Just days after taking on «The Hunt,» President Trump is hitting the Oscars, claiming «nobody wants to watch» the annual televised ceremony because viewers are tired of performers disrespecting «the people that won the election in 2016.»
«The Academy Awards is on hard times now,» Trump said Tuesday, during a speech in Pennsylvania billed as focusing on American manufacturing and energy. «You know why?» he asked of the Hollywood gala, which aired nearly six months ago. «Because they started taking us on. Everyone got tired of it.»
«That used to be second after the Super Bowl, and now all of a sudden it’s just another show, because people got tired of people getting up and making fools of themselves,» Trump continued, «and disrespecting the people in this room and the people that won the election in 2016.»
While the ratings for the 2019 Oscars in February were up more than 10 percent from the previous year, the broadcast still had its second-smallest audience ever.
Some critics have panned Hollywood awards shows in recent years for taking on an increasingly political tone in the Trump era. At least year’s Tony Awards, Robert De Niro made headlines when he declared «F— Trump» onstage. Meryl Streep slammed then-President-elect Trump as a «bully» at the 2017 Golden Globes.
Trump’s remarks about the Oscars come less than a week after he took aim at the controversial film «The Hunt.»
Universal Pictures made the surprise move on Saturday to cancel the September release of the movie, which had been described as a satire about a «group of elites» who hunt «deplorables» — following intense backlash from Trump and conservatives about the reported politically charged violence depicted in it.
Without naming «The Hunt,» Trump blasted the entertainment industry last week in comments to reporters and on Twitter, blaming Hollywood for creating «very dangerous» films.