Update: President Donald Trump responded on Twitter, joking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must "not like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!"
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
The movie will never be the same! (just kidding) https://t.co/FogquK1ei7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2019
Yes, President Trump's cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was axed by CBC TV in Canada. A spokesman for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation confirmed the edit, telling Yahoo Entertainment that Trump's scene from the 1992 film was "one of several" cut for time.
"As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time," the statement began. "The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president."
During the scene in question, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) walks into the Plaza Hotel and runs into Trump, the former owner of the swanky New York City establishment.
"Excuse me. Where's the lobby," Culkin asks.
"Down the hall and to the left," Trump replies.
Trump appears on screen for less than 10 seconds, but people — including the president's eldest son — definitely took notice the cameo was cut over the holidays. Donald Trump Jr. called his father's omission "pathetic."
‘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
CBC TV in Canada has cut Donald Trump’s Home Alone 2 cameo out of their broadcast.— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 26, 2019
They’re so triggered by him that they had to edit him out of the film.
So Canada dislikes Donald Trump so much that they've cut out his cameo appearance on Home Alone 2...Talk about petty 😂😂😂😂😂— Thabo Ntsako Baloyi (@MrBaloyiTheOne) December 26, 2019
CBC removes Trump from Home Alone 2, this is just insane! pic.twitter.com/oFonqbKdBl— Joey Saladino (@JoeySalads) December 26, 2019
Let’s be honest, whether entertainment, big tech, colleges or media—their embrace of outright censorship is dangerous totalitarianism.— Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) December 26, 2019
It’s no surprise govt. run CBC would be next. No one should be subsidized for running roughshod over free speech.https://t.co/foF3cpyeBy
Others called for CBC to be defunded.
The CBC is making headlines for deleting Trump from Home Alone 2 just another reason to #defundCBC— Canadabuster (@Canadabuster) December 26, 2019
"You guys are the biggest bush league ‘journalists’ of all time. Editing out Trump’s cameo in Home Alone 2. What kind of state-sponsored bulls*** it that? #Defund," another person tweeted to CBC.
It was first pointed out in 2015 that Trump's scene didn't make it to broadcast.
The president recently brought up his appearance in the film calling it an "honor" to appear in "one of the biggest" Christmas hits.
"Well, I'm in Home Alone 2, and a lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas," he said during a Christmas Eve teleconference call with military members. "They say, 'I just saw you.' Especially young kids, they say, 'I just saw you on the movie.' They don't see me on television as they do in the movie. But it's been a good movie and I was a little bit younger, to put it mildly, and it was an honor to do it."
"And it turned out to be a very big hit; obviously, it’s a big Christmas hit, one of the biggest, so it’s an honor to be involved in something like that," he continued. "You always like to see success."
[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Dec. 26, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. ET and has been updated to note President Trump’s response.]
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