A Canadian TV network cut President Trump’s cameo from “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” and he seems to be OK with it.
Twitter was abuzz over the holiday when viewers watching the CBC broadcast of the Christmastime sequel noticed a glaring omission: a famous scene in which Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister wanders into Trump’s Plaza Hotel and asks the owner himself for directions to the lobby.
On Thursday, Trump took to — where else? — Twitter to weigh in on the scrub.
“I guess Justin [Trudeau] doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” he wrote, taking a swipe at the Canadian prime minister before joking, “The movie will never be the same! (just kidding)”
The movie will never be the same! (just kidding) https://t.co/FogquK1ei7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2019
At the NATO summit earlier this month, Trump took a shot at Trudeau after the prime minister was caught on camera allegedly mocking him. As in his “Home Alone 2" tweet, the president suggested Trudeau was acting out because he was “not very happy about” Trump demanding NATO members spend 2% of their gross domestic product on defense.
There is no evidence to suggest that Trudeau or the CBC deleted Trump’s “Home Alone” scene in retaliation to his politics. In fact, that scene was trimmed long before Trump’s presidency, which the network’s head of public affairs noted while defending the move on Twitter Thursday.
“As many are asking ... CBC’s airing of ‘Home Alone 2' was edited for time,” the CBC’s Chuck Thompson wrote. “This happens regularly with films adapted for television. 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.”
As many are asking...— Chuck Thompson (@ChuckTCBC) December 26, 2019
CBC’s airing of Home Alone 2 was edited for time. This happens regularly with films adapted for television. 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.
On Thursday, Trump also shared a clip from “Fox & Friends,” during which the hosts expressed skepticism toward the CBC’s explanation and accused the network of “censorship.” The CBC insists the choice was not “politically motivated.”
Regardless, the deletion ruffled some of the president’s supporters online, including Donald Trump Jr., who was quicker to respond than his father. On Thursday morning, Trump Jr. shared and quoted a BizPac Review article calling the edit “pathetic.”
‘Pathetic’: Canada’s CBC under fire when Trump’s cameo in ‘Home Alone 2’ disappears from Christmas broadcast https://t.co/zJUij9qrLe— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 26, 2019
Trump’s appearance in “Home Alone 2" has been a running gag since before he took office. In another recent viral Twitter moment, many noticed that the movie’s Wikipedia page had been temporarily altered to reflect current events surrounding the commander in chief.
“On December 18th, 2019, Donald Trump became the first cast member of ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives,” read the entry — which has since disappeared but will be forever immortalized on Twitter.
Briefly spotted on the Wikipedia entry for "Home Alone 2" 😂 pic.twitter.com/j3Ls49Slvt— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 20, 2019
“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” including Trump’s cameo, is available to stream on Disney+, which is also plotting a remake of the 1990 original, thanks to the studio giant’s recent Fox acquisition.