Today in the dumbest timeline, an actor who played a president in an action movie where extraterrestrials blow up the White House showed more dignity than our actual president, a self-aggrandizing reality TV star with more failed businesses than asinine campaign promises.
Bill Pullman has rejected President Donald Trump’s co-opting of his iconic performance in Independence Day, which was crudely deep-faked into MAGA propaganda.
Here’s the video, which has accrued over 255,000 likes since the President retweeted it Saturday night.
The original speech penned by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich is inspirational, speaking about how people around the world laid down their differences to combat a common enemy, meaning mercilessly invading extraterrestrial forces. Pullman delivered the speech as noble President Thomas J. Whitmore, who inspired a ragtag crew that hoped to turn the tide against a crisis that threatened life as we know it.
It’s a great speech.
Mankind — that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.
We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist.
And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!
In the bizarre Deep Fake, Pullman’s voice is put into the puckered lips of Trump. The ensemble gathered before him is digitally altered to include Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Jr., Tucker Carlson, and Sean Hannity. The heavily altered clip suggests Trump is saying the people united can defeat the terrifying, life-threatening crisis that is COVID-19. Which is true! Sadly, nothing else the president has done has suggests this is his goal.
He used the word hoax when discussing the virus. He’s mocked governors in hard-hit states and threatened to withhold emergency funding unless those governors essentially kiss his ring. He’s created the Obamagate diversion. He’s floated the idea on national television that civilians explore untested medical tactics, including injecting disinfectant into the human body. He’s continued to undermine scientists and the press while his supporters engage in dangerous protests to re-open the economy. Finally, he and his son, Eric Trump, proposed the conspiracy theory that Democrats are prolonging the virus that has already killed 89,932 Americans so they can hurt Trump’s election chances.
In response to the stolen speech, Pullman did not deliver a fiery oration. Instead, he told The Hollywood Reporter, “My voice belongs to no one but me, and I’m not running for president — this year.”
No word yet on how Devlin and Emmerich feel about Trump’s speech snatching.
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