Why Trump won’t watch the Os­cars

CityPress - - News - GAYLE ED­MUNDS ged­munds@city­press.co.za

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will not watch tonight’s Academy Awards cer­e­mony, prob­a­bly be­cause he is likely to be the butt of Hol­ly­wood jokes – and, as his Twit­ter ac­count proves, he is not good at tak­ing crit­i­cism.

His press sec­re­tary, Sean Spicer, said Trump won’t be watch­ing be­cause he’s too busy and doesn’t re­ally care, The Char­lotte Ob­server re­ported.

“I think Hol­ly­wood is known for be­ing rather far to the left in its opin­ions, and I’ve got to be hon­est with you, I think the pres­i­dent will be host­ing the Gover­nors’ Ball that night,” Spicer said.

“Mrs Trump looks for­ward to putting on a phe­nom­e­nal event.”

Trump is at war with Hol­ly­wood, and called ac­tress Meryl Streep “over­rated” when she crit­i­cised him at the re­cent Golden Globe Awards cer­e­mony.

Yes­ter­day, Oscar-win­ner Jodie Foster threw her weight be­hind anti-Trump protests planned at the Oscar cer­e­mony, telling de­mon­stra­tors protest­ing against Trump’s pro­posed travel ban on peo­ple from seven mainly Mus­lim coun­tries that it is “our time to re­sist”.

But Trump had a prob­lem with the Os­cars even be­fore he got into pol­i­tics. In a se­ries of tweets in 2014, he started off with: “I don’t know how much longer I can take this bullsh*it – so ter­ri­ble!” This was fol­lowed by: “This can­not be the Academy Awards #Os­cars AW­FUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” In 2015, he tweeted: “Worst graph­ics and stage back­drop ever at the Os­cars. Show is ter­ri­ble, re­ally BOR­ING!” He then tweeted: “I should host the #Os­cars just to shake things up – this is not good!”

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