Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Of Meryl Streep and the President-Elect

I don't know Meryl Streep but I love her work. She gives flawless performances in all her movies. She is one of those rare actors who seem to dissolve into their roles. You watch her and she is no longer Meryl Streep acting, she is Karen Silkwood. She's Isak Dinesen, Suzanne Vale, Miranda Priestly, Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher.


No, I don't know Meryl Streep but she appears to be a good person. Kind. Warm. Funny. Smart.

Now, I'm one of those people who immediately bristles when a celebrity takes the opportunity of an awards show to spout out an opinion. Of course every American has the right to express their views. I've just always felt it was unfair that celebrities automatically have a huge ready made audience to speak (preach) to.

And yet, when I watched the Golden Globes the other night and Meryl Streep began to express her opinion I wanted to stand up and cheer. She didn't just speak of her incredulity at some of the PEOTUS's remarks and actions. She says she was stunned. Broken hearted.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

It was perfect. Well almost perfect. I agree with Trevor Noah-it was a speech about respect and inclusion. She probably should have left out the dis on football and the mixed martial arts.
Almost perfect.

And then.......Well of course we should have seen it coming. PEOTUS and his Twitter account. Meryl Streep is one of the most over-rated actresses of all time.

Really? First of all, Meryl Streep is arguably THE GREATEST actor of all time. Second, learn to listen to criticism or just ignore it and focus on running the country.

Maybe go to your intelligence briefings instead of formulating policy based on what "you're hearing".

Stop ridiculing the disabled, Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans.

Start behaving with the dignity the office deserves.