FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 11, 2109
NEWARK NEW, NJ - Sen. Corey Booker is being considered for the lead role in a black remake of "Spartacus." The movie project comes on the heals of his “I Am Spartacus” moment during the Senate Judiciary committee hearing, when he claimed that his disruption of the hearing was a “Spartacus moment.”
During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Booker claimed that he was sacrificing for the good of the country, saying he was having an "I am Spartacus moment." Instead of waiting for confidential documents related to Kavanaugh to be released by the Republican controlled committee, he interrupted the hearing to say that he was releasing the documents.
At least some of the papers had been cleared for release at Booker’s request but the committee had yet to make them public before Booker acted. Even though he released the documents, he did not reference them later in the hearing, thus making his actions look like a publicity stunt.
Booker officially announced his run for the presidency one day before Ground Hog’s Day, in February, joining an already crowded field of candidates. It’s not clear if Sen. Booker saw his shadow the day after, in hopes of predicting whether his candidacy would be successful, or would be clouded by his Spartacus moment.
The movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick, and is inspired by the life story of Spartacus, the leader of a slave revolt in antiquity, and the events of the Third Servile War. Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who, along with the Gauls Crixus, Gannicus, Castus, and Oenomaus, was one of the escaped slave leaders of the war.
Pres. Trump has mockingly referred to Sen. Booker as Spartacus, saying that he would prefer Kirk Douglas, the actor, now deceased, who played Spartacus in the 1960 movie by the same name.
The View‘s Meghan McCain challenged Sen. Booker on Friday, referencing his self-declared “I am Spartacus moment.” She said that he is probably known more for his ability to grandstand in public and feign moral outrage, than anything else.
The remake might be timed to be released sometime in 2020, in case Sen. Booker gets the nomination for the Democratic candidate for president. Others think the fact that Spartacus dies during the movie might be a bad omen for Sen. Booker, since he has yet to act like the real Spartacus.
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