The Golden Globes just aired on Sunday night, and as we’re sure you’re all aware of now, veteran actress Meryl Streep had a few choice words for America’s president-elect Donald Trump.
“But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was — there’s 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 and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in 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. OK, go on with that thing. OK, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”
Okay, Meryl. But isn’t this a little too late? The man is going to be inaugurated in a little over a week from now. Sure, there may have been a few celebs saying something here and there, but never like this. With this kind of platform. It was important to do, but why now? Where was Meryl Streep months ago, loudly condemning Trump? For that matter, where has she been on a lot of the issues that have been going on in America? Like the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hollywood should have been speaking this loudly months ago. But it always seems as if people finally start speaking out when it’s too late. Yeah, what Meryl said was important and needed to be said, but is it really going to change anything now? Wasn’t she also the same women wanting to defend that child rapist of a filmmaker Roman Polanski? Oh, so Roman raping a young girl is cool, but Trump’s the problem? This hypocrisy has to stop.
And as far as defending the press, listen, the media helped Trump get elected. Giving this monster free coverage every damn day, refusing to call him out on his destructive nonsense. Are we really supposed to join together and protect the media? When this is all partially their fault?
Frankly, Hugh Laurie’s shade during his acceptance speech was more rabble-rousing. And you know there had to be some Republicans in the room, not saying a word during Meryl’s speech. Are they going to do anything? What can be done now?
Hollywood has a lot of power. And they could’ve joined together a long time ago to start angrily and loudly protesting the orange cheeto. But, as mentioned earlier, people always wanna do it when it’s too late. Too many people are gonna suffer because of this upcoming tragic and unholy presidency. Too many people will die. We certainly don’t need Jennifer Lawrence telling us to hug our neighbors and stay strong. Most of you people in Hollywood won’t be suffering like the rest of us.
Here’s an idea. WHy not just refuse to attend award shows and instead, protest Trump? But that’s probably to radical for these liberals. But it’d help get the job done. Let’s hope they can offer more than just speeches. We’ll need real action. And none of us here at Swurv are going to be playing nice with the media. This is their fault, too.
This is Jimmy Fallon’s fault! The man who hosted the damn award show. Tussling Trump’s hair like he was some overgrown, overly tanned cute-ugly baby. Don’t tell us to join together. Tell your coworkers, Hollywood.
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) January 10, 2017