In a world… where copy/paste functionality has made plagiarism easier than ever… one woman… will discover that plagiarism… and gleefully point it out on national TV, making a senator from Kentucky look awfully silly.
Ladies and gentlemen, that world… is our world. The senator: Rand Paul, who recently delivered a speech about abortion rights and eugenics that uses the 1997 movie Gattaca as an example of the dark direction he believes our country could be headed. The woman: Rachel Maddow, who revealed Monday night that large swaths of the speech had been lifted directly from Gattaca‘s Wikipedia page.
“In the movie Gattaca — in the not too distant future – eugenics is common,” Paul said in his speech. “And DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”
It’s copied nearly word-for-word from the first sentence of Wikipedia’s Gattaca plot summary: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class.”
Rand Paul: “Due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way to achieve his dream of being an astronaut is, he has to become what’s called a ‘borrowed ladder.’”
Wikipedia: “Due to frequent screening, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way he can achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut is to become a ‘borrowed ladder.’”
Paul: “He assumes the identity of a Jerome Morrow, a world-class swimming star with a genetic profile said to be ‘secondary to none,’ but he’s been paralyzed in a car accident.”
Wikipedia: “He assumes the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow, a former swimming star with a genetic profile ‘second to none,’ who had been injured in a car accident.”
You get the picture. And according to Buzzfeed, this isn’t the first time Paul has turned to the online resource for help with his big book report… er, political speeches. (Senator Paul’s office isn’t responding to requests for comment.) Watch the Maddow segment in its entirety below.