Queen Meryl Explains It All


Meryl Streep’s rant against Donald Trump at the Golden Globes is begging for a fisk and I will supply it:


Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you. This town, thank you. I love you all, but you’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend, and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year. So I have to read. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press, just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said. You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

Why do you think that is the case Meryl, assuming it were true?

But who are we? And what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.

Who got out of those places as quickly as  their little legs could carry them.

I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey.

It shows Meryl.

Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, 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. 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.

Actually Meryl football and mixed martial arts are filled with foreigners.  Way to go in zinging your fellow Americans unjustly as both xenophobic and uncreative.  Of course the problem for Hollywood is that there are endless ways for people to spend their entertainment dollars these days instead of going to overpriced “theaters” and viewing a 19th century form of mass entertainment.




They gave me three seconds to say this.

I guess Hollywood time is as accurate as Hollywood accounting.


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.

Meryl, when is the last time you played a conservative Republican as something other than a stick figure villain?


But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hook in my heart not because it was good. It was — there was nothing good about it, but it was effective, and it did its job.

See, in the world of Streep Trump got elected, not because he had better positions on the issues, or that his opponent Hillary Clinton, who Meryl supported, was truly a miserable candidate who even a two to one dollar advantage couldn’t get elected, but because he gave a more effective performance.


It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

Trump supporters as feral animals.  Nice.


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.

The fact that it did not happen is apparently of small consequence,  as is the fact I suppose that the reporter in question worked for the New York Times, the most powerful news rag in this country.


It kind of broke my heart, and 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.


I am sure Meryl that you have never needed a bad example to treat other people you deem as inferior as cattle.  The thirteen  year old rape victim of Roman Polanski is a case in point.  Did she cross your mind when you gave a standing ovation to her rapist  at the 2003 Golden Globes?

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence insights violence. When the powerful use definition to bully others, we all lose. Ok. Go on with that thing. OK. This brings me to the press. We need the principal press to hold power to account to call them on the carpet for every outrage.


A rich Hollywood actress uses an awards ceremony to deliver a political rant and speaks of bullying.  An un-examined life is a terrible thing Meryl.

That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedom in our Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists because we are going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

Translation:  What happened in the last election?  The media was almost all against him and Trump won anyway.  Time to double down on our propaganda efforts in both entertainment and “news”.

One more thing. Once when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something, you know, we were going to work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, “Take your broken heart. Make it into art.” Thank you, friend.

Meryl, you would not know empathy for those who have the temerity to differ from your political beliefs, if it came up, bit you on the bottom and said, “Hello, I’m empathy!”.

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Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I am always struck with the similarity (thus clanships) of Hollywood’s leftist actors and politicians. It appears they often share the same profession—trying to make us think they are really firm believers in the scripts that they both read.

  2. As Hollywood excursions into stupidity go, this one was fairly mild (for non-mild, see Robert Redford’s recent attempt to deodorize Dan Rather and Mary Mapes). I’ve never understood the critics’ affection for Meryl Streep. I checked IMDB to jog my memory and I discover I’d seen three of her films over 40 years (two well after the fact in the homes of others, on video or cable; one in the theatre). One film was inconsequential and no more than mildly irritating, one was disgusting, and one you could see why others might appreciate it even if you didn’t (I didn’t). Her performance was workmanlike, not much more. Where’s the beef?

  3. It’s a form of lying for her to insinuate that Trump is against immigration. He’s against illegal immigration and for extreme vetting of Muslims. How does that connect with her list of legal immigrant actors. It doesn’t connect. Did she get her non logic from New Jersey schools? Maybe she got her liberalism therein but public schools in NJ can be excellent in academics varying with the zip code and income level. There are public schools in those zip codes sending many to demanding colleges….but yes….liberalism probably suffuses the editorial commentary of teachers but let’s be real, anti death penalty jargon flows through the Catholic school system ever since 1997… despite a vast majority of Popes in Heaven marveling at the absurdity of that trend.
    Meryl by lying has helped the Republicans in 2020. By hinting that she like Hillary finds Trump voters deplorable…sports only, she has continued the elist image of those at the peak of control in her party…that they care nothing for the rust belt humans. All in all, she helped Republicans.

  4. t’s a form of lying for her to insinuate that Trump is

    That sort of lying comes easily to people who carry around with them a certain sort of crudity. The nuance in one dependent clause in a sentence is beyond them. (See, for example, Mark Shea repeatedly referring to Trump and Richard Cheney as ‘draft dodgers’, a term which properly applies to neither).

  5. Thanks for your excellent commentary accompanying Streep’s attack on millions of Americans and the President Elect. Read none better thus far.

  6. Only in Hollywood can immigrant wives be made fun of for their accent, while the husband is demonized for wanting “legal” immigration.

  7. My take; snowflake personified..That is Meryl Streep. Their bubble burst. The Hillary fund raisers, TV interview’s, non-news outlets ie. Morning talk shows…They all we’re for naught. Looser.

    They LOST!

    My wife had the program on until I called a spade a spade. She agreed. In the middle of Meryl’s act ( golden globes) we closed the curtain.

    Suck it up Hollywood.
    We have been on to you for some time…And were not buying it any longer.

  8. Art Deco,
    I honestly feel Mark Shea writings are a form of contamination now whereas years ago, he was better. Jean Paul Sartre ( whom few Christians wanted to hear from ) once wrote of the criminal/ playwright Jean Genet: “This is the author we never wanted to hear from…he does not analyze disturbance, he communicates it.” Lol…Sartre’s Nausea etc. did exactly that for many readers so you have an existentialist pot calling the existentialist kettle…well…existentialist. Mark Shea for me is contaminating for me like some Sartre and all Genet. But with him, it’s due to a man capable of nuance…avoiding nuance right on time in every paragraph so as to further a private amalgam ideology of liberalism/ Christianity….like you know who in a different way.

  9. And were not buying it any longer.

    Unfortunately, it seems we still are. It is far past time that Hollywood goes financially bankrupt to match their moral bankruptcy. Ironic, wouldn’t it be, if Baliwood replaces Hollywood and their actors? Wonder how they would feel about outsourcing, immigration and empowering the third world if that should happen?

  10. I read the Catholics4Trump piece, and I still can’t get past the footage. I’m no fan of Streep the actress or the partisan.

  11. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey.

    It shows Meryl.

    Actually, stupidity of this magnitude requires more than a public school education…a lot more!

  12. “I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey.”

    Streep was born, raised, and educated in the public schools of New Jersey? I never heard of anyone being born and raised in a public school, but stranger things have happened.

  13. The whole thing is very entertaining.

    Especially Meryl’s crocodile tears, and the bottom kissing from the actors in the audience. I bet you non of them voted at election time. As we say to kids that moan in Australia- sookie sook sook.

    Trumps retaliation was to Twitter that Meryl is the most over-rated actor in Hollywood. She, along with Julia Roberts were cited as his favourite not long ago. I do prefer Meryls movies, but I guess his choice now is Pretty Woman reruns. Yikes.

    Then there’s the confused facial expressions of Mel Gibson and the daggered look of Vince Vaughn trying to digest Meryls dribble. (Apologies for the Dailymail source).


    Oh and Meryl is now being accused of being anti-Semitic because she said Natalie Portman was from Jerusalem, and didn’t mention her home nation as she did everyone else…

    Pass the popcorn please.

  14. There were better things to watch Monday night. Clemson beat Alabama. Washington won in Montreal. BBC America ran reruns of Star Trek Voyager.
    Hollywood produces junk of lower quality than the Big Three did in the seventies, when they designed and built cars to fall apart after four years.

  15. I don’t watch too many modern movies, and although I’ve heard the name “Meryl Streep,” I really don’t know much about her at all. I’ve never seen any of her movies. So, I googled her and came across an entry that really caused me to get depressed.

    Oh, what the Church has lost. So many, many souls who could have been salvaged. The Wikipedia entry states she has four children, too.

    “Born as Mary Louise, Streep had a lot of school friends who were Catholic and she regularly attended Mass because she loved its rituals.”

  16. The Hollywood lefties sure do seem very much like a cult. Using award shows as a platform to show their discontent towards others, especially Donald Trump. Will we be seeing more of this in future award shows? Stay tuned.

  17. “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.”

    I’m surprised I haven’t heard anyone, including those in talk radio, ask the question as to whether Streep is pro-choice as many in Hollywood are. If so, is she in favor of abortion children who are differently-abled before birth ? Does she favor testing during pregnancy to detect potential abnormalities ? If so, apparently she wouldn’t make fun of those with developmental disabilities, but she and the rest of her showbiz sychophants would favor killing them as preborn infants who “lack the capacity to fight back.”

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