It Came From Hollywood — and whatever the hell “it” is, it put a bee in Donald Trump’s bonnet Friday morning. First, dripping with sweat on the White House lawn (which sparked wisecracks about him increasing his meth dosage) he ranted about how
“Hollywood — I don’t call them the elites, I think the elites are the people that they go after in many cases — but Hollywood is really terrible,” the president said. “You talk about racism — 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!”
Then, without clarifying or elaborating, he careened onto a completely different topic, and began raving about China. So, what could his denunciation of Hollywood be about? We can only speculate. This is after all, the “mind” of Donald Trump we’re talking about. Is it possible that only now is he becoming aware that “Black KKKlansman” and “Vice” were both nominated for many Oscars, and Spike Lee took home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay a few months ago? Maybe so. Trump’s aides do their very best to keep him in the dark, in an insulated bubble. It’s called humoring a madman, and most of us have done it at one time or another while working in corporate America. Some bosses are nuts, sad fact of life.
Trump didn’t let his Vendetta du Jour against Hollywood rest, either. A few hours later, after arriving in Bedminster for his “vacation” (he was just there last week. He clocks more vacation time than work time, but perhaps that devolves to our advantage, he screws things up less) Trump tweeted this.
….to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019
So then journalists and pundits began looking round anew. WTF is pulling Trump’s chain? The most likely explanation for his angst was found in a post that Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee posted Wednesday night, which was a top trending topic on Twitter by Thursday. Here’s the text of that from Page Six:
“You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the WH again because we are going to pay you back so f—ing hard for all of this sh–,” the quote reads. “Planned Parenthoods on every damn corner. We’re going to repaint Air Force One p—y hat pink and fly if over your beloved Bible Belt 6 days a week, tossing birth control pills, condoms & atheist literature from the cockpit. We’re going to tax your mega churches so bad Joel Osteen will need to get a job at Chik Fil A to pay his light bill. Speaking of Chik Fil A, we’re buying cult leaders tortured with conversion therapy. Have fun with the new menu you bigoted f–ks.”
The quote adds, “Try the McPence. It’s a boiled unseasoned chicken breast that you have to eat in the closet with your mother. We’re going to gather up ALL of your guns, melt them down and turn them into a gargantuan metal mountain emblazoned with the face of Hillary Clinton. ALL parks will be renamed Rosa Parks asap. We’re replacing Confederate statures with BLM leaders and Mexican immigrants. Every single public school will be renamed after a child that was kidnapped by this regime. And after we fumigate the WH, we’re repainting the whole thing rainbow. Fox News will be taken over and turned into a family refugee shelter. We’re turning Hannity’s office into a giant unisex bathroom with changing tables and free tampons. And every single time a Trumpster complains about any of the changes, we’re adding an openly gay character to a Disney movie.”
Whoa! Now them’s fightin’ words! And of course Tommy Lee is getting his fair share of abuse on Twitter as a result.
Burning my Motley Crue CD’s now
— Quinton C. Odom (@odom_quinton) August 8, 2019
That’s theory two. Theory number three is that Trump is upset over Taylor Swift’s critique of himself and other Republicans. Here are excerpts from her Vogue interview:
Swift, who has been criticized for keeping her politics to herself, first took an explicit stance a month before the 2018 midterms. On Instagram, she endorsed Democrats for the Tennessee Legislature and called out the Republican running for Senate, Marsha Blackburn. “She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples,” Swift wrote. “She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
Swift says the post was partly to help young fans understand that if they wanted to vote, they had to register. To tell them, as she puts it, “Hey, just so you know, you can’t just roll up.” Some 65,000 new voters registered in the first 24 hours after her post, according to Vote.org.
Trump came to Blackburn’s defense the following day. “She’s a tremendous woman,” he told reporters. “I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her. Let’s say I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?”
We’re sure Taylor Swift wilted when she heard that. In any event, The Vogue article brought out Trump supporter Kid Rock from under his rock and here’s what he had to say.
Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
Vengeance was swift, sayeth the Lord, starting with Pastor Jon Pavlovitz.
Nah—the oldest move in the book is for racist, irrelevant hack musicians to take social media pot shots at actual talented superstars with moral compasses who are leveraging their fame to help people instead of bowing to a white supremacist President.
We see you, tiny.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 9, 2019
Amen, Bob. She should be a real American like you, growing up on a six acre estate complete with tennis court and horse paddock, and then bravely adopting a faux “redneck shitkicker” cosplay persona. God bless you, buddy ruff. https://t.co/OLlL430TnN
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 9, 2019
Not getting many offers, eh Kid? Don't worry, Trump has plenty of room for bitter hasbeens in his camp. Say hi to Scott Baio and Jon Voight, won't you?
— RJ(TO) (@RJTO65) August 9, 2019
Literally any rock is better than Kid Rock. Fraggle Rock, Jailhouse Rock, the Rock, Chris Rock, a small rock that flew up from the road and cracked my windshield.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 9, 2019
He forgot Pet Rock and my personal favorite, Rock Lobster. 3:39, enjoy.
And if you want to vote on what upset Trump about Hollywood today, do so in the threads. Here are the choices:
- Black KKKlansman and Vice;
- Tommy Lee;
- Taylor Swift;
- All of the above;
- Something else. See my comment.
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