After massive blowback on social media and a tweet from President Trump aimed directly at the film, Universal Pictures has canceled the movie ‘The Hunt’. It depicted wealthy liberal elitists hunting conservative ‘deplorables’ for sport and was billed as a satirical horror flick. The left was cheering the storyline and many on the right felt the ‘deplorables’ were the good guys and wanted to see the movie. I think they missed the point… Hollywood should not be allowed to fantasize over murdering those who have differing political views than they do in this heated political environment. It incentivizes bloody revolution, tyranny, and violence.
“Universal has decided to scrap the release of ‘The Hunt’ — an R-rated satire in which elites hunt ‘deplorables’ for sport — following a series of mass shootings across the country,” reports The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The film was originally called ‘Red State Vs. Blue State’ and mentioned ‘deplorables’ in the original sceenplay.
ESPN and other networks had already pulled ads on the movie and Universal had delayed their ad campaign on it. At first, they doubled down and said they would release ‘The Hunt’ in September as planned but the backlash was just too severe.
Charming parts of the film are of note. One character asks, “Did anyone see what our ratf–ker-in-chief just did?” “Every year, a bunch of elites kidnap normal folk like us and hunt us for sport,” another character says. The group lists where they are all from, which includes Wyoming, Mississippi, and Florida. “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables,” another character responds.
‘The Hunt’ is the left’s Twitter fantasy satirized on the big screen, according to Mark Steyn. “It is actually the liberal Twitterstorm fantasy taken to the next level.
“On Twitter, they just destroy your career, get you fired, close down your restaurant – but this so-called satire actually wants to take it to the next level… take the cold civil war and make it a hot civil war.” Exactly.
….to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019
The official reason for pulling the plug is the occurrence of the horrific mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. That may have been part of it but outrage nationwide also must have played a part here.
Trump was having none of it. “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” President Trump tweeted. “They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
The next day, the movie was canned.
Universal has decided to cancel after substantial backlash, “The Hunt” – a movie about hunting down and killing deplorables: “After thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.”
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) August 10, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“In a statement issued Saturday, the studio said that the film will be made available at a future time but will be on hold until further notice.
“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” said the statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
“A source inside the studio also told THR that the company approached the decision with caution but ultimately felt that shelving it for a while was the right call.
“This was a decision that the studio came to with The Hunt filmmaking team, but ultimately it was about making the right decision, right now,” the source said. “It was a tough call for the company, but studio leadership, led by Donna Langley, all agreed that this film could wait.”‘
Full statement from Universal on the cancellation of “The Hunt” pic.twitter.com/x4guWBN0x8
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 10, 2019
So, when Universal thinks things have died down enough or a liberal is elected president, they will release the film. Notice that in none of this did they mention the pushback from the president or the right. Interesting.
It was billed as a satirical take on wealthy liberal thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans. But Americans are not dumb… they know this was about Trump supporters and what the left would love to do to them. This did nothing but help Trump get reelected in 2020.
Universal is about to release a movie in which liberal "elites" hunt and gun down rural "deplorables" for sport. ESPN pulled ads and others might follow. https://t.co/HICDaJiQaF
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) August 7, 2019
— The Film Stage 📽 (@TheFilmStage) July 15, 2019
— The Credits (@TheCredits) July 30, 2019