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Even four years into his term, Donald Trump can’t stop obsessing over Hollywood, this time setting his sights on Oscar winner Parasite. At a Colorado rally this week, the president mocked the South Korean movie’s Best Picture win at this year’s Academy Awards, grousing over the lack of love for Gone With the Wind, a four-hour epic that Trump, who has a famously short attention span, has definitely seen. But Parasite‘s U.S. distributor Neon was quick to hit back at Trump, mocking another thing that Trump is famous for: his inability to read.
At a Colorado rally on Thursday, President Trump criticized Parasite‘s historic Best Picture win at the Academy Awards this year, according to Variety.
“How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked, to jeers from the crowd. “Did you see it? The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about? We 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. Let’s get ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?”
Gone With the Wind won the Oscar for Best Picture 80 years ago, long before Trump — who likely looked at the Wikipedia list of highest-grossing American Oscar winners to come up with that zinger — was born. I also highly doubt that Trump has the attention span to sit through the 4-hour David O. Selznick epic, but anything I say to poke holes at the president’s speech can’t compare to Neon’s Twitter burn of Trump.
“Understandable, he can’t read,” the Twitter account for the U.S. distributor of Parasite posted. It’s a perfect cherry on top to the ongoing discourse online over whether Americans should be forced to read subtitles to enjoy Bong Joon-ho’s darkly satirical masterpiece. Spoilers: they should.
Understandable, he can't read.#Parasite #BestPicture #Bong2020 https://t.co/lNqGJkUrDP
— NEON @neonrated February 21, 2020
Trump later continued in his tirade against Parasite, “I thought it was best foreign film, right? Best foreign movie. Did this ever happen before?”
He was right that this never happened before — Parasite‘s Best Picture win marks the first time a foreign-language film has won the Oscar’s highest honor. But Trump’s whole speech is sadly in line with the president’s ongoing xenophobic messaging and anti-Asian sentiment. Trump has been criticized before for mocking the accents of South Korean leaders and his whole agenda has been based on anti-immigrant bias and xenophobia.
But nice burn, Neon. We have nothing but respect....
Once again, Last Week Tonight came from what John Oliver likes to call the “empty white void” to shed more light on how certain people in leadership positions in our country are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Spoiler alert: some of them are doing a good job while others, well, not so much.
After giving us a taste of Jeremy Renner’s album “The Medicine” he started off by saying, “I hate this moment in human history so much.”
Earlier this week, Donald Trump said that the White House is projecting 100,000-240,000 deaths due to the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Besides leading disease forecasters being mystified by these numbers, Trump somehow tried to spin the numbers as a good job on his part because it’s not millions. Oliver said it’s the most callous way to minimize the death of Americans as much as possible.
Oliver points out that the federal response has been actively making things worse such as the botched rollout in testing and putting the responsibility on the states for supplies. Jared Kushner, who Oliver referred to as an alt-right Pinocchio, said during a press conference that states — many of which are in badly need of supplies — should not count on the federal stockpile of supplies. Or as he referred to them: “our stockpiles”.
Nonetheless, Oliver praised the work of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during the crisis. On the flip side, he addressed the more irresponsible handling from other governors including Georgia’s Brian Kemp who didn’t realize that there are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 even though most of us have known since February. Meanwhile, Alabama’s Kay Ivey refused to implement a stay at home order because they aren’t California or New York even though the growth rate of the coronavirus in Alabama is higher than California.
“I’ll give her this… Alabama isn’t California or New York,” said Oliver. “It is, of course, Alabama, a state whose flag says ‘we’re working on it’; whose seal says ‘This is where Alabama is’ and its facts page on 50 states.com is 50 facts about Indiana.”
Of all of the governors, Oliver calls out Florida’s Ron DeSantis as the worst. The state saw an explosion of cases throughout March, which is alarming considering 1 in 5 of its residents are over the age of 65, which is a high-risk age for COVID-19. DeSantis said that he would only issue a statewide stay-at-home order if the president told him. “When he did the right thing, he fucked it up,” said Oliver.
DeSantis exempted churches on bans of large gatherings and exempted them from social distancing requirements. Oliver said DeSantis made it...
John Oliver made his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on March 29 after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the late night host wasted no time ripping Donald Trump for his “failed” and “irresponsible” response to the global pandemic. As Oliver said, “Again and again, Trump has failed to give this crisis the seriousness it deserves…It didn't need to be this hard. That is why it is so profoundly disheartening that we are being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anyone in recorded history.”
“It's critically important for America to be getting a clear, consistent message about the severity of the threat we're currently facing,” Oliver added. “That is the only way we will be able to manage this virus, contain casualties, and get back to something resembling normalcy.”
Oliver expressed criticism over Trump’s delay in responding to the coronavirus threat, noting that Trump could have helped solve the nationwide shortage in hospital masks and ventilators by enacting the Defense Production Act as early as late January or February. Had Trump made the move, he would have pushed companies like General Motors to produce supplies sooner. Oliver argued Trump waited too long, only to tell the country that his administration is ahead of the outbreak.
“It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate just how irresponsible that attitude is,” Oliver said. “Because we wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing, the virus is now widespread. And thanks to how we have massively botched the rollout of testing the virus, we still don’t know how exactly how bad things are.”
Oliver added, “For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening that this president.” The television host concluded by saying he is “rooting for [Trump] to do this better,” pointing to how Ohio governor Mike DeWine and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have responded.
The March 29 episode of “Last Week Tonight” was Oliver’s first since signing off for a hiatus on March 16. During that episode, Oliver blasted Trump’s coronavirus response as “catastrophic” and urged Americans to listen to the Center of Disease Control over the President when it comes to facts about the pandemic. Oliver said the White House’s response was a “complete mess” because of all the lies Trump has told the American people.
New episodes of “Last Week Tonight” air Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.