Over the Holidays, the Canadian Broadcasting Company aired “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” but viewers noticed a clear omission. President Trump’s cameo appearance was curiously removed from the state-owned television broadcast, causing Twitter user to pounce.
President Trump has treated the incident as it deserves… as a joke. He tweeted about it, saying that “Justin T” (Prime Minister Trudeau) must have not liked the new demands about NATO and the trade deal recently passed.
“I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade! The movie will never be the same! (just kidding).”
— US President Donald Trump tweet about Justin Trudeau
“I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!,” Trump tweeted, referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The movie will never be the same! (just kidding),” Trump added.
Sharp viewers blasted the state-owned broadcaster earlier Thursday after noticing Trump’s scene was missing from the 1992 sequel, which aired earlier in the month.
In the iconic holiday film, Macaulay Culkin’s character, Kevin McCallister, walks into the Plaza Hotel by himself as he is separated from his family. He runs into a passerby played by Trump and asks, “Excuse me, where’s the lobby?”
“Down the hall and to the left,” Trump responds as he towers over a young Culkin.
At least one person also pointed the finger at Trudeau.
“I bet ‘two faced’ Trudeau made the call directly to the @CBC and demanded they cut the scene… or maybe just black it out #DefundCBC,” wrote user @Texas4trump2020.
Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” after the prime minister was caught on video making fun of him to other world leaders earlier this month at the NATO summit in London. The gibe could have also be a reference to Trudeau’s multiple blackface scandals.
Responding to the outrage, the CBC said the movie wasn’t edited for political purposes, but to allow for commercial breaks.
“As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,” Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs at the CBC, said in a statement.
The edits “were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president,” the statement said.
Sure. Is it standard practice to prepare broadcast material three years before it is aired?