Friday morning, President Trump blasted Hollywood as “racist” and alluded to a movie “The Hunt” about elite liberals literally hunting “deplorables” for sport.
Per Variety, Trump followed up on Twitter in the afternoon, appearing to refer more overtly to the controversy over “The Hunt.”
“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order…. to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
The release of “The hunt” has been cancelled, at least for now.
Per LATimes, Universal Pictures has canceled the September release of “The Hunt” in the wake of recent mass shootings, intense scrutiny from conservative media and tweets by President Trump seen as alluding to the film as a movie “made in order … to inflame and cause chaos.”
“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for ‘The Hunt,’ after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a Universal representative said in a statement Saturday. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
The film’s cast is led by “GLOW” Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Ike Barinholtz as strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being hunted for sport. Oscar winner Hilary Swank also stars. Directed by Craig Zobel (“Compliance,” “Z for Zachariah”) from a script by Nick Cuse and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof and produced by Lindelof and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, it was scheduled to be released Sept. 27.
A source close to the project confirmed that any decision about when — or on what platform, theatrical or streaming — “The Hunt” may be released in the future remains up to Universal.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com