The forces of cancel culture are working overtime to rid Donald Trump’s name from the public square. On Monday, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would ban the naming of airports, highways, schools — and “even a bench” — for the 45th president.
If it sounds stupid and petty, that’s because it is. But at least it costs nothing to do it. Not so major motion pictures where the combined costs of shooting and then cutting a scene can run into the tens of millions of dollars depending on the movie.
Yet that is what some geniuses on social media are advocating for the 1992 film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” which features a cameo appearance by Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, the film’s star, Macaulay Culkin, “signaled support for the move on Twitter in response to a viral tweet a fan made days before calling for a “petition to digitally replace” Trump’s cameo in the 1992 film “with 40-year-old Macaulay Culkin.”
… Culkin also applauded another user who posted a video of Trump cameo’s edited out of the film.
“Due to popular request I have removed trump from home alone,” the user tweeted along with the clip.
“Bravo,” Culkin responded in a tweet.
This is not the first time this has happened. In 2019, the CBC cut the scene in its televised airing of the film.
No one has specified how much it would cost to disappear Trump from the big-screen version of the movie, but petitioners are placing themselves in some dubious company. After Soviet Security Chief Lavrentiy Beria was tried for treason and executed in 1953, a decision was made to delete his name and image from all public records, including the Large Soviet Encyclopedia, which featured an article on him.
Rather than recall all copies of the volume featuring Beria’s bio, “the State Scientific Publishing House addressed the following instructions to subscribers: ‘(We) recommend the removal from Vol. 5 of the BSE pages 21, 22, 23 and 24, also the portrait between pages 22 and 23 and the replacing of these pages with the pages of a new text being mailed to you. With scissors or razor blade cut out the above-mentioned pages, leaving sufficient margin near the spine of the book into which the new pages can be glued.’”