Donald Trump Wins Worst Performer
Published: 04:11 PM, 25 February 2019 Updated: 02:00 PM, 26 February 2019
The 2019 awards season will come to an end with the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, but one satirical awards institution, the Razzies, just announced its 2019 winners (if you can call them that) on Friday, Feb. 22. Surprisingly, the current POTUS was announced as a recipient of two mock awards, which are generally reserved for people who make what the show deems as bad contributions to cinema and the film industry each year. Donald Trump's 2019 Razzie Awards include wins in two not-so-prestigious categories that may have you cracking up and crying at the same time because it's all #TooReal.
In case you've never heard of the Golden Raspberry Awards, also called the Razzies, the mock award presentation "honors" the worst films of the year for "failure in cinematic achievements," per the Razzies website. The 39th Golden Raspberry Awards went to actors in a handful of seriously questionable movies, but the POTUS may have received awards for some of the most low-quality "performances" in the history of the Razzies — and perhaps the history of cinema.
Trump won awards for Worst Actor in Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9 and Worst Screen Combo for "Donald J. Trump and his self-perpetuating pettiness" in the same movies, per Mashable. Elite Daily reached out to the White House for comment on President Trump's Razzie wins, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Death of a Nation, an apparent riff on Birth of a Nation, is an actual film directed and written by conservative filmmaker and political commentator Dinesh D'Souza. The pro-Trump film's website describes the documentary as an "examination of fascism and white supremacy" and asks the somewhat confusing question, 'Can Trump—and we—come together and save America?'"
Fahrenheit 11/9 is a film by Michael Moore, per IMDB, who is on the opposite end of the political spectrum from D'Souza. The film examines the Trump presidency, gun violence, and grassroots democratic movements. Moore also directed Fahrenheit 9/11, the popular 2004 documentary about the Bush presidency.
Overall, people on Twitter reacted positively to the joke awards given to Trump and seem to agree that the president was the most deserving candidate in his categories which also included Johnny Depp for Sherlock Gnomes, Will Ferrell for Holmes & Watson, John Travolta for Gotti, and Bruce Willis for Death Wish.
This isn't Trump's first Razzie rodeo. As John Oliver noted in a Last Week Tonight With John Oliver episode back in November 2018, Trump actually won a Razzie in 1991 for his supporting role in the film Ghosts Can't Do It, which starred Bo Derek and Anthony Quinn, per IMDB. Trump is the second president in the history of the United States who can claim he's won any amount of Razzies — the first was George W. Bush who won the same two Razzies as Trump back in 2005.
Trump isn't the only familiar White House name to receive or be nominated for the award. Kellyanne Conway won the 2019 Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress for Fahrenheit 11/9, a role First Lady Melania Trump was also nominated for. Trump's award puts him in the same ranks as famous Razzie winners Marlon Brando, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eddie Redmayne.
At the time of publication, Trump hadn't tweeted any thoughts about his Razzie wins, but I'd keep an eye out for a comment from the three-time winner.
Thursday marks one year since the tragic Feb. 14, 2018, shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed, and no one has been able to forget. While people ranging from student activists to politicians are taking to social media to express their condolences, Donald Trump's statement about the Parkland anniversary is all about honoring their memory. Gone, but never forgotten.
On Feb. 14, 2019, President Donald Trump released a statement in honor of the Parkland tragedy and the importance of school safety. In the statement, Trump discussed the changes that have occurred in regards to gun safety within the United States over the past year, as well as the impact Parkland had on Americans. A part of the statement read,
One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida. On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children. The day after the tragedy in Parkland, I told the Nation that school safety would be a top priority for my Administration. We took immediate action, committing ourselves to a sacred vow to do everything in our power to ensure that evil does not stalk our children on the playgrounds or in the hallways of our Nation’s schools.
He also shared a message of condolence. "Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence," he wrote.
In the statement, Trump touts his accomplishments in regards to school safety, such as coordinating listening sessions with students and signing the STOP School Violence Act and Fix NICS Act into law in March 2018. However, when it comes to long-lasting efforts to decrease gun violence, more change has happened on the local level than federal. According to a Dec. 12, 2018, report from Everytown For Gun Safety, 20 states passed gun prevention bills that year in an effort to take on gun reform, which includes protecting domestic abuse victims and expanding background checks.
The Parkland tragedy made a huge impact on the conversation surrounding gun control and gun reform, particularly from younger generations. Following the shooting, Parkland survivors organized the March For Our Lives, a nationwide rally that took place in March 2018. However, this wasn't your standard student-run event. On March 24, 2018, activists, teachers, celebrities, and even Parkland survivors such as David Hogg and Emma González all joined together to attend these marches in an effort to demand stricter gun laws and to decrease gun violence.
It's hard to believe that the Parkland shooting happened a year ago. While this tragedy will stay with numerous Americans for their lifetime, so will these students' efforts to push for gun reform and control. In the meantime, let's use this day as a way to honor those lives lost and the students who are fighting, to make sure this never happens again.
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