Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein has invited Tea Party darling and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host the U.S. premiere of his new satire, “Butter,” in Iowa in January and to spend the day with him so he can give her a math lesson and a refresher on the Constitution.
The snarky invitation was read by actress Olivia Wilde, who is part of the cast, prior to the screening of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday. Weinstein said he would also fly in other Tea Party leaders to Iowa for the U.S. premiere.
“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),” the statement read.
“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 makes 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.”
Bachmann’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Bachmann has been a frequent target of ridicule and derision on the left for her socially conservative positions.
Weinstein, who gained prominence with his brother by producing critically-acclaimed films for Miramax, is a Democratic activist who supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. His new film features a Bachmann-like character who lives in Iowa and goes to great lengths to help her husband retain his title as the town’s butter-sculpting champion, including sabotaging the work of a little orphan.