President Donald Trump’s famous cameo in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was mysteriously missing for viewers in Canada this Christmas season, Fox News reported Thursday. The state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said that the edit was made years ago, before Trump was elected, but many saw a familiar pattern of outrage playing out.
Cut from the Christmas classic
Trump appears briefly in the Christmas classic when Macaulay Culkin’s character, Kevin McAllister, passes by a man, played by Trump, at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York. “Excuse me, where’s the lobby?” Culkin asks Trump.
“Down the hall and to the left,” Trump responds.
Some viewers who noticed the cut complained of political correctness and anti-Trump outrage gone awry, but the CBC said that there was no politics involved. The cuts were made in 2014 to make time for commercials, they said, adding that Trump didn’t make the cut because the scene wasn’t considered essential to the story, according to the Washington Examiner.
“As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,” Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs at the CBC, said in a statement.
Trump blames “Justin T”
For his part, Trump made it clear he disagreed with the move, joking that the film would “never be the same” and quipping that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was behind it, according to Fox. The two world leaders have a cool relationship, as evidenced by Trump’s accusation that Trudeau is “two-faced” after the Canadian leader was caught on video mocking Trump at a NATO conference earlier this month.
“I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” Trump tweeted of his absence from the film. He later added: “The movie will never be the same! (just kidding)”
The president also mentioned his cameo in a Christmas video call with the troops overseas, saying he was honored to be in such a big “success.”
“A lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas,” Trump said, according to Deadline. “They say — especially young kids — they say, ‘I just saw you on the movie.’ They don’t see me on television as they do in the movie. But it’s been a good movie, and I was a little younger, to put it mildly. And it was an honor to do it.”
The Donald and NYC
Trump’s cameo dates from another era, when Trump was still a widely popular media celebrity and the Queens-born real estate mogul’s name was synonymous with New York, the city where he made a name for himself renovating properties like the Wollman Rink in Central Park. That all changed when Trump announced his campaign for the presidency — and the rest is history.
Trump has continued to express affection for New York, but he is now persona non grata in his hometown. He began dissociating himself from the Big Apple this year, officially changing his residence to Florida in October, according to The New York Times.
Around the same time, the Trump Organization started scrubbing the president’s last name from his skating rink in Central Park, the Times reported. But it looks like skating rinks aren’t the only places where The Donald’s legacy is missing.