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‘Parasite’ Film Distributor Hits Back at Trump Criticizing Oscar Win: ‘Understandable, He Can’t Read’

The film studio behind the South Korean movie Parasite fired back after President Donald Trump criticized its historic Oscar win by suggesting he is not a fan because he cannot read.At a rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday night, Trump criticized the Oscar committee for awarding Bong Joon-ho’s movie an Academy Award for Best Picture,…

The film studio behind the South Korean movie Parasite fired back after President Donald Trump criticized its historic Oscar win by suggesting he is not a fan because he cannot read.

At a rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday night, Trump criticized the Oscar committee for awarding Bong Joon-ho’s movie an Academy Award for Best Picture, the first time a non-English language film won the award.

“How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked, prompting boos from the crowd. “Did you see them? And the winner is a movie from South Korea. What the hell was that all about?

“We got enough problems with South Korea with trade,” Trump added before admitting he has never seen the film.

“On top of it, they give them the best movie of the year. Was it good? I don’t know.

“Can we get, like, Gone With the Wind back, please?” Trump continued. “Sunset Boulevard. So many great movies.”

Trump then wondered why Bong’s film won when there is an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film—which Parasite also won at this year’s ceremony—before asking if there was a precedent.

Parasite also won two more Oscars for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In response to Trump’s comments, Neon, the independent film distributor behind Parasite, suggested Trump is only mocking the film because it has subtitles.

“Understandable, he can’t read,” the distributor tweeted while sharing a clip of the rally.

Throughout the awards season, Bong urged American audiences to get over their stubbornness when it comes to watching movies with subtitles. During his acceptance speech, Bong said, “I applaud and support the new direction that this change symbolizes,” after the film about a poor family trying to infiltrate the home of a rich family by deception was awarded the top prize.

In January, after Parasite won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Bong said during his acceptance speech, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.

“I think we use only one language: the cinema,” he added.

Following its Oscar-success, Parasite is on the verge of making more than $50 million at the Box Office, bringing its total to more than $200 million worldwide. Neon’s other films include I, Tonya, for which Allison Janney won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2019.

The White House has been contacted for comment.

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Donald Trump addresses a “Keep America Great” rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on February 20, 2020.
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