The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a "Canadian federal Crown corporation that serves as the national public broadcaster for both radio and television." The structure is comparable to the BBC in the UK.
And now the Canadian government broadcasting corporation is drawing fire from conservative conspiracy theorists in the United States.
Leading the charge is President Donald Trump's eldest son, Don Jr., and the President's favorite TV show, Fox & Friends. But their ire is not because of an editorial calling for Trump's removal from office or anything criticizing his presidency.
Their outrage is reserved for a CBC Christmas broadcast of a family comedy film. Someone noticed that when the CBC broadcast the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as part of their holiday content, a cameo by Donald Trump was missing.
Don Jr. called the move "pathetic."
‘Pathetic’: Canada’s CBC under fire when Trump’s cameo in ‘Home Alone 2’ disappears from Christmas broadcast https://t.co/zJUij9qrLe— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1577375861.0
On Instagram Jr. took the manufactured slight and outrage even further.
Fox & Friends called it censorship.
'Censorship': Fox & Friends Calls Out Canadian Broadcaster For Removing Trump From Home Alone https://t.co/k0ZivUtrCc— Mediaite (@Mediaite)1577371560.0
Trump appeared in the 1992 film for less than 10 seconds.
Watch Trump's cameo here and judge for yourself how vital it was to the film.
Home Alone 2 Donald Trump youtu.be
By all accounts, the price for filming in the historic Plaza Hotel in Manhattan—at the time owned by Trump—was giving Trump a cameo in addition to any other payments and fees. Trump eventually lost the hotel and sold it at a loss during one of his bankruptcies.
But why was Trump's pivotal, Oscar worthy scene cut from the film by the CBC?
Most films appearing on broadcast TV run for 2 hours, which includes commercial breaks. The run time for an unedited Home Alone 2 is 120 minutes, or 2 hours.
When CBC gained the broadcast rights in 2014, cuts to accommodate commercials had to be made. First to go were scenes with zero impact on the plot—like cameos wedged into the film to appease a property owner's ego.
The CBC answered the criticism with exactly that information.
CBC responds to criticism that short scene featuring Donald Trump was deleted from movie Home Alone 2, which aired… https://t.co/NU96L6s05x— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1577384424.0
More @cbcnews CBC edit of Trump scene from Home Alone 2 was done in 2014. https://t.co/GJpbqqj6Oq— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1577388212.0
People wondered why no one noticed the missing cameo before Trump was impeached.
Except at least one person did notice.
The missing cameo did not escape Garrick Kozier's notice when he caught the 2015 CBC broadcast of the film.
CBC cut out the 'Home Alone II' Donald Trump cameo.— Garrick Kozier (@Garrick Kozier)1450650687.0
The Trump cameo never appeared in the CBC broadcast version of the film. Because of commercials.
Not to be deterred by things like facts, Don Jr. and other conservative talking heads still whinged about the 100% fabricated slight online.
President Trump’s cameo was cut out of Home Alone 2 on Canada state television. How pathetic! Trump derangement s… https://t.co/qRq4IEP58u— Brigitte Gabriel (@Brigitte Gabriel)1577382734.0
Network cuts Donald Trump's cameo from 'Home Alone 2' Broadcast @realDonaldTrump had one triggering line: “Down th… https://t.co/gpyya8tW6L— Sara A. Carter (@Sara A. Carter)1577376537.0
DEFUND. CBC. NOW. The CBC is paid for by Canadian tax $$$ yet they continually get away with this politically charg… https://t.co/sorvdCsMqm— Brad Trost 🇨🇦 (@Brad Trost 🇨🇦)1577336353.0
CBC TV in Canada has cut Donald Trump’s Home Alone 2 cameo out of their broadcast. They’re so triggered by him tha… https://t.co/zad1DIyj9H— Ryan Fournier (@Ryan Fournier)1577332429.0
Their righteous indignation did not go over well.
@BradTrostCPC Like you, Trump was cut in 2014, but no one noticed until now.— Saskboy from Saskatchewan (@Saskboy from Saskatchewan)1577400725.0
@ACTBrigitte Please explain how this qualifies as TDS; the scene was edited out in 2014. We all should be worked up… https://t.co/DTbi7wawOg— Dave Shea (@Dave Shea)1577393885.0
@ShinhwaLee2 @RyanAFournier So apparently this change happened in 2014 when the CBC purchased the rights to broadca… https://t.co/GfcO1qdRMG— Benjamin Dover (@Benjamin Dover)1577391112.0
The most vigorous mocking was reserved for Trump Jr. though.
Just phenomenal—some of the most psychotic shit I have ever seen from Jr https://t.co/RljRKTk58s— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg)1577427686.0
I do, however, have immense respect for his decision to equate Home Alone 2 and The News without even the vaguest a… https://t.co/1Ek1P1MnPk— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg)1577428554.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yes Fredo, THIS is the biggest problem #IMPOTUS45 @realDonaldTrump is facing. 🤦♀️ If only America… https://t.co/DXdNLk6Kxe— 💐Chateau de Resistance💐 (@💐Chateau de Resistance💐)1577378710.0
@mustangmadd @DonaldJTrumpJr And it was done under a Con government in 2014. Take it up with Harper.— Cynthia🐓🇳🇴🦂🌈 (@Cynthia🐓🇳🇴🦂🌈)1577396659.0
@NotThatType_Dr @LorenSethC @DonaldJTrumpJr The Trumpsters, they love the propaganda.— Hellin Wheels🌊 (@Hellin Wheels🌊)1577404370.0
@johnpavlovitz @DonaldJTrumpJr Sounds like Jr is #Triggered.— Jean Johnson (@Jean Johnson)1577407177.0
Sorry Don Jr. and friends. You'll have to find a real issue to be "triggered" by before you get any sympathy from people who can perform research and debunk propaganda.