Canada’s public broadcaster CBC has found itself in an unexpected kerfuffle after eagle eyed viewers spotted that the broadcaster had excised current U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief cameo from a recent airing of the 1992 holiday hit “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”.
Social media picked up on the lack of the scene and reacted wildly to the point that one of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr., fired off a tweet calling the move ‘pathetic’.
Talk surrounding the deletion got so bad the network has now had to issue a statement about it, telling ComicBook.com that the edit was made due to running time constraints rather than being politically motivated:
“As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time. The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected President.”
The brief scene sees young Kevin (Macauley Culkin) asking Trump (playing himself) for directions in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel which he owned at the time. Trump himself recently talked about Home Alone 2’s boxoffice success during a Christmas Eve conference call with troops overseas.
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) December 26, 2019