There's a reason we don't let actors write their lines. When given the opportunity to speak on their own, they seem to frequently embarrass themselves.
It's gotten so common, that during awards season, TV networks are on the lookout for all those embarrassing gaffs, slip ups, and bizarre remarks that they will replay over and over again on their thinly-veiled gossip shows.
Hell, John Travolta's practically made a career out of doing that!
Outside of award ceremonies, we often see actors and actresses saying and doing the most ridiculous things- when not coached by their handlers. Sure, they may seem put-together and sharp on The Tonight Show, but that's as genuine as Caitlyn Jenner's boobs.
When given a chance to really speak their mind, celebrities go out of their way to prove how stupid, arrogant, and out-of-touch they are with the American people. Just look at the number of actors who tried to steal the 2016 election. They made emotional videos to dupe unsuspecting voters. They threw pointless concerts aimed at kids too young to vote.
And of course, they ranted and screamed like spoiled children when they learned their christened candidate lost secularly.
I'm not against actors having their own opinions. They're Americans (most of them) and as such have a right to select a candidate as much as any of us. Yet their opinion amounts to as much as mine does: a single vote. When they abuse their "celebrity" status to manipulate the public, or to take a holier than thou attitude, we have to sit back and ask: why are we listening to these people?
And so it was when multi-award winner actress Meryl Streep was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes- she was given a six-minute window to share with us mortals what she's learned from all her years of acting. Did she hand out wisdom to aspiring actors? Did she give a heartfelt speech, thanking all her fans for letting her act for a career?
Nope. She used the time to attack our next president.
First, she pandered to the Hollywood Foreign Press, an organization little known by American audiences. Seriously, only people in show business care about this group, and only during award season.
She began by saying that Hollywood, foreigners and the press are ‘the most vilified segments of American society right now.'
At which point the cameras panned out to hundreds of the richest, most privileged people in American society sitting in the audience in their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses, loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their dreadful victimhood.
She then said that if all the ‘outsiders and foreigners’ were kicked out of Hollywood, ‘you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.’ (via Daily Mail)
What a modest, respectful thing to say, when millions of regular Americans are watching. Perhaps her outdated comments would have been relevant way back in the 1970's when Meryl started her career, but in the age of YouTube and podcasting- when there are literally thousands of entertainment alternatives available- Hollywood is less relevant or important than it has ever been.
Her comments would be almost laughable, if they weren't so hideously insulting. Football and mixed martial arts? Are those so terrible compared to Ricki and the Flash? I'd rather cheer the New York Giants any day.
But of course, her out-of-touch, elitist remarks don't just show how different she is to the millions of Americans watching when it comes to their choices of entertainment. She needs to dig up an already disproven smear attack created during the election to make Trump look like a monster.
Her real target, though, was Trump. She’d come to take him down, and that is exactly what she proceeded to do.
‘There were many powerful performances this year that did breathtaking, compassionate work,’ she said. ‘But there was one performance that stunned me. It sank it hooks in my heart, not because it was good – there’s nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. 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 and power and the capacity to fight back.’
She's referencing a tired story where Trump supposedly mocked a disabled reporter. Trump and numerous conservative websites have already proven he was simply using a certain kind of gesture he often used to mock people. Yes, Trump's an outspoken and bold speaker- that's why many Americans love him. But he would never make fun of a person because of a disability.
He will take someone down for being a crony, liar, hypocrite, or idiot.
But if you listened to Meryl's speech, you'd think we just elected a schoolyard bully, raining insults down on a weak, powerless victim. It's a pretty common tactic of the left: to distort facts in order to generate a false, emotional response from the listener.
It was very easy, and cowardly, for Meryl to do this in front of an audience packed with liberal sycophants. I'd like to see her appear before the many millions that voted for Trump. I doubt she'd pull the self-righteous stance she did in front of her adoring colleagues.
Trump's a tough cookie, though. Meryl's weak words won't do much to dampen his victory, or to stop his success in the White House. In fact, it's these kinds of unjust moments of persecution that will ignite conservative Americans to take further actions to defend and support their beliefs, once again invalidating the hypocrisy of the left.
For that, I should be thanking Meryl.
There was more she said that made me feel like I was taking crazy pills. Something that cannot be ignored.
But putting all that to one side for a moment – and if Trump WAS mocking a man’s disability then I agree it was disgraceful - let’s move to what Streep said next: “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose...”
You’d be hard-pushed to find an industry that encourages more disrespect and violence than Hollywood.
A place where rich, powerful people make billions of dollars by regularly pandering to the lowest common denominators of sexism, racism, homophobia and misogyny.
And happily exploit ever more hideous, graphic violence to make a fast, easy buck.
I quoted from Piers Morgan's statement, because I wholeheartedly agree. The hypocrisy exhibited by this woman- and by extension the rest of her industry- defies belief. She and many liberals have attacked Trump about the very things they are guilty of.
Remember when Hillary Clinton had the audacity to call Trump a puppet of the Russian government during the debates, when she has taken many millions from Wall Street and Saudi Arabia? Who's the puppet, Hill?
And now a woman, speaking on behalf of show business, claims that Trump's actions will invite disrespect and violence. Sorry Meryl, you're confusing Trump with Obama, whose irresponsible rhetoric has given terrorist group Black Lives Matter a license to riot in the streets, inflict hate crimes on mentally challenged white people, and murder cops.
This is the MO of Hollywood. They revel in violence, fear, hate, lust, greed, any vice they can capture in front of a camera. Then during award ceremonies, they stroke their bloated egos pretending that they are doing something to help society.
All they are doing is exploiting the baser parts of human nature, to the tune of billions.
Meryl's not done with embarrassing herself.
At the end of her speech, Streep launched a passionate defense of the press. ‘They’ll need us to safeguard the truth,’ she said.
Ah, the triangle of corruption is complete. The incestuous circle of Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the press. Clearly, Meryl has not been paying attention to the embarrassing spectacle the press has been party to this last year. Otherwise, she would have known how traditional, liberal media outlets are dying and independent websites and whistleblowers like Project Veritas and Wikileaks are doing the real work.
"Safeguard the truth" must be one of the most loaded lies about the press I've ever heard. The press hasn't protected the truth in years. The entire Obama era has been one big lie. The election finally tore the wool off of many people's eyes, as they witnessed the press lie about Hillary's email investigation, her illness, the source of her email hacks, and continued treatment of Donald Trump. The press gave up the truth long ago in exchange for exclusive access to the President and circles of power. They are the last people we should look to for truth.
We are living in a time where Hollywood better watch out. It won't be long before independent filmmakers and entertainers co-opt their seat of power. Already YouTube stars rake in the millions, without the support or approval of Hollywood or TV. Writers, artists, musicians, and comedians are finding new avenues to reach audiences online, circumventing the old gatekeepers. It won't be another generation before Hollywood's cabal of power is a thing of the past.
Dinosaurs like Meryl Streep only further drive a wedge between her industry and their audience. Perhaps she should learn from people like Mark Wahlberg, who wisely criticized entitled celebrities for trying to manipulate voters. Or take a lesson from Denzel Washington, who had this to say about movie making:
People say “the difficulty of making a movie.” Well, send your son to Iraq. That’s difficult. It’s just a movie, relax. I don’t play that precious nonsense. Your son got shot in the face? That’s difficult. Making a movie is a luxury. It’s a gift. But don’t get it twisted, it’s just a movie.
It's a gift, Meryl. It's a luxury that can all too easily be taken away. When you abuse your position to spread lies and a political agenda, you're only proving how much we don't need you. You have forgotten how fortunate you are for your privilege and success, and are only driving America away from your industry.
Sad to say, the die's already been cast. It won't be long before Hollywood's a thing of the past.