The social satire movie in which elite liberals hunt deplorable MAGA types for sport has stirred big controversy on social media, causing people to speculate if this might further fan the flames of division among Americans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), NBC Universal Pictures decided to pull several ads for "The Hunt" from TV following the horrific mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Controversy over the movie then reached a fever pitch when it was revealed that the storyline will focus on elite coastal liberals rounding up Trump supporters to hunt them down like wild animals. Though the plot description sounded grotesque on paper, the trailer indicated something more nuanced by actually depicting the Trump supporters as heroes. Despite that, people have argued the movie will simply cause more divisions and will do little for the sake of unity.
"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!"
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn simultaneously referred to the film as a "liberal tweetstorm fantasy taken to the next level."
"I actually approve of making films telling stories about the way we live now — we live in an increasingly fractious 50-50 nation," said 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."
As noted by THR, Hollywood's decision to release "The Hunt" could be a risky gamble due to the failure of "Assassination Nation," which featured a similar premise.
"From a business perspective, 'The Hunt' presents a gamble for Universal in these divided times," reports the outlet. "The satire 'Assassination Nation,' which also pitted the woke versus the unwoke in uber-violent fashion, represented the top sale at Sundance 2018 at $10 million. But the film fizzled upon its release later that year, earning just $2 million with no international rollout. Says one person involved with that film, 'We thought people would get the joke.'"
"'The Hunt' made some executives at Universal skittish back in May 2018, when film chief Donna Langley acquired the script and fast-tracked it at a modest $18 million budget," continued THR. "It is unclear whether there were any other bidders on the property, the sale of which was brokered by CAA, but insiders at several studios told THR at the time that they did not pursue it because of the explosive premise. One executive says he didn't even read the script, noting, 'The idea seemed crazy.'"