We can't help but wonder if Harvey's even seen "Butter."
Harvey Weinstein unveiled the upcoming political satire "Butter" at the Toronto Film Festival Monday night, but before the curtain rose, he sent Olivia Wilde out on stage to make a special announcement, inviting Rep. Michele Bachmann to the film's premiere later this year, reported 24 Frames:
"I know Michele will already be in Iowa for the caucus, so we can save some money on airfare and travel. I would of course be more than happy to fly in the other leading members of the 'tea party' movement to make an entire day of it. We could take some math classes in the morning to help balance the budget, brush up on the Constitution in the afternoon, play some ping-pong and then maybe some verbal ping-pong on gay rights and women's rights (especially the right to choose).
"But at night we can all go hand-in-hand to the premiere of 'Butter,' a fun and important film where we'll share some popcorn and laughs. These are the kind of bipartisan efforts that make America great. I look forward to hearing from Michele and I'm particularly looking forward to those classes on the Constitution. All my best, Harvey."
We love Harvey, but he's a notorious promoter, taking every opportunity to make as big a fuss as he can to get his films extra press, so we kind of hate ourselves for paying attention to this outburst, but we find it odd, nay, disingenuous for him to bait/mock Bachmann by inviting her to a film that is a satirical take on the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
"Butter" tells the story of a young black girl (played by Yara Shahidi) who discovers she has a gift for carving butter, and finds herself in a showdown for the championship with a woman (played by Jennifer Garner) whose husband (played by Ty Burrell) is the former title holder.
“When you start to peel away the layers of the movie, you realize that there’s a lot of political metaphor to the movie,” director Jim Field Smith recently explained to EW. “Bill Clinton was this much-loved president, who maybe was not so discreet with his sexual love, and Hillary stood in the shadows very quietly supporting him. After his two terms were up, there was a sense of Hillary saying, ‘My turn now.’
“And then, the year she runs for president, Barack Obama, this young upstart, comes along, and there’s a sense of Hillary being like, ‘Really?’ That was very much the metaphor that (screenwriter) Jason Micallef was aiming for when he wrote the script originally. Obviously, there’s some fairly unsubtle links to the fact that the movie is set in Iowa.”
"Butter" comes out Oct. 21, and we're stoked for it, even if it makes fun of jackasses and not elephants.