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“Parasite” Indie Distributor Claps Back at Trump’s Rally Comments

The distributor behind Oscar Best Picture “Parasite” clapped back after President Trump criticized the Academy Awards’ choice at a rally in Colorado.

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The distributor behind Oscar Best Picture “Parasite” clapped back after President Trump criticized the Academy Awards’ choice at a rally in Colorado. 

“Understandable, he can't read,” the independent production company NEON tweeted late Thursday while sharing a video from the campaign rally. “Parasite’s” historic win as the first South Korean and non-English language film to take Best Picture was one of the many memorable moments from the Academy Awards earlier this month. 

“How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” Trump shouted to a rowdy crowd in a manner often seen at his rallies. “Did you see? And the winner is a movie from South Korea. What the hell was that all about?”

He went on: “We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give them best movie of the year. Was it good? I don’t know.”
 

Trump, who indicated that he has not seen “Parasite,” then drummed up nostalgia for 20th-century films with predominantly white casts. He mentioned “Gone with the Wind,” a best picture winner in 1940, and “Sunset Boulevard,” a 1950 movie that was nominated for best picture. He also called Brad Pitt “a little wise guy.”

The Democratic National Committee also responded to Trump’s comments on Twitter.

“Parasite,” the acclaimed film from director Bong Joon Ho that focuses on the bleak inequality in South Korea, was also the first to win in the newly renamed “Best International Feature Film” category. The category was previously called “Best Foreign Language Film,” and Joon Ho acknowledged the renamed category onstage through interpreter Sharon Choi while accepting an award.