It seems fitting somehow, that the movie ‘La La Land’ swept the board (winning seven out of a possible fourteen movie prizes) at the 47th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hilton in California yesterday.
It is fitting, inasmuch as the term ‘La La Land’ has long been used to describe the complete lunacy and total separation from reality that is the Hollywood Movie Industry and also many of it’s famous inhabitants.
And one aspect of these entertainment industry get togethers that is becoming increasingly common, and a rather troubling one, is that actors, producers and directors, are using the platforms afforded to them during these occasions – to push various political agenda’s, and this latest ceremony is no different.
This time, it was the turn of veteran actress Meryl Streep, who used her lifetime achievement speech to take aim at President-Elect Donald Trump – without even mentioning him by name.
Ms Streep, who’s passionate support for Hillary Clinton is no secret, took time out to both defend Hollywood against allegations of elitism and to call on her fellow actors to remain vigilant and to resist intolerance: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, where are their birth certificates?” .… “So if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. And that is not the arts,” she said.
She also made another fairly obvious reference to the President-Elect’s now infamous (alleged) mimicking of a disabled New York Times reporter in 2015, which the left-wing liberal media and their mouthpieces on social media, have argued ever since was a deliberate attempt to mock the disabled community.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it,” Ms Streep continued, “and I cant get it out of my head, because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, (where have we heard that before?) to call him on the carpet for every outrage.”
Understandably, her words did not sit well with a number of conservative Hollywood heavyweights, as this picture of Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, which was taken during her barely disguised all out attack on the incoming Republican President shows.
As expected, the left-leaning media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic have jumped on this, and have focused all their (and presumably the public’s) attention, on the President-Elect’s alleged attack on the disabled reporter.
So was her attack justified?
Was it even factually accurate?
According to the video below, it certainly does not appear to look that way, and even if as some elements of the alternative media have claimed it is open to interpretation, I shall leave it to the viewer to decide for themselves what is the truth of the matter.
And as many of us have come to expect by now, attacks on what are seen as right-wing politicians and their supporters by those on the left are nothing new, and almost always are based around personal attacks and not on any particular political policy they happen to find disagreeable or offensive.
However, what should also be taken into account is that although Ms Streep obviously has a huge problem with Donald Trump, she did appear to be perfectly comfortable joining in with a standing ovation given to Roman Polanski in 2003.
‘I guess these are “Liberal Hollywood values” actors abide by. A standing ovation for rapists, and long-winded diatribes against a man looking to put America First.’
That’s some real hypocrisy right there, dont you think?