Donald Trump has claimed that Hollywood is racist in a new attack on the entertainment industry.
While speaking to press outside the White House on Friday, the US president moved on from criticising big tech companies to criticising Hollywood.
“Hollywood – I don’t call them the elites because I think the elites are people they go after, in many cases – but Hollywood is really terrible,” he said. “You talk about racist, Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
While Trump offered up no examples, his comments came after Universal’s forthcoming satirical thriller The Hunt found itself caught in controversy this week. The film, starring Hilary Swank, imagines a vision of America that allows elites to hunt so-called “deplorables” for sport. After shootings in California, Texas and Ohio, the studio chose to temporarily pause its advertising campaign.
His comments also arrive after he launched an attack on the video game industry after last weekend’s shootings. He blamed “gruesome and grisly video games” for creating a “culture of violence”.