Latest Hollywood movie may be a subliminal jab at the Trump era

The third installment of the Apes film series is scheduled to be released July 14, and questions are being raised about the strange similarities between the film’s plot and current politicial issues.

In a review by the Hollywood Reporterit is noted that the film, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” includes a “fierce leader with authoritarian tendencies, a refugee crisis, and a great wall.”

Director Dan Lemmon said the parallels are simply a coincidence, and star Woody Harrelson agreed, saying, “You would think there are a lot of parallels,” he says, “but when we shot the movie, the idea of Trump becoming president seemed unlikely.”

In speaking with cast members, Variety reported that some agree the similiarity to Trump is eery. Actor Steve Zahn said, “There are so many parallels it’s unbelievable. Immigrants, building walls, tolerance, fear — our empathy goes away when we are afraid.”

That’s not the only similiarities, however. Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is upset about the movie, after a poster advertising the movie shows one ape wearing a blue vest, eerily similar to his own trademark blue vest that he often wears.

Mckessen sent out several Twitter posts Monday night, accusing the film of “dehumanizing” him, and connecting black people with apes. He has since deleted the tweets, but T. Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner captured a screenshot before they disappeared.

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