Bradley Whitford is being criticized online for misunderstanding the film Parasite after posting a bizarre memo showing that he did not understand the central message of the Oscar-winning film.
On Wednesday night, the West Wing actor raised a few eyebrows on Twitter when he posted a meme mocking Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over the presidency to Joe Biden.
Referring to an iconic scene from the Bong Joon-ho movie in which the protagonists, the poor Kim family, hide under the table of the wealthy Park family in their home, Whitford coiffed the actor’s faces to look like the current president and first lady, as well as the president-elect and future first lady.
Whitford hid Trump and Melania’s faces under the table – probably assuming that the joke is that he won’t leave a house that doesn’t belong to him – and Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are the wealthy homeowners who sit on the couch and don’t know how their house is used by another family.
– Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) November 11, 2020
It is a completely soundless reading of the scene and the film in general.
Whitford is a staunch supporter of the Democrats and Biden, but in creating this meme he unwittingly put Trump in the sympathetic role – the poverty-stricken Kim family is struggling to survive, literally unable to keep their heads above water, so they have to find creative ways to raise money, which leads to them all being employed by the parks.
The Kims (and a basement dweller whom the parks do not know) are dependent on income, food and shelter from the wealthy parks and are left behind in the struggle for waste.
Parasite is not a subtle film. Its message is very clear: capitalism is bad and is sowing the seeds of division among the working class.
The film impales class systems and the wealth gap, and the ultimate message is that capitalism turns us all into parasites.
It is clear that Whitford, in his interpretation of the film, sees the Kim family as the parasites infiltrating the home of the rich Park family, not that the Kim family need not survive on the excessive resources of another.
“Since the story is about the poor family infiltrating and sneaking into the rich family’s house, it seems very obvious that parasite refers to the poor family, and I think that’s why the marketing team was a little hesitant,” Bong told IGN.
“But when you look at it the other way around, you can say that the rich family are also parasites when it comes to work. They can’t even wash dishes, they can’t drive themselves, so they suck the work out of the poor family. So both are “parasites”.
“Okja, snowpiercer, parasite, these are all stories about capitalism,” Bong told Vulture in 2019, referring to his other films, “Before it becomes a massive sociological term, capitalism is just our life.
Whitford’s misinterpretation has caused several people to mock him on Twitter.
“The genius of parasite is the way people unknowingly reveal themselves according to their interpretation of the term,” replied one person.
The genius of parasite is the way people unknowingly reveal themselves according to their interpretation of the term,” replied one person.
– Gold & Youth (@GoldandYouth) November 11, 2020
Another added: “Honestly, I think that rich people are fundamentally incapable of understanding this film, but the message is just too much in conflict with their personal narrative/ego to even notice it, it’s remarkable”.
Do you really believe that rich people are fundamentally incapable of understanding this movie, the message is just too much in conflict with their personal narrative/ego to even notice it.
– phoon (@weirdfigs) November 11, 2020
I am more and more convinced that liberals believe that Parasite is just a movie about a family that overstretches their stay https://t.co/iReg9UuTm1
– ðArman Kalyanið (@ArmanK925) November 12, 2020
Many brought up the fact that Whitford, while playing in “Get Out,” did not realize that his claim that he had elected Obama for a third term was a joke.
This confirms a theory of mine that none of the white actors in “Get Out” had any idea what the movie was about. https://t.co/9FVTCFbIWs
– Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) November 12, 2020
Goddamn, this is so much more fun when you know that this is your l