Fans of the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York holiday film have discovered something strange when they bought the special 25th Anniversary re-release of the DVD. The scene in which Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister meets Donald Trump in the Plaza Hotel and he gives him directions to the lobby has been deleted.
Speaking to Movie Magazine the film's Director Chris Columbus has this to say:
"I wanted this 25th Anniversary edition to be extra special. I know that this film together with the original Home Alone movie have developed into holiday classics over the years comparable to Michael Curtiz's White Christmas and George Seaton's Miracle on 34th Street. I never envisioned the kind of success that both the original Home Alone and the sequel would have had."
"But unfortunately, due to America's current political climate which has seriously deteriorated over the past year or so I thought that it would have been best if that infamous scene in which Donald Trump gives Kevin directions to the hotel lobby be deleted so that people on the left, especially those who are undocumented immigrants would not umbrage to it and destroy the DVD."
Columbus went on:
"Even though Mr. Trump gave Kevin the right directions, many people on the left would see that as a great irony because they are of the view that he is currently taking America down the wrong path - a path of bigotry, hate, fascism, xenophobia and racism. That's why I thought it best to delete that scene. Even subscribers to Netflix would have observed that the same politically correct editing was done."
Asked about his own political views Columbus had this reply:
"My political views are irrelevant. That said, when you are living in a volatile political climate as we do now it is best to tread cautiously and not hurt people's feelings because people's feelings are what matters the most these days. It doesn't matter if Trump was on screen for only a few seconds. Those few seconds will be most remembered by people with fragile feelings who couldn't care less about the other scenes which were quite funny. Things have definitely changed a lot in this country since 1992 and sadly, that's not funny."