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After Donald Trump used the phrase "Paris is burning" in a tweet about the economy, social media users took the opportunity to educate the president and his followers about the queer-themed documentary of the same name.
Most likely Trump's tweet on Monday sought to influence economic decisions by the Federal Reserve and to reference Europe's economy, as well as the yellow vests protests that have roiled France.
\u201cIt is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation, the outside world blowing up around us, Paris is burning and China way down, the Fed is even considering yet another interest rate hike. Take the Victory!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1545053236
But could he have been mentioning the landmark film about drag ball culture in late-'80s New York City that remains a cultural touchstone for the LGBTQ community? Trump did spent much of the 1980s in the Manhattan club scene hanging out with Roy Cohn, a gay man (though a self-hating one).
Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy retorted: "Accidentally mentioning Paris Is Burning is the closest that Trump has ever gotten to supporting LGBTQ people."
Then, there was an LGBTQ pile-on.
\u201c@realDonaldTrump YASSSS PARIS IS BURNING, HUNTY.\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1545053236
\u201c@realDonaldTrump Paris is Burning is such a good movie! Thanks for the reminder.\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1545053236