With just two weeks left in office, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump managed a first for his presidency: facing consequences for his actions. After an angry mob stormed the United States Capitol building and left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer, all of the race-baiting and dog whistles finally blew up in Trump’s face. He was banned from his beloved Twitter along with other social media platforms. Several cabinet members resigned. Even some of his most staunch sycophants turned against him. And now, people are even deleting him from Home Alone 2.
As you likely recall, Trump made a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the popular 1992 sequel. When Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City, he heads to the Plaza Hotel where he encounters the real estate mogul in the flesh.
Fittingly enough, Home Alone 2 director Chris Columbus recently told Insider that Trump “bullied” his way into the movie.
“Like most locations in New York City, you just pay a fee and you are allowed to shoot in that location,” Columbus recalled. “We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time [Editor’s note: He filed for bankruptcy a year after filming] because we wanted to shoot in the lobby. We couldn’t rebuild The Plaza on a soundstage.”
“Trump said OK. We paid the fee, but he also said, ‘The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie,'” he continued. “So we agreed to put him in the movie.” Columbus was tempted to leave Trump’s cameo on the cutting room floor, but after it tested well with audiences he begrudgingly kept it in.
How times have changed. Because Home Alone 2 has enjoyed enduring popularity over the years, it goes without saying that Trump’s cameo doesn’t go over so well with viewers anymore. Following the siege on the Capitol, Mel Magazine writer Joseph Longo issued a challenge on Twitter.
“Digitally remove him from Home Alone 2 next,” Longo tweeted on Jan. 8.
As the tweet went viral, the masses began obliging Longo. People began digitally replacing Trump from Home Alone 2 with everyone from Dolly Parton and Christopher Plummer to Jabba the Hutt and virtual pop star Hatsune Miku.
One user quickly came back with Keanu Reeves, which has received over 25,000 likes.
Another user removed Trump from Home Alone 2 entirely:
At the end of the day, being digitally removed from Home Alone 2 is the least of the various stains on Trump’s reputation he has to worry about. Though as author Victoria Aveyard pointed out, via a clever IMDB edit, it doesn’t many the irony any less amusing.