U.S. President Donald Trump is once again in the entertainment news columns, this time for comments made whilst speaking to press outside the White House on Friday.
After criticising big tech companies earlier in the week with plans to draft an executive order to address allegations of apparent anti-conservative bias among the Silicon Valley set, he’s now set his sights on the filmmaking industry and claims that Hollywood is racist. Trump said:
“Hollywood – I don’t call them the elites because I think the elites are people they go after, in many cases – but Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist, Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
Trump, who offered no examples proving his claims, also criticised what he feels is political bias by Hollywood companies whom he claims to be holding meetings with soon. He says: “They treat conservatives, Republicans, totally different than they treat others and they can’t do that.”
The comments come in the wake of this week’s stalling of the marketing of Universal’s satirical thriller “The Hunt” which is set in an America that allows the superwealthy to hunt average, everyday people for sport. The pause button was hit on the publicity campaign in the wake of the shootings in California, Texas and Ohio.
Oddly what seemed to be a non-issue has become one in the last day or so thanks mainly to Fox News who has been stirring the pot saying there has been “significant backlash” to the film because it depicts “MAGA types” being “stalked for sport by elite liberals” and it conveys “sick murder fantasies about right-wingers”.
Trump’s comments meanwhile come days after he launched an attack on the video game industry following last weekend’s shootings. In those comments, he blamed ‘gruesome and grisly video games’ for creating a ‘culture of violence’.
Source: The Wrap