Donald Trump doesn’t watch movies.
Yes, I know that he has infamously said his favorite film is Bloodsport and that the White House apparently had a screening of Joker, but let’s be honest here: Trump doesn’t give a crap about culture or the arts. Unless something puts him front and center or parrots back his bullsh*t views, he’s not interested. He doesn’t want to enrich himself or the world with film, music, theater, and so on. His cultural illiteracy is nowhere near his worst quality as a human being but it does speak volumes as to how he processes everything around him.
He loves to attack the big evil Hollywood elites too. Not out of jealousy, of course, even though it totally is. No, it’s because there’s a big liberal conspiracy in place to keep him down, fronted by Meryl Streep and all the people he fired from The Celebrity Apprentice. His newest target is Parasite, Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant social satire that made history by becoming the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture at the Oscars. At a rally in Colorado, Trump decided to go after a film he hasn’t seen. because expecting him to know anything about the stuff he’s attacking is too much work. Ivanka read him a bit of the Wikipedia page, I’m sure.
‘How bad were the Academy Awards this year? The winner is a movie from South Korea, what the hell was that all about? We got enough problems with South Korea with trade and on top of it, they give them the best movie of the year. Was it good? I don’t know. I’m looking for, like, can we get like Gone With The Wind back, please’
The Gone With the Wind reference got a big cheer. Trump then mentioned Sunset Boulevard, which elicited a less enthusiastic response from these philistines. I’m going to bet that Trump, if he ever actually saw Sunset Boulevard, didn’t get its themes, since it’s a movie about a decaying relic from a bygone age who essentially rots away in an obscenely tacky gilded mansion while the world moves on without them. Billy Wilder, a German immigrant, built his entire career out of films that essentially called the American Dream a crock of sh*t. I love that man.
Trump’s never been one to make his racist dog whistles subtle. He’s more like a racist foghorn. This one is taken straight from the white supremacy handbook — attack the foreign thing then contrast it with ‘true America.’ So, of course, his ‘true America’ choice is the big romantic love letter to the era of slavery and the genteel Southern ladies who own them. I’m guessing The Birth of a Nation wasn’t on his radar.
As much as Trump attacks the ‘Hollywood elites’, he wants nothing more than to be one of them. He clearly prizes being a celebrity more than being a politician. The Apprentice is probably ranked as his most beloved achievement over the f**king Presidency. He wants to be part of that crowd so badly. To him and to everyone who sees ‘eeeeevil left-wing art’ as proof of some industry-wide conspiracy, Parasite is further evidence to them of the biz being ‘out-of-touch’. Never mind that Parasite has made over $200 million worldwide, with over $44 million of that coming from American cinemas. Shockingly, a story about the crushing evils of capitalism and how it bleeds the working-classes dry while the privileged elites forever flourish has universal appeal. Trump would be angrier about that if he knew how to read subtitles, something the film’s distributor mocked.
Trump also tried to come for Brad Pitt, who made a John Bolton joke in his own Oscars speech, calling him ‘a little wiseguy.’ Apparently, Brad Pitt is now a gangster from a Jimmy Cagney movie.
Donald Trump has said the following regarding Brad Pitt’s speech at the Oscars:— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) February 21, 2020
“He got up and said little wiseguy statements. He’s a little wiseguy.”
We have no other choice than to stan wiseguy Brad Pitt. pic.twitter.com/DincSQvowk
Anyway, join the Bonghive for good luck and good taste.
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