A Celebration for Brave Hollywood Warriors Like Meryl Streep
It’s only January, and we already have a strong frontrunner for “Most Courageous Moment of 2017.” Why, just imagine the kind of backbone it took for Hollywood darling Meryl Streep to stand up in front of a bunch of liberal multimillionaires and criticize Donald Trump! There could have been a mass walkout! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association could have rescinded her lifetime achievement award! She could have been blacklisted from Tinseltown!
But in a twist that no one could have foreseen, Streep’s speech actually earned her a standing ovation from her movie star peers. Will wonders never cease?
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said Sunday night at the Golden Globes. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.”
The brave actress was of course referring to that moment last December when Trump took a shot at reporter Serge Kovaleski, who had walked back his claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the fall of the World Trade Center in 2001. The media insisted that Trump was making fun of Kovaleski’s disability with his pantomime, though video evidence proves he has used this pantomime to mock many of his (perfectly able-bodied) political enemies.
Even if we concede that Trump was mocking the reporter’s disability (which we do not), Streep’s “intended audience” crack missed the mark. No one in that audience knew who Trump was talking about, and they certainly didn’t know he was disabled.
Alas, Streep was in the mood to look down on the kind of Americans who might attend a Trump rally; later in her speech she snidely suggested that, without Hollywood’s “foreigners,” we would be left with nothing but “football and mixed martial arts.”
“Which are not the arts,” she said.
Right, because how would Hollywood survive without all of those great movies being made by illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America?
Trump, naturally, couldn’t resist defending himself on Twitter. He shot back at Streep on Monday morning:
“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” Trump wrote. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”
If actors like Streep aren’t careful over the next four years, they may find that many Americans aren’t interested in forking over their hard-earned money to support rich liberals and their anti-Trump agenda.