Supporters of President Donald Trump are furious after his cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was edited out of a version of the film that aired on Canadian TV over the holidays.
In the official release of the sequel to the Macaulay Culkin Christmas classic, Trump makes an appearance at The Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time. He has exactly one line, as he gives Kevin McCallister (Culkin) directions to the hotel’s lobby: “Down the hall and to the left.”
The entire scene is very easily removed without disrupting the story at all, so it makes sense that this would be one of the edits made when the network shortened the film’s run time to include commercials.
Nevertheless, Trump and his family obviously felt this was a very important matter to weigh in on.
‘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
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
Pro-Trump site PJ Media arbitrarily pushed the conspiracy theory that the edit was made between 2014 and 2015 airings of the film in response to Trump announcing his candidacy for the presidency, claiming “it would have been noticed” if the extraneous scene had been missing earlier.
However, CBC’s head of public affairs, Chuck Thompson, said the edits “were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president.”
“As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time,” Thompson told CNBC. “The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot.”
That didn’t stop Fox News from slamming the edit as “censorship.”
The CBC “Home Alone 2” edit in question was made in 2014, long before Trudeau was in office. Trump is too lazy or shameless (or both) to spend 30 seconds figuring this out before tossing out false smears. https://t.co/LmEOkwlDU9 https://t.co/taaGCZ4Dj7 https://t.co/yjXRBN6SBd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 27, 2019
And other Trump lovers compulsively had to show their support in this trying time, as well.
I love seeing your cameo in Home Alone 2, President Trump! It makes me proud, especially when I consider how you’re reshaping the courts with Conservative judges!— Bradley Scott 🙏🇺🇸 (@Hoosiers1986) December 27, 2019
It’s sad that so many Leftists are so emotionally immature that a simple cameo is too much for them. 😢😂
We love you Mr. PRESIDENT !! We watch it every year!!🎄❤🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/xCjRNnS3YB— Adriana (@Naughtep) December 27, 2019
WOW! Really? A government removing people they don't like their political position from movies?— Lori Hendry TEXT TRUMP TO 88022 (@Lrihendry) December 27, 2019
Hopefully freedom loving Canadians will stand up to this latest form of communist censorship.
But life is too short for us to give all the attention to people who are so caught up in the Cult of Trump that a Canadian network editing out a five-second cameo is ruining their holidays—er, Christmas.
Fortunately, there were a lot of great responses to the outrage.
i really hate when they cut this scene from it's a wonderful life pic.twitter.com/NHOfM2GFSy— Dale Wood (@DaleWoodd0) December 26, 2019
DID YOU HAVE ME CUT OUT OF HOME ALONE IN CANADA?! pic.twitter.com/s6ZX72ofMf— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 27, 2019
Pretty hilarious given the degree to which Fox News regularly censors....facts out of the news.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) December 26, 2019
UPDATE: turns out the scene was cut *for time* back in *2014*, before Trump was POTUS or even a candidate. This is the kind of fact-checking done on FOX "news".— JKDAnthony10 (@JKDAnthony10) December 26, 2019
A meaningless 7 seconds cameo of @realDonaldTrump was edited out of Home Alone 2 by the CBC (back in 2014) & the US media treated it like the major news story for a solid 24 hours.— *you're (@RKJ65) December 27, 2019
Why is everything so stupid?
Including some well-known rumors about all of Trump’s cameos…
The Clown was only in the movie to placate him as a condition of filming the scene in that building.— PG (@Virginian_x) December 26, 2019
Then later edited out those shots. Home Alone was one of the few that kept it in.— Darlene🇺🇸 (@DarleneNoNumber) December 27, 2019
How fragile do you have to be to take notice of your brief cameo in a decades-old movie was cut?— Gary M. Sarli♿️ (@GMSarli) December 27, 2019
P.S. You only got that cameo because you demanded it in exchange for using that location for shooting. Because you're a fragile narcissist who is just needy, needy, needy.
And a couple of particularly vicious burns we love to see.
If Donald Trump is this enraged at being edited out of Home Alone 2, we can't wait to see how much he whines and cries once he's edited out of the presidency.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 27, 2019
In retaliation for Justin Trudeau having him cut out of Home Alone 2 - Donald Trump tried to have Justin Trudeau edited out of this photo - but then Melania kept having him photoshopped BACK in. pic.twitter.com/Cjw7cl6Sn0— Paul Lidicul (@PaulLidicul) December 27, 2019
But even if Trump is edited out of literally one Canadian version of Home Alone 2, one thing will always remain true:
Gotta give credit where credit is due. pic.twitter.com/wS5NQ2XVnf— 𝙎𝙋𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙁𝙊𝙍𝘾𝙀 𝙁𝙍𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙄𝙎😺 (@FrancisWegner) December 26, 2019