Jimmy Kimmel took a few comedic shots at America’s 45th president during Sunday’s Oscar telecast, while some Academy Award winners and presenters — such as Gael Garcia Bernal — spoke out about some of Donald Trump’s controversial policies during the award show.
Kimmel even addressed Trump directly at one point in the show, sending him a tweet asking “U up?” and, for good measure, adding the hashtag #MerylSaysHi (earlier in the show, Kimmel jokingly referenced Trump’s anti-Streep tweets by referring to nominee Meryl Streep as “overrated”). In fact, Kimmel jokingly asked winners to deliver speeches that Trump “will tweet about in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement tomorrow.”
While Trump didn’t take the bait by responding on Twitter, he had plenty of say about the Oscars in general, obliquely referencing Kimmel’s jokes in a pair of interviews he gave on Monday.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” that is scheduled to air Thursday, the president slammed the ceremony, likely due to this joke in Kimmel’s monologue: “Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to Donald Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone. Thanks to him!”
According to Deadline, Trump had this to say: “Look, it just seems like the other side, whenever they’re losing badly, they always pull out the race card,” he said. “I’ve watched it for years. I watched it against Ronald Reagan, I’ve watched it against so many other people. And they always like pulling out the race card. In fact, I did much better than many other … Republicans in the last election. I did much better with Hispanics, I did much better with African-Americans.”
Meanwhile, Trump also spoke about the Oscars to right-wing news site Breitbart, declaring that this year’s Academy Awards gala was too political — and even commented on the bizarre “La La Land”/”Moonlight” mix-up at the end of the show.
“It was a little sad,” said Trump of the show’s political overtones. “It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”