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.