The Executive Producer of 'The LEGO Batman Movie' Is Now Treasury Secretary
The LEGO Batman Movie, a 3D computer animated superhero action-comedy film that appears to be about Batman were he a LEGO figurine, had a great opening weekend at the box office, bringing in $55.6 million in its domestic debut. In other news, the U.S. Senate has confirmed the executive producer of The LEGO Batman Movie as our next Treasury secretary.
The Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive (and dilettante film financier), by a narrow margin of 53-47 votes. Democrats have argued that "Mnuchin’s experience on Wall Street exemplified corporate malpractice that led to the 2008 financial crisis," according to the New York Times. Mnuchin, who somehow found time between foreclosing on families' homes to executive produce the Entourage movie, also drew fire during the confirmation process for failing to disclose almost $100 million in assets. As Secretary of the Treasury Department, Mnuchin will now be the president's top economic advisor and play a critical role in policy-making.
“I simply cannot forgive somebody who took a look at that banking crisis and took a look at the pain that Wall Street had sent in a wave across all of America, and thought, ‘Ah, there’s a great new way to make money, foreclosing on people,'" Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said of Mnuchin, according to The Guardian.
On the plus side, ABC News is reporting that The LEGO Batman Movie's first place finish marks "one of the best weekends at the box office so far in 2017." Although, for what it's worth, there have been a total of six weekends so far in 2017. Mnuchin will now be "responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt," according to the Treasury Department's website.
Mnuchin, who Congressman Maxine Waters of California has dubbed "the foreclosure king," was also criticized during the confirmation process for his initial failure to fully disclose his involvement in an investment fund based out of the Cayman Islands, which are so famous in pop culture for serving as a tropical tax haven that they have literally become "handy movie shorthand for 'shady,'" according to one investigative reporter, who also posited that the Tom Cruise movie The Firm was responsible for starting the wave of Cayman references in movies. “I did not use a Cayman Island entity in any way to avoid taxes for myself. There was no benefit to me,” Mnuchin said, according to the Guardian.
Mnuchin, who also executive produced the Kevin Hart action-comedy Central Intelligence, is now fifth in line to run the country, per the United States presidential line of succession.
In conclusion, here is the full text of W.B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," presented without comment:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?