Trump Bashes Oscar Award to Korean Movie

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not a fan of “Parasite,” his biggest complaint being that the subtitled movie was made in South Korea. The U.S. distributor of the movie says it’s because Trump can’t read.

Trump talked about the Academy Awards during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday. “Parasite” was named best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to get the top honor.

A TV screen shows an image of South Korean director Bong Joon Ho during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on Feb. 10, 2020. Bong’s masterfully devious class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

“What the hell was that all about?” Trump said. “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.”

Neon, the U.S. distributor for the subtitled film, shot back on Twitter: “Understandable. He can’t read.”

The audience booed when Trump mentioned the Academy Awards and cheered when he said: “Can we get like ‘Gone with the Wind’ back please? ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ so many great movies.”

“Parasite” tells the story of how a family of four poor, unemployed people living in a slum basement apartment comically infiltrate a wealthy family at a luxurious mansion before things unravel violently and tragically.

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