As efforts to impeach Donald Trump and kick him out of the White House in his final days of a one-term presidency rage in Washington DC, there's another impressive house people would like to remove him from.
The fancy house in the movie Home Alone is the latest one people are seeking to boot him from -- you know the one, it's the epic Colonial that everyone wonders how a single family could afford.
An online petition has been circulating to remove Trump from his cameo in the follow-up classic "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," and it gained additional attention when the star himself, Macaulay Culkin, tweeted his support.
Culkin first wrote the word "sold" on a tweet about the petition, then added the word "bravo" to another tweet that depicted the Trump cameo replaced by empty space.
Trump -- then known only as a high-powered real estate mogul -- appears briefly in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" when Culkin, when the character played by Culkin asks him for directions to the lobby of the Plaza hotel, which Trump owned at the time.
Many fans have seen it as fun moment in the hit movie, but The Guardian reports that in an interview with Insider in December 2020, the film’s director Chris Columbus said that Trump, ever the showman, bullied his way into the movie by "insisting he get a role in the film in return for allowing shooting to take place in the hotel."
Columbus added that Trump’s cameo was popular with movie-goers at the time it was filmed: “When we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened – people cheered when Trump showed up on screen. So I said to my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.’”
After the insurrection at the Capitol spurred on the president caused terror and killed five, the impression it leaves may be different.
The person who tweeted about the petition concept of removing Trump digitally from the movie didn't include anything that people could sign, but there is a petition on change.org that calls for replacing Trump in the movie digitally with Biden. That has 422 supporters.
"Home Alone 2 is tarnished. It has a racist stain on it in the shape of Donald J Trump. I petition that he be edited out of the film and replaced with Joe Biden. Nothing ruins holiday cheer like a sexist, xenophobic, race-baiting bigot. For the sake of future generations, Trump must be replaced.
"Please, save Christmas. Edit Trump out of this Hollywood classic," the petition says.