President Donald J. Trump had a busy weekend. After signing an executive order now known as the "immigration ban," or, more specifically, the "Muslim ban," he allegedly hosted a viewing of Pixar's Finding Dory at the White House movie theater (the first official Trump White House screening).
While the commander-in-chief's immediate jump from tearing families apart to viewing a lighthearted children's movie is entirely consistent with Trump's character, there's no ignoring the irony here, given the movie's plot.
Finding Dory star and queen of our hearts Ellen DeGeneres couldn't help but appreciate the irony — so she shared her thoughts with her studio audience and Twitter.
As she reminded us, she doesn't "get political." So, she just talked about the movie itself.
Basically, Ellen gave the audience a little plot summary that conveniently breaks down some relevant political issues.
Now, of course, Finding Dory is about a fish named Dory. And Dory lives in Australia and these are her parents. And they live in America. And I don't know what religion they are but her dad sounds a little Jewish, doesn't matter.
So, there's some migration.... and a wall — an ineffective one, specifically.
Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo and she ends up at the marine life institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. and you wont believe it, but that wall has almost no effect on keeping them out.
Perhaps this anti-wall rhetoric is even simple enough for some cabinet members to understand? Now, on to broader issues of morality and compassion:
Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family. But the other animals help Dory. Animals that don't even need her. Animals that don't even have anything in common with her. They help her even though they're completely different colors, because that's what you do when you see someone in need, you help them.
Thank you, Ellen, for that very relevant plot summary.
Dory herself says #NoWall and #NoBan. If that doesn't sway you politically, nothing will.