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After Trump’s ‘Parasite’ Meltdown, Distributor Suggests Dislike For Film Is Because ‘He Can’t Read’

Were President Donald Trump’s criticisms about a foreign film winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year based out of true contempt for it (and preference for other films)…or was it more the fact that the film he lamented winning had subtitles, and he didn’t want to (or couldn’t) read them?

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Following a rant about the Oscar-winning film Parasite he made earlier this week, the film’s distributor believes it’s the latter scenario.

Trump went after the film on Thursday night during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The movie, which came out of South Korea (and contained subtitles in American theaters) was less-deserving than other nominees, Trump suggested, tying Parasite with his own disdain with the South Korean government, for some reason.

“How bad were the Academy Awards this year? And the winner is a movie from South Korea,” the president lamented. “What was that all about? We got enough problems with South Korea, with trade. On top of it, they give them the best movie of the year? Was it good? I don’t know. “

Trump seemingly struggled, however, with naming a picture that was more deserving, instead citing older films should be brought back for consideration.

“Let’s get Gone With the Wind, can we get Gone With the Wind back, please? Sunset Boulevard? So many great movies. The winner is from South Korea,” Trump said.

NEON, the film company that distributed Parasite, responded to Trump’s rant by replying to a tweet showcasing a video of his complaints.

“Understandable, he can’t read,” the company wrote in a tweet.

The president’s reading prowess has been questioned in the past by many individuals and organizations, including members of his own administration.

In a book titled Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff, who had access to many White House personnel, wrote that many confided to him that Trump wasn’t a fan of reading.

“He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read,” Wolff wrote, according to The Atlantic. “He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-literate.”

According to Wolff, Trump’s own economic adviser at the time, Gary Cohn, said it was “worse than you can imagine.”

“Trump won’t read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers, nothing,” Cohn told Wolff in an email conversation. “He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”



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