Stop trying to make IT Chapter Two about Trump
Added 09-13-19 02:23:02pm EST - “The monster in IT isn't really Pennywise. It's the evil in the world, especially the corruption that manifests itself in the town of Derry, Maine, through the subtle nudging of a villainous clown.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The monster in IT isn’t really Pennywise. It’s the evil in the world, especially the corruption that manifests itself in the town of Derry, Maine, through the subtle nudging of a villainous clown.
That appears to be the message of Stephen King’s bestselling book, as well as the subsequent movies. After IT Chapter Two came out this month, though, some people were eager not to blame the evil among each of us, but to pin it all on Donald Trump.
According to the director of IT Chapter Two, Pennywise could be a stand-in, not for some deeper philosophical point about widespread evil, but for the president.
“He does exactly what the clown does, you know?” Andy Muschietti told AFP. “The clown is trying to divide the [kids] all the time, to turn them against [each other] and make them weaker. That's how he conquers, he tries to conquer them and destroy them.”
Muschietti is not the only one to blame the evils of Derry on Trump’s America. In a not-the-Onion article for Out, one author complains that Pennywise is no longer a queer ally (who knew he ever had been?) and pegs his shift, oddly, on the commander-in-chief: “So Pennywise isn’t just the physical manifestation of what is revealed to be some kind of cosmic entity that feeds off fear and human flesh, he’s a homophobe. Trump’s America strikes again!”
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