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'Parasite' Distributor's Clapback To Trump's Racist Diss Of The Film Is Glorious

He'd be singing a different tune if Parasite was Russian.

It should be no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is a massive racist and has a long history of being one despite telling people he’s not. So when Parasite sweeped up the Oscars this year, you can only imagine his response to a South Korean film beating out all the other English-speaking films at arguably the biggest American awards event of the year. Just a heads up, it is as mindbogglingly stupid as you think it is.

Speaking of Parasite and the Oscars, the GOAT team talk about the Academy Awards’ massive blunder on the big night on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Speaking at one of his rallies, Trump launched into one of his trademark incoherent rants at the Academy Awards for awarding Parasite Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature, and the biggest of all, Best Picture, saying:

“By the way, how bad were the Academy Awards this year — did you see 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. On top of it, they give them the best movie of the year? Was it good? I don’t know.”

No one really expected Trump to have watched Parasite anyway since any thematic nuance would’ve been lost on him, nor was it any surprise that he went on to praise Gone With The Wind as an example of a “proper” Best Picture Oscar winner.

For those who are unaware, Gone With The Wind was 1940’s Best Picture winner and is a pretty racist film set on a slave plantation during the American Civil War. No wonder why Trump likes it so much.

Given how popular Parasite is, Trump’s comments about the film didn’t go down well (not that his comments about anything go down well during the best of times anyway), and people responded in kind by calling out the U.S. Cheeto-In-Chief as the uneducated racist he is.

But the best clapback came from none other than Parasite‘s U.S. distributor, Neon, which brutally roasted Trump by referencing his inability to read subtitles (or anything for that matter) in glorious fashion.

During the awards season, Parasite director Bong Joon-ho said “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” But it seems like his piece of wisdom was wildly lost on Trump since it’s clear he’ll never stop being a racist moron.

Maybe Trump will stop watching Gone With The Wind on repeat and get around to watching Parasite if it was dubbed in Russian. Don’t bother with subs though, he won’t/can’t read them, Russian or otherwise.

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There's A Conspiracy That Sonic The Hedgehog's Cooked OG Design Was Intentional

It would explain the teeth.

It was a rocky road for the live-action adaptation of Sonic The Hedgehog. The titular character’s original design was horrific in every sense of the word and caused nightmares among the Blue Blur’s passionate fandom, as well as headaches for the filmmakers. But one hurried redesign and a months-long delay later, the movie ended up becoming a stunning success (despite being a pretty meh movie, save for the opening 10 minutes).

Sonic The Hedgehog going from surefire flop to box office king was quite the surprise, and this crazy – if not downright odd – turn of events has given birth to a wild conspiracy theory as to why that is.

Speaking of conspiracies, the GOAT team break down the wildest conspiracy theories on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

YouTuber and comedian Steve Clark thinks the whole Sonic The Hedgehog design debacle was nothing but a sinister conspiracy theory devised by the studio.

Prefacing his video with “I’m not a conspiracy theorist”, Clark proceeds to dive deep into tinfoil hat territory by claiming the filmmakers intentionally made CGI Sonic look like an open autopsy as a way to drum up buzz for the film via people on the internet getting really angry and tweeting about it.

Clark points to things like how the only shots of OG Sonic completed were the ones we saw in the original trailer, how the redesign didn’t add that much to the budget, how the marketing timelines all lined up, how the press were asking weird questions to Jim Carrey, and for some reason, Sonic’s sexiness.

It’s all actually pretty entertaining and clearly less of a conspiracy theory and more a pisstake into the behind-the-scenes debacle Sonic The Hedgehog endured. Check it out here.

But putting aside the clearly satirical basis of this video from Clark, is there actual substance behind this Sonic The Hedgehog conspiracy theory? To be honest, not really.

CGI takes a long time and the stuff you see in the first trailer of any blockbuster is usually the only thing that’s been finished to an acceptable quality at the time, which is exactly what happened with Sonic The Hedgehog. The likely reality is that the suits who greenlit Sonic had no clue about the source material or fan base and royally cooked it before frantically course-correcting.

Then again, Sonic The Hedgehog took the record for the biggest opening weekend for a video game movie so maybe there’s something to Clark’s conspiracy theory. Okay, maybe not.

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Aussies Would Have A Fit Over The Simpsons' Australia Episode Today

Polish those giant boots.

You’d be hard pressed to narrow down greatest ever episode of The Simpsons given how there are over 600 (and counting) to choose from. But if you were to average it out among the show’s legion of fans, there’s a good chance the most popular choice would be the iconic ‘Bart vs Australia’ episode.

Speaking of The Simpsons, the GOAT team talk about how the show somehow predicted the coronavirus years ago on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Looking back on ‘Bart vs Australia’ 25 years after it first aired, almost all the comedy and the hilarious digs at Australian stereotypes hold up remarkably well.

We’re still having to tell people we don’t drink Fosters, cork hats and boomerangs are still cliched staples of our culture, the infamous “dingo ate my baby” quote remains relevant as investigations into Azaria Chamberlain’s death continued into the 2010s, tourists still believe kangaroos are everywhere, actual Aussies wanted our money to be renamed “dollarydoos“, and of course, knifey spoony.

As The Simpsons is wont to do these days when it comes to eerily accurate predictions of the future, the show’s portrayal of our politicians as beer-swigging, holidaying bogans who handle serious incidents without any grace and often in comically embarrassing ways turned out to be depressingly accurate.

When a scene as ridiculous as kicking Bart Simpson’s butt with a giant boot is somehow less bonkers than actual political events like Barnaby Joyce threatening to euthanise Johnny Depp’s dogs, an ex-PM being BFFs with a convicted pedo, and introducing a pointless dress code for new Aussies, you know The Simpsons were certainly onto something 25 years ago.

To no one’s surprise, ‘Bart vs Australia’ copped some criticism from some Aussies when it first aired. While many Aussies were cool with the episode, The Simpsons staff got over 100 letters of complaint (presumably from boomers and Karens who clearly didn’t get the joke), articles about how insulting the episode was were written, and producer Mike Reiss even recalled the show getting condemned in the Australian Parliament.

Given how well the humour has held up and how eerily accurate The Simpsons lampooned our politicians, it’s probably safe to say that all the criticism ‘Bart vs Australia’ got in 1995 would’ve been far worse had the episode been aired today.

The politicians in power these days have a tendency to deflect, gaslight and resort to childish antics, especially when they’re caught out for doing something dodgy and/or being made fun of. If the response to scandals like the “sports rort” was bad, imagine the almighty stink they would kick up an about The Simpsons had the scene of Bart mooning Aussie pollies been aired today. It would be the perfect distraction to whatever seedy stuff that’s happening behind closed parliament doors.

Couple that with the rise of social media and how a small group of whingers can often become the loudest voices of a fandom (*cough* Star Wars *cough*), you can almost be certain that there will be a contingent of Aussies tweeting their disgust over The Simpsons‘ intentionally inaccurate portrayal of them, all while having absolutely no self-awareness about how they’re just not getting the joke.

But while the negative stuff would be amplified tenfold had ‘Bart vs Australia’ been aired today, the same can be said about all the positive reception towards the episode.

Considering how ‘Bart vs Australia’ still receives so much love today, you can only imagine the number of Aussie Simpsons fans frothing over the episode had it been released in 2020 rather than 1995.

Is this the greatest Simpsons episode ever? Hard to answer that, but it’s perhaps been the timeliest, maybe the most accurate, and definitely one of the funniest.

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