their resilient society. “Did we panic during the Zika epidemic of 2018? No,” he exclaims. “And many of the pinheaded babies born that year have gone on to become fine Republican congressmen.”
Watch the clip to see what else Maher has to say to the future generation.