U.S. President Donald Trump spent Thursday night at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and made a decision to take the opportunity to weigh in on this year's Academy Awards. He laid into the South Korean film after asking the audience, "How bad were the Academy Awards this year? What the hell is that all about?"
In June 2019, less than a month after "Parasite" began showing in South Korea, North Korean propaganda website DPRK Today had said that the movie was "making people realise again that the capitalist system is a rotten, sick society with a malignant tumor of rich-becoming-richer and poor-becoming-poorer, a society with no hope or future". He then commented on the Best Film Award and said, "The victor is... a movie from South Korea!"
The statement the Prez is likely referring to is Pitt's Best Supporting Actor speech, in which he blasted the Republican Senate for not allowing John Bolton to testify during Trump's impeachment trial.
While Trump is not happy about "Parasite" taking this year's Best Picture Oscar, he would have been equally unhappy had Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" taken the honour, given what he later said about Best Actor victor Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt stole the spotlight during this year's award season with his remarkably witty and hilarious acceptance speeches. During a February 20 rally in Colorado, Trump chose to bring up the Best Supporting Actor victor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
"The victor is a movie from South Korea".
"He got up, said a little wise guy thing".
"I assumed it was greatest global movie, no?" stated Trump, referencing the change.
"Understandable, he doesn't read", the post said.
"Can we get like, Gone with the Wind, back please?" he said. He also went after Best Picture victor Parasite, the first foreign film to take home that honor. "Little wise guy, he's a little wise guy".
The American distributor of Parasite, which is in Korean with subtitles, was quick to fire back on Twitter, kicking off the Trump-Neon feud just weird enough to make ideal sense for 2020. "Dumbing down of America", another Twitter user commented.
"The victor is from South Korea?" Robert E. Kelly, a professor of political science at South Korea's Pusan National University wrote, "The most revealing part is that Trump asked for "Gone with the Wind" back. It's also amusing Trump reminded his base that the South lost the war".