Sunday, January 8, 2017

Plus and minus of Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech.

From Meryl Streep's De Mille award acceptance speech at tonight's Golden Globes ceremony:
They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.
But 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, and 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 kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.--GOOD, because it says something that needs to be said over and over theses next four years.

So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.--NOT SO GOOD because it's just another example of punching down on Trump voters (the "I don't care! They're stupid!"argument needs to be retired by Industry/Media progressives/neoliberals)  And doing so
( instead of figuring out how to communicate the hurt Trump's policies will cause the people who voted for narrow turn-clock-back reasons) could well be the seed of those voters knee-jerk colluding with legislative attempts to censor film/TV /gaming content.  And, in the short term, more nonsense from personalities like Chuck Woolery and Mark Wahlberg about actors being apolitical (political talk in itself) and mute, except to plug product.

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