#Overrated: Donald Trump fires back at Meryl Streep
PS: This article was supposed to be published (somewhere 🙅 ), anyways, life happens…
Shade? I don’t throw shade… I shed light — Anonymous
The world woke up on Monday, 9th of January in the new year of 2017 to see the President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, go on his usual “vent” on Twitter.
But he did not expect the global outrage that would follow his tweets — what did he do? He attacked Meryl Streep!
“The actress of her generation” and honestly the lady who can do no wrong in any of my books — Meryl “Amazing” Streep.
Why, you may ask and another question too is does Trump ever give it a rest?
The incoming president better get his 10 days of rest and preparation in order because inauguration is January 20 and many people would be at the edge of their seats for what Trump is going to say. PS: He should watch GQ’s surprisingly easy way to get him out of office
But we’re here to talk about, the wonderment called Meryl Streep.
On Sunday, with the stars dripping in jewellery, dressed to the nines, ready to dash their ever ready smiles to the camera, the Golden Globes shined its halo on Streep as she was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award — a lifetime achievement for her excellent body of work and contribution to Hollywood. However, her acceptance speech wasn’t about her, instead it focused on politics and the people.
She spoke about disrespect and violence hinting at the attitude of Donald Trump without naming him.
“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.”
With more over 150 awards to boot, an innate ability to switch accents from Australian to Polish, singing, dancing and acting, Streep is certainly in a class of her own. I have watched her in roles so versatile, from She-Devil, Kramer vs Kramer, Mamma Mia, Death becomes Her, Out of Africa, The Devil wears Prada, Into the Woods … (ok, her work is splendid, even my mother attests to that). I can’t help but wonder if she soaks herself in a bath full of her scripts per each movie role.
But unlike me who is spellbound by her acting talent, obvious warmth and brains (she has degrees from Harvard and Yale), Trump was displeased and the tweets tell the rest.
Here we go again — Trump is already living up to a legacy of being a “Twitter President”. For every intent and for all purposes, the newly elected leader has made social media his landing pad for responding to “losers”, “haters” and opponents alike.
It’s like saying the sky is not blue because it rained today and it beat you — boohoo, it’s now grey, no longer blue.
Quoting Streep, “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Her words drew applause from many other actors at the Globes ceremony, but also attacks online especially from allies of the president-elect.
Now, the “performance” the veteran actress was referring to was the allegations levelled against Trump for mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in 2015, which is not news from the incoming American President.
Credit: UberTopic [President-elect of the US mocking reporter with disability]
During his presidential campaign, he mocked another female reporter who was assaulted by his campaign manager and even the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton after concerns were raised when she collapsed from exhaustion.
Thing is though, in a THR interview in 2015, Trump has actually referred to Streep as “excellent; she’s a fine person, too.”
So what changed?
Trump has exhibited an ability to be nice when he has to be and then tweet when he is enraged and his lack of popularity with Hollywood since winning the elections has still remained low. Many celebrities have decided to boycott his inauguration, which prompted him to tweet, again.
As he steps into his own as “the most powerful man in the world”, Trump will need to prove his maturity beyond criticism and certainly act in the interests of his people, delivering on promises that he made to the electorate instead of encouraging an atmosphere of insults and political ambiguity.
And certainly, Trump should avoid taking shots at the legacy of the likes of Meryl Streep — the internet doesn’t forget and the fans do not forgive
Watch Meryl Streep’s full speech below: