In a too good to be true interview about how the Trump family handled pop culture in 2017, first lady Melania Trump admitted to The New York Times’ Katie Rogers she loves the TV show “How To Get Away With Murder.”
Of course, people shouldn’t read anything into it. After all, who doesn’t love Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis?
For those who don’t know, “How to Get Away With Murder” is a Rhimes murder-mystery drama serial starring Viola Davis as a criminal defense lawyer and her band of interns, who defend murderers when not committing murders themselves.
But what’s even more fascinating is the fact the show’s first season revolved around the murder of the main character’s philandering husband and his mistress.
Melania also revealed she enjoyed the musical drama “Empire.” The show revolves around a hip-hop music company founder and his three children and wife who scheme to claim his multi-million dollar business. So, the first lady can’t relate with this one either. It’s a possibility that Melania only mentioned the shows, which are both created by African-American producers, in an effort to be inclusive.
However, both Rhimes and “Empire” creator Lee Daniels have voiced their disdain for the Trump administration. Rhimes has called the president racist, sexist and xenophobic while Daniels was an outspoken advocate of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Shameful that racism, white power, xenophobia, veteran insults, homophobia, sexism did not bother the Trump-heads. Glad SEXUAL ASSAULT did.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 9, 2016
I REALLY need him to stop calling me "THE African-Americans" because ARE YOU KIDDING ME?— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 10, 2016
I've got it. He speaks in simple sentences. "I'm the smartest. I'm the best. I'm great. She's bad. She's crooked." No ACTUAL thoughts.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 10, 2016
As for the president himself, he has named “Citizen Kane” as a “great movie about newspapering,” which is actually about a man in a ruthless pursuit of power — something that Trump can actually relate to, so no surprises there.
However, The New York Times revealed Trump had “trouble sitting through movies,” (probably because he has an attention span of a child) although he does obsessively watch as much as eight hours of television a day, mostly news coverage of his presidency.
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