You’ve been Trumped, and exposed, Donald
As I watched “You’ve Been Trumped“, I was absolutely outraged. I kept screaming to my husband, “OMG, I can’t believe it!”
You see, i live near the dunes on Long Island, and I know how precious and ecologically fragile they are. So a crime against dunes anywhere in the world gets my temper up.
Director Anthony Baxter never dreamed that his first feature film would star Donald Trump. The film, “You’ve Been Trumped” is a classic, real-life David and Goliath story. I don’t know if David ultimately wins this one, but Goliath sure comes off looking like a monster and an ass. Sure, people might find Trump’s blustery TV personality and his catch phrase, “You’re fired” amusing, but it’s not so funny when he gets his claws into a town’s resources and way of life.
With an arrogant disregard for nature and local sovereignty, Trump swooped into the environmentally sensitive and oh so beautiful dunes of Northern Scotland to erect and obscenely big playground for the rich and fabulous—a huge hotel, two golf courses, and 1500 time-share condos.
The local Aberdeen council originally rejected Trump’s proposal, but he managed to get the national government to step in and overturn the ruling. Once he got the go-ahead, Trump attempted to seize the land of locals who did not go along with his plans. They were harassed by police and had their water and electricity interrupted.
Fortunately, filmmaker Anthony Baxter was there to document this egregious display of the entitlement of the 1%. Baxter understood the situation because he is a local. He got so involved that he was actually arrested and thrown in jail. Other heroes are local landowners Michael Forbes and Susan Munro and friends and family who turn out to support them.
If you want to know why some of the world calls us “ugly Americans”, this film will provide the answer. “You’ve Been Trumped” is a real-life version of the film “Local Hero”, but without the happy ending.
The film opens in New York on August 3 at the Angelica. The director will be there to answer questions.