‘Alternative facts’ go to the movies.
Sean Spicer, known for his cheery spin on every blustery, conflicting thing President Donald Trump says, has been a joke ever since he became Trump’s press secretary. He’s been lampooned by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live, mocked by Stephen Colbert, and generally torn to shreds by the internet. This week brought a new Twitter game that might be the best “Spicey” burn yet: #spicerspinsmovieplots.
The object is to take the terrible things that happen in movies and imagine how Spicer would spin them to seem “phenomenal.” For example, the destruction of an entire planet and the mass murder of all its inhabitants, as seen in Star Wars, is actually about finding out who leaked the Empire’s plans.
It’s not such A Wonderful Life in the conservative Spicer interpretation of the classic movie about goodwill toward others:
#SpicerSpinsMoviePlots If George Bailey had never existed, successful businessmen like Mr. Potter wouldn't be burdened by these regulations
— Caldwell Murchfield (@caldmurchfield) April 5, 2017
People even think Spicer will defend Scar, the fratricidal lion from The Lion King:
— DEVYANI RAO (@RAODEVYANI) April 6, 2017
And they’re mocking his vigorous defense of Donald Trump’s claims about his inaugural crowd size:
— Hickman Bell (@HickmanBell5) April 5, 2017
They figure he’d argue the terrorist plot in Die Hard, like all terrorist plots, was somehow Obama’s fault:
— CK (@charley_ck14) April 5, 2017
Schindler’s List? We’d better find out who leaked it!
#SpicerSpinsMoviePlots Look, the important thing isn't that Schindler had a list. The important thing is who leaked that classified list?
— LazyOldMom (@lazyoldmom) April 6, 2017
I think you get the idea: Even the black-and-white morality of the movies turns gray when you mix it with the White House’s “alternative facts.” After a few dismal performances, some said Spicer had fallen out of favor with President Trump and wouldn’t be in his job long, but two months after those rumors surfaced, he’s still standing. And still spinning.