Actresses follow scripts. Streep is no different.
Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ is over. We USED to care what scolding stars told us to think about issues, but not anymore.
In fact, we MOCK them when they try. They ‘literally have one job’. They are the trained monkeys we pay to distract us from real life. They’re not even as good at THAT as they used to be. They’re being eclipsed by video games.
So while Streep was winning her award for being the most accomplished clown in the circus, she got on her high horse. To bash someone with real-world accomplishments.
If she really wanted to speak to a pressing issue of the day, there is a big one she missed. We’ll come back to that in a moment. Instead, she used her moment to do what all self-satisfied Hollywood elitists do… slam Republicans.
It’s a very old story.
The actress was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter throughout the campaign and even introduced the presidential nominee when she appeared via video feed from her home in New York on the second night of the Democratic National Convention over the summer.
“That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” -Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech
Streep is also fond of the Obamas as well, and was one of the few guests who made the cut for the couple’s final White House party on Friday night. –DailyMail
Humiliate..? Disrespect..? Violence..? Keep those words in mind. We’ll come back to them.
When Streep stood up and denounced President-Elect Trump, it was, in part, for having mocked a disabled reporter. Celebrities are used to the public’s unquestioned belief in whatever lies they spew. Because they’re backed up by their media allies.
But the public didn’t bite this time. They voted for Trump ANYWAY.
Now her finger-wagging is about a gesture Trump made while speaking.
Although Snopes treats it as though this is an actual news story (not the ‘fake news’ they are supposed to protect us from) a British news outlet actually took the time to look back in history and compare video to equivalent situations. They found Trump making that same gesture with other people he was making fun of… Ted Cruz included.
A video from October 2015 has Trump talking about banking regulators.
‘When you see the president of the bank, I mention the word regulator-‘ he breaks off to perform the role of the bank president, hunching his shoulders and limply shaking his wrist and head.
Another clip, taken at the same rally Trump mocked Kovaleski, has Trump complaining about a general being asked about ISIS.
He performs similar – though more restrained – movements, waving his arms and shaking his head.
And in a clip from February this year, Trump mocks Ted Cruz for being a poor public speaker, again hunching his shoulders and shaking his arms.
The site also hosted an even earlier clip, from a 2005 Larry King interview, in which Trump pulls another limp-wristed posture while imagining how happy he would be to go on a two-week vacation. DailyMail
Whatever you may think of how ‘appropriate’ it is for Trump to mock people, we can say two things about it.
First, that Ted Cruz does not have the same physical condition as the reporter, but was mocked the same way. That makes it a generic mockery Trump uses and not a specific slam on the individual. Logically, their mocks the disabled accusation is revealed as nothing more than naked anti-Trump propaganda.
Second, Hollywood uses mockery as a weapon every single day. Usually it’s to mock ordinary Americans, and traditional American values. Basically, anyone who isn’t lockstep with whatever new Social experiment has been ‘trending’ lately.
They have a LOT of time and energy for mocking Trump. For poisoning the public against him. For calling him and anyone remotely connected with him ‘racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe’ etcetera.
Going back to her speech… remember those two words: Humiliate? Disrespect? Violence?
Let’s look at that quote again. From a slightly DIFFERENT angle. Let’s look at it from the angle of the humiliation and disrespect leveled at Trump specifically and Republicans generally… especially with epithets like ‘racist’ being thrown around so cavalierly.
The quote was:
“That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose
She intended to blast a specific politician for mocking a single reporter. What she accidentally did is call out the relentless abuse of Celebrity Star Power to whip up hate against people of a different political view.
Rather than engaging ideas, Hollywood Celebrities ‘use their position‘ to ‘bully others‘. They ‘humiliate‘ from a ‘public platform‘. That ‘filters down into everyone’s life ‘ and ‘gives permission for other to do the same’. ‘Disrespect invites disrespect’ … just as she says. And ultimately, that attitude of disrespect breeds something worse. ‘Violence incites violence’.
And then we see men pulled from their cars and beaten because the white guy driving is ‘obviously’ a ‘Trump supporter’.
And speaking of disabled people…
… we see live Facebook feeds of four hate-filled violent personifications of Hollywood’s contempt.
Four punks abducting and torturing a disabled guy. Uplifting non-political conversation was had between them like ‘F*** Donald Trump’ and ‘F*** White people’.
Oh, by the way. In recognition of her accomplishments?
Congrats, Ms. Streep, on your ‘pretending award’