Should the president stay out of entertainment? | The Tylt
President Donald Trump took time out of his busy schedule to share his hot takes on the Academy Awards last night and he was not too happy about what he saw. Celebrities, they really are just like us! The president was especially annoyed by the speech given by Spike Lee, who won his first Academy Award for writing "BlacKkKlansman." While Lee didn't mention the president by name, Trump resented the remarks and sent some spicy tweets about them. Should politicians just stick to politics?
Should the president stay out of entertainment?
Indiewire recaps Lee's remarks during his acceptance speech for winning Best Adapted Screenplay.
While accepting his Oscar, Lee encouraged viewers to “do the right thing” in the upcoming 2020 election. The director did not name Trump, but it was clear he was stumping for the Democrats. “When we regain our humanity it will be a powerful moment,” Lee said. “The 2020 election is around the corner – let’s all mobilize and be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”
Trump was still offended by Lee's statements, which he characterized as a "racist hit."
Lee brushed off the president's remarks, saying he would not allow himself to get dragged into a conversation about being "anti-American."
“Well, it’s okee-doke, you know,” Lee said when asked about Trump’s criticism. “They change the narrative. They did the same thing with the African-American players who were kneeling, trying to make it into an anti-American thing, an anti-patriotic thing, and an anti-military thing. But no one’s going for that.”
Lee wasn't the only person who felt the president was swerving out of his lane. The day after the awards show, Meghan McCain derisively called Trump a "reality-show president" and accused him of misusing his time. Per Fox News:
“Art is political… I’m not one of these people who think everyone in Hollywood should shut the blank up,” McCain said, before turning her attention to Trump.
“We have a reality-show president. He’s using his time this way and I don’t understand what the problem is, and I wish the Oscars and all awards shows would lean into it a little bit.
“These are tumultuous times and we are in a pool that we say controversial things all the time. It’s not so bad, life does go on, and it’s OK for people to speak their truth when they get an award.”
This is far from the first time the president has shared his hot takes on the entertainment industry. After the 2017 Oscars, the president told Breitbart he felt the ceremony had lost some of the glitz and glamour he personally valued. Per Vanity Fair:
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said, referring to the chaotic moment when La La Land was mistakenly announced as the best-picture winner instead of the rightful victor, Moonlight—and to the several presenters and winners who took digs at the president himself throughout the night, both directly and obliquely.
“It was a little sad,” Trump continued. “It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.” Trump did not, however, directly mention Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel, who tweaked the president most sharply during the ceremony by tweeting at him on stage—daring Trump to respond.