Whilst President Trump is busy dodging impeachment bullets and an onslaught of controversy, he’s thrown himself into the film world with some questionable comments about Parasite’s Best Picture victory at the Oscars.
His comments came at a very curious time, as he talked about the Oscars at his campaign rally in Colorado Springs. The audience appeared to be in agreement with Trump’s views, as they booed the mere mention of the academy, whilst also cheering when he asked for them to bring back Gone with the Wind (1939) and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
Was [Parasite] good? I don’t know.Donald Trump
America’s 45th President, the infamous head honcho of the Trump family, said, “What the hell was that all about?” when discussing Parasite, elaborating when he added, “We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give them best movie of the year. Was it good? I don’t know.”
It would appear as though his distaste for Parasite winning Best Picture, a hugely meaningful moment in Oscar’s long-winded history, is motivated sheerly by race, much like the various YouTube personalities who were outraged over a foreign film nabbing the top prize.
Vox pointed out that Trump’s two film mentions exaggerate this clear racial intention behind his outcry, as they said, Gone with the Wind, the 1940 Best Picture winner, is both a respected classic and a film that perpetuates racial stereotypes and various Civil War myths.”
At the end of the day, Trump isn’t a film critic nor does he have a reputation for worthwhile opinions when it comes to the entertainment industry and so, as could be predicted, people either shrugged off his views as a distraction from all of the controversy surrounding his investigation or they met it with equal outrage.
Bong Joon-ho won the most Oscars for the 2019 ceremony and no doubt couldn’t care less about what the President of a country he doesn’t reside in thinks – after all, he’s too busy making his Oscars kiss, being the lovable dork that he is.
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Last modified: 23rd February 2020