CBC cut Donald Trump scene from Home Alone 2 and some Americans are furious
Political tensions are flaring once again between Canada and the U.S. — this time, over the 1992 comedy film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The drama started brewing in the days leading up to Christmas when the publicly-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) aired the classic holiday flick, minus a 10-second scene featuring U.S. President Donald Trump.
A full eight minutes worth of other scenes were also cut from the original, for the record, including a turtle dove exchange, a scene where Kevin McCallister goes swimming, and John Candy talking about big boy pants.
I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade! https://t.co/sndS7YvIGR— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2019
In the original movie, Macaulay Culkin's character (Kevin) chances upon Trump in New York City's Plaza Hotel. Trump, who at the time was merely a celebrity businessman, gives the young boy directions before going on his way.
It's a short, kind of pointless scene — one that the CBC felt could be cut without affecting the overall story, which is relevant in terms of why the broadcaster says it nixed Trump's cameo.
CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson said on Thursday that a total of eight minutes (including Trump's scene) were cut from the film back in 2014 to make way for commercials.
CBC responds to criticism that short scene featuring Donald Trump was deleted from movie Home Alone 2, which aired recently. Spokesperson says 'several' cuts made for time. 'These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president.'— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) December 26, 2019
"As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time," said Thompson in a statement.
"The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014, when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president."
The broadcaster denies that the edit was politically motivated, noting that Trump didn't officially announce his presidential campaign until June of 2015.
Trump and his supporters contest this claim.
CBC TV in Canada has cut Donald Trump’s Home Alone 2 cameo out of their broadcast.— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 26, 2019
They’re so triggered by him that they had to edit him out of the film.
"Absolutely pathetic. The liberal media like CBC is where Trump Derangement Syndrome manifests itself fully," wrote the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., in an Instagram caption on Thursday.
"Imagine being so pathetic in your quest to attain some BS level of wokeness that you need to cut out a scene that is probably one of the the most famous cameos of the era?" he continued.
"This is what we are up against in 2020, this is the filter by which most people receive their news."
Don Jr. Calls CBC 'Pathetic' for Cutting His Father out of Home Alone 2 https://t.co/UFAO3EIU0s— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 27, 2019
Trump himself took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday evening over the percieved snub, writing on Twitter: "I guess Justin T doesn't much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!"
Some Trump supporters, including at least one Fox News host, are going so far as to accuse the CBC of censorship.
"We know now that CBC is truly Canada's Communist Broadcasting Corporation," wrote one Twitter user.
"CBC, the state-funded broadcaster of Canada, has edited out President Trump's iconic cameo from their broadcast of the Christmas movie Home Alone 2."
“It’s also censorship” — here’s Fox & Friends whining about a Canadian network cutting a scene featuring a Trump cameo from a broadcast of “Home Alone 2” pic.twitter.com/WXYVEhoZ0l— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 26, 2019
"When politics merged with the entertainment industry, you get this," wrote another person on Twitter.
"I've seen many movies with a markedly leftist slant, but this is the first time I've seen actual state censorship of a movie by our state broadcaster. We are becoming North Korea."
Some are calling for the CBC to be defunded or sued in light of the edit, while others are praising the broadcaster for "cutting the fat" out of an otherwise excellent holiday classic.
Whether the film is better or worse without the Trump cameo, CBC maintains that their decision had nothing to do with the now-president — the movie was simply shortened due to time constraints, as is standard for most broadcast networks.
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