Trump Politics Polarize the Entertainment Industry
By: Kenny Velez
Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure, especially since he became the President of the United States in 2017.
In Hollywood, the reaction to Trump has mostly been negative.
Starting with the 2017 Academy Awards, President Trump was a punchline for actors who oppose his positions. In that year’s Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel mentioned Trump by name, one of the few people at that event to do so.
Others made reference to Trump, his politics, and his Twitter account without mentioning him by name. Among the things that were said there: “Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fears,” said by Anousheh Ansari, from a statement written by Asghar Farhadi.
She continues, “[F]ilmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever.”
“I work around the world and this is for all the immigrants,” said Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of three people who accepted the Academy Award for makeup and hairstyling for their work in “Suicide Squad.”
Several stories released over the past few years have referenced Trump and his administration. Notably, only one has attempted to portray Trump and his supporters in a positive light.
In the show “Roseanne”, the first episode of the season that debuted in 2018 features Roseanne voting for Donald Trump. This causes problems with her sister, who voted for Hillary Clinton, or as Roseanne calls her: “the worst person on Earth.”
Then a few minutes later, her sister shows up at her front door wearing a pink Pussyhat from the Women’s March in Washington last year. As soon as they meet, they insult each other using political beliefs associated with both presidential candidates.
Roseanne is called out for wrapping the American flag around her. Her husband looks for his gun to avoid the kids finding it after Roseanne’s sister insults them over it, which is a reference to recent events revolving around gun control.
Throughout the episode, they both insult each other over their politics, even with their family members around. Roseanne’s son DJ is a veteran who recently came home from Syria, and her sister thanks him for his service.
It also turns out that she didn’t vote for Clinton, she voted for Jill Stein because of Roseanne’s actions getting to her. After that, they come to an understanding.
Usually in modern stories, characters who are Trump supporters are not sympathetic or viewed in a positive light. In fact, they are bad people, according to the writers.
The movie “Black Panther,” released earlier this year, referenced the Trump administration in its Stinger.
In it, T’Challa says: “The wise build bridges while fools build barriers.” It can easily be interpreted as an attack on the Trump administration.
“Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1, written by Nick Spencer, also depicts Trump-style politics. Released in 2016 before the Presidential Election, it features an allegory of Trump.
The villain of the issue, the Red Skull, spouts a bunch of lines that can be traced back to Trump. He talks to a bunch of potential HYDRA recruits about various things. Among them: the idea that refugees are “criminal trespassers” who cross the borders of Europe and the United States, and do things such as attack the women of their countries and blow up their cities.
He also says that speaking out against these things will result in you being called a bigot. A fictionalized version of Donald Trump appeared in the anime adaptation of “Inuyashiki” in an episode that was released in December 2017.
In that episode, he dismisses all the lives that will be lost in an upcoming meteor strike.