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Editorial: Pixar in the Age of Trump

Last Sunday, January 29th, Finding Dory was screened at the White House, the first screening of the new administration. While this is a newsworthy item, it’s unfortunate that Dory was screened at all. Albert Brooks, the voice of Marlin, noted the particular irony, as did others.


There were protests around the country and the White House in response to President Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants from several Muslim countries from entering the United States. Even legal citizens with green cards were detained at airports following the order. It’s a gross misuse of power, but nothing too shocking for anyone who has opposed the president from the beginning.

Dory herself, Ellen Degeneres, had words to say about the screening:

Although Degeneres kept things light with her trademark humor, focusing entirely on the film and its messages rather than the travel ban itself, she made her stance clear. First she mentioned the wall at the Marine Life Institute, which still doesn’t prevent Dory from going over, a nice reference to the wall that’s supposed to keep out “bad hombres” from Mexico. She also summed up one of the film’s themes which has become much more potent following these national events.

“Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family, but the other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her, animals that don’t even have anything in common with her. They help her even though they’re completely different colors because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”

Finding Dory hasn’t garnered the critical acclaim of other Pixar features, but now the film has taken on even greater significance. It’s unfortunate that the film was screened at the White House at all and that this article has to be written, but this is a chance to highlight the good in opposition to the president’s policies.

Animator Cat Hicks also shared her thoughts on Trump’s ban.

When I think of Pixar’s newfound commitment to tell more diverse stories, of featuring nonwhite characters, how the upcoming Coco was described as a “love letter to Mexico in the age of Trump,” I can’t help but feel baffled that any Pixar film would screen in his White House.

Hopefully Finding Dory is the last.

6 Responses to Editorial: Pixar in the Age of Trump

  1. Luke says:

    Why would it be unfortunate for someone you disagree with to see a movie promoting views you do agree with? Why would that be a bad thing?

    • Simoa Simoa says:

      Hi Luke, thanks for the comment. This is not just disagreement. I’m firmly opposed to the new president, who has spouted dangerous, disgusting views that have now been legitimized because he holds the highest office in the land. And it’s still unfortunate because the president isn’t and hasn’t altered his views. Again, this is about more than just disagreement.

  2. Adam says:

    Reality and movies are not the same. Reality has laws, that everyone must follow. Yes, even immigrants

    • Roz says:

      Movies reflect reality. Movies reflect situations and emotions that are rooted in reality. Reality has laws that are flawed, and if they are flawed and infringe upon basic human rights and decency, they should not be followed.

      What a concept.

  3. David Owens says:

    You stupid leftist twat. Trump wants Muslim immigrants vetted. I know you don’t give a shit about terrorists, but everyone else does. Wake the fuck up.

    • Simoa Simoa says:

      Hello David. I contemplated marking this comment as spam, but I decided against it. I am not sure why you felt the need to insult me. If, for any reason, you thought I would suddenly change my mind, you’re mistaken. It’s so easy to hide behind a computer screen and attack people you’ve never met, but I strongly encourage you to find other constructive ways of expressing yourself. And if you do comment on here again, please refrain from using such foul language. And you have every right to stop reading this blog if the political opinions offend you so. Not to mention, there already is a rigorous vetting process in place. Why single out Muslims only? Highly offensive. Have a nice day.

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