President Donald Trump blasted Hollywood as “really terrible” and even called out the entertainment industry for being “racist.”
The president condemned the violence in Hollywood blockbuster movies and the bias against conservatives as he spoke to reporters Friday outside of the White House.
“Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites. I think the elites are people that go after them in many cases,” Trump said. “But Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist, Hollywood is racist.”
“What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out is actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country,” he continued.
Though he did not cite any examples in particular, Trump’s comments come amid backlash against Universal Pictures for moving ahead with an upcoming release of “The Hunt,” a film about “liberal elites” hunting down “deplorables” for sport.
Hollywood bigwigs start to feel the heat for ‘satirical’ film that depicts the hunting and killing of ‘deplorables’ https://t.co/Qu4JGf8lmg
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 8, 2019
While Universal is going ahead with the film’s scheduled release on Sept. 27, the company put promotional advertisement on hold in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The president told reporters that he would be hosting media executives at the White House and planned to be “very tough with them.”
“We have now in a little while all of the heads of the biggest companies coming in and we’re going to talk to them,” he said. “They treat conservatives, Republicans totally different than they treat others, They can’t do that.”
The president’s reference to the upcoming meeting came amid reports that the White House may be drafting an executive order addressing contentions of anti-conservative bias by social media companies.
“If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system,” a White House official said, according to Politico.
“But look, we also think that social media plays a vital role. They have a vital role and an increasing responsibility to the culture that has helped make them so profitable and so prominent,” the unnamed official continued, adding that the companies have a responsibility to ensure that “people aren’t threatened with violence or worse, and at the same time to provide a platform that protects and cherishes freedom and free speech, but at the same time does not allow it to descend into a platform for hate.”
A second official told Politico that Trump announced “at this month’s social media summit that we were going to address this and the administration is exploring all policy solutions.”
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