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IT’S SAID “IF the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In a topsy-turvy version of this, I propose constructing cultural tweets that might be understood by our Tweeter-in-Chief.

This parlor game (we still have parlors, right?) evolved from “Trumping the Arts” here at SimanaitisSays and resulting comments: Wrote one reader, “This opera about me is great. It has so many notes, it’s amazing. It has more notes than any other opera. And I’m the best operatic character. Fantastic comedy! Believe me, you want to see it.”

I got in the fun as well: “Don Giovanni one Bad Hombre, but Donna Elvira even worse as Whiner! Sad! Donna Anna’s father Rock-Solid!”

Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Image of Los Angeles Opera 2012 production from Opera Today.

Succinctly, the idea of this parlor game is to compose a description of a book, play, opera, Broadway show or other cultural work; use no more than 140 characters and incorporate Trumpian references, explicit or implied.

Points are awarded based on the conciseness of the cultural description, with extra credit for reflecting previous Tweeter-in-Chief communications.

Here are a few more:

“Peg-leg captain walks funny! Check papers of harpooner with foreign name Queequeg. Ishmael too? Why is WHITE fish the bad guy?? UNFAIR!”

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville. Illustration by I.W. Taber, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1901.

“No reason I can see for BURNING ATLANTA. Rhett, Scarlet and that colored mammy BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Too many pages. Sad.”

Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlet O’Hara, left, portrayed by Vivian Leigh; Mammy, right, portrayed by Hattie McDaniel. Leigh was Best Actress and McDaniel was Best Supporting Actress at the 12th Academy Awards, February 1940. McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Oscar; she and her escort were racially separated from others at a separate table in the back of the Coconut Grove ceremony.

“Duke gets to GRAB all he wants. Hunchback jester looks funny. Daughter Gilda REAL hot! Who LEAKED Rigoletto/Sparafucile deal?? Bad!”

Teresa Brambilla, 1813–1895, Italian soprano, the first Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Lithograph by Antoine Maurin, 1845.

“Thane-to-be has Three Witches. My crowds much bigger. Banquo appearance faked? Failing news of Birnam Wood and untimely ripp’d: TOTAL HOAX??”

Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Act I Scene 3. Painting by Théodore Chassériau, 1855.

Your turn. Have fun. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2017

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