During this week’s Golden Globe Awards on the NBC network, many actors and actresses decided to use their acceptance speeches as ploys to politicize why they are proud to get their awards, with host Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show mainly keeping the politics to a minimum. But, none of the pieces of drivel of the stars who attended the ceremony that night could compare to the incredibly pompous and elitist six-minute rant coming out of the mouth of actress Meryl Streep. One highlight of her speech was when she was telling her audience that she sees diversity everywhere and was a product of public schools, and football and mixed martial arts (MMA) – which men in their 20’s and 30’s love to watch – are not actual art:
I was born and raised and created in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a share cropper’s cabin in South Carolina, grew up in Central Falls, Long Island. Sarah Paulson was raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Italy. Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? [ Applause ] And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Ethiopia, raised in — no, in Ireland, I do believe. And she’s here nominated for playing a small town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. [ Cheers and applause ]
She went on to lament that the media was also being discriminated against by those evil flyover country people who watch football and MMA. That is very easy to see why, as the Media Research Center has pointed out many times how a lot of the legacy media – including the entertainment industry – is no longer serving the will of the people, but their elite peers who live in their bubbles of our big cities. However, what the MRC finds everyday didn’t seem to be a problem with Ms. Streep, she actually embraced the bias:
There was one performance this year that stunned me. 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. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of 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. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Okay. Go on with that thing.
Now, that is a flat out lie. The story of Trump mocking a disabled journalist has been debunked numerous times, and Ms. Streep should be ashamed of herself for continuing to perpetuate it. This is yet another example of how out of touch with the American people most of Hollywood is. Sure, there are a few exceptions (Disney’s two feature animation houses – Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar – are examples), but as a general rule, they hate anyone who doesn’t fit into their club.
And this happens both on-screen and off nowadays. Not only did Hollywood insult football fans by letting an actress like Meryl Streep – whose highest grossing movies are just a Google search away – do the speech she did, they also did it during a football game of all things by advertising a new “very special episode” of the ABC show Black-ish, which is specifically designed to smear not only Donald Trump, but also the people who voted for him and supported his successful bid for the presidency:
The kind of propaganda that was used in the promo (and there could be more of it in the episode itself) does not belong in the script of a prime time sitcom. ABC – which is also owned by Disney – might want to think about alienating small-town America to the extent they have; it could be very bad for Disney’s bottom line.
Now back to the Golden Globes ceremony. On the flip side of the coin, actress Emma Stone thanked her family for supporting her career after winning an award for her role in the film La La Land:
Thank you, Mom, for everything! I moved here 13 years ago this week, and without my mom and my dad and my brother, who has put up with me his whole life — thank you, Spence, you’re the best!
That preceding quote is something Ms. Streep should have said in her speech during the ceremony. Emma’s classy moment after she won the Golden Globe brings in mind another Hollywood great, the late British film star Audrey Hepburn. In 1954 after winning the Academy Award for her role in the film Roman Holiday, she said this:
It’s too much. I want to say thank you to everybody who in these past months and years have helped, guided and given me so much. I’m truly, truly grateful and terribly happy.
Now, that is how you do an acceptance speech. Much of mainstream Hollywood today could learn from both Emma Stone and Audrey Hepburn when it comes to doing speeches for awards ceremonies after they receive whatever award they get, whether it may be an Oscar, an Emmy, or a Golden Globe. Unfortunately, they are so out of touch with Americans, they don’t even care who they offend, as long as they please their peers in the mainstream press.