The Actor

We only watched a few minutes of the Golden Globes last night because Sherlock was on and there was no way I was going to miss that.  So I woke up this morning to all of the news about Meryl Streep’s speech and Trump’s late night tweets in response.

Have you seen the speech? Man, her overwhelming intelligence and compassion just shine right through.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/01/09/meryl-streeps-golden-globes-speech-full-transcript-disrespect/

Like many, I thought that Trump making fun of the disabled reporter was despicable.  Deplorable, you might even say.  What kind of a sick fuck would do that? What does it say about us that so many people didn’t care?

Anyway, I thought Streep made some interesting points regarding the whole “Hollywood elite” thing.  They’re all from somewhere else.  Streep herself grew up in Jersey.  What is it with people who say, stick to acting or stick to singing or stick to sports? As if you’re not allowed to voice an opinion on the world if you’re in a certain profession.  Plus, let this sink in for a minute.  Trump is the executive producer of a network television show. I guess that makes him a “Hollywood elite” too.

Here’s my favorite line:

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.

The bottom line for me is that we need the press now more than ever.  A free press is essential to our democracy.  It protects us all.  We’ll need to protect them too.

One more thing.  Here’s the latest article from the reporter in question:

 

 

I was driving number 2 son back to college last night in Erie, PA when a truck passed us that was towing a snowmobile.  My son asked me if I saw what was on the back of the snowmobile.  It was a big swastika, carved onto the back of it. This is our new reality.

 

 

 

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