Speaking yesterday at a Colorado rally, Donald Trump took aim at South Korean film, Parasite.
The Bong Joon Ho-directed movie recently made history by becoming the first foreign-language film to take out the Best Picture Oscar.
Donald Trump has criticised the recent Oscar victory of South Korean film Parasite, calling for a return of movies like Gone With the Wind.
“How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked the crowd.
“The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?” He continued. “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?”
“I thought it was best foreign film, right? Best foreign movie,” he continued. “Did this ever happen before?”
Trump goes off on the Oscars for giving Best Picture to Parasite because it’s a South Korean movie pic.twitter.com/GUGKdExTbw
— Claudia Koerner (@ClaudiaKoerner) February 21, 2020
Trump also took aim at Brad Pitt, who had criticised the handling of Trump’s impeachment trial during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor.
In response, Trump said he was “never a fan” of Pitt.
Neon, the American production company who handled the distribution of Parasite, responded to Trump’s criticisms with a lighthearted tweet, joking that it was understandable that he couldn’t comprehend the subtitled film because “he can’t read”.
As a result, #GoneWithTheWind is now the seventh trending hashtag on Twitter. Check out some of the responses below.
When I saw Gone With The Wind was trending I assumed another part of Trump’s wall had fallen. pic.twitter.com/o3XOfwOyiX
— CK (@charley_ck14) February 21, 2020
Me running to Twitter to see why Gone with the Wind is trending.
Also me running away after finding out Gone with the Wind is trending. pic.twitter.com/CXLxQqH7kh
— Cameron Grant (@extracoolcam101) February 21, 2020
trump watching gone with the wind again in the white house screening room pic.twitter.com/kAN3TgkvXc
— nick usen (@nickusen) February 21, 2020
— W. E. B. Dem Bois (@WEB_DemBois) February 21, 2020
Me: Classic movie lover sees “Gone with the Wind” is trending. <clicks on tab to see why> pic.twitter.com/lfTbLNbKaX
— Maureen Lee Lenker (@themaureenlee) February 21, 2020
“Gone with the Wind? I don’t even know her.” pic.twitter.com/jDTgP1BjcB
— alexandra. ✨ (@historynerd97) February 21, 2020
Racism is Trump’s brand. Here he is ridiculing #Parasite (probably because it required reading which is not his forte):
“And the winner is a movie from South Korea. What the hell was that all about? … Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?” pic.twitter.com/rmJuMn6gI2
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) February 21, 2020
Trump complains that South Korean films are winning Oscars and that we need more like “Gone With The Wind,” a movie that even in 1939 was recognized as being racist as hell https://t.co/1pv7KOv8U2 pic.twitter.com/vagYfs1CUy
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 21, 2020
“Gone with the Wind” was a superb choice. People knew their place back then. But I’m surprised Trump didn’t pick “The Birth of a Nation”. It contains a virtual road map to make America great again!
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) February 21, 2020