- 21 Feb 20
Parasite made history as the first foreign film to win the Academy Award for best picture.
U.S. President Donald Trump mocked Academy Award winner Parasite in a speech at a Colorado rally for being a South Korean film.
"How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see? 'And the winner is... a movie from South Korea'," he said, met with loud agreement from the crowd.
"What the hell was that all about?," he continued. "We've got enough problems with South Korea with trade, on top of it they give them the best movie of the year?"
Parasite made Academy Award history as the first foreign language film to win the Best Picture award. The dark comedy, set in South Korea, explores issues of class and social inequality through two families at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum. Read Hot Press' full review here.
Director Bong Joon-Ho addressed the nation's prejudice against foreign films during his acceptance speech for best foreign film at the Golden Globes in January. "Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films," he said with the help of a translator.
Trump did not agree with Joon-Ho's sentiment.
"Can we get Gone with the Wind back?" he pleaded, referencing the Civil War-era film that swept at the awards ceremony but has since been widely criticised for its racist stereotypes.
In response to the remarks, Parasite distributor Neon tweeted: "Understandable, he can't read."
— NEON (@neonrated) February 21, 2020
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Trump goes off on the Oscars for giving Best Picture to Parasite because it's a South Korean movie pic.twitter.com/GUGKdExTbw
— Claudia Koerner (@ClaudiaKoerner) February 21, 2020