Elizabeth Banks stole Donald Trump’s grand entrance, but she was only returning the favor.
On Tuesday night, the actress reenacted Trump’s bizarre entrance at the Republican National Convention, where he appeared in silhouette as Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared over the loudspeakers. Banks mimicked the GOP presidential candidate’s dramatic moves, self-applause and even his approach to the podium.
“Some of you know me from ‘The Hunger Games,’ in which I play Effie Trinket ― a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia,” Banks said to the crowd of delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “So when I tuned in to Cleveland last week, I was like, ‘Uh, hey ― that’s my act!’”
ABC Australia played the two entrances side-by-side for comparison:
Queen blasted the Republicans for using “We Are The Champions” at the RNC, but so far has not responded to the use of the song at the DNC. According to Rolling Stone, Queen guitarist Brian May has previously said he doesn’t want the band’s music used for any political purpose.
“Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool,” May wrote last month, after Trump used the song at another event. “Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.