Don’t applaud Meryl Streep.
As you have probably heard, actress Meryl Streep was honored at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday, January 8th for a lifetime of stellar work. Rather than expressing deep appreciation for the recognition, Ms. Streep seized the spotlight to chastise President-elect Donald Trump for nearly six minutes. She shouldn’t have.
Regardless of whether you support Meryl Streep’s sentiments, an awards presentation was not the forum for her to air personal political critique; assuming the world needed to hear - or even cared - to hear Streep’s political opinion was self-indulgent and grandiose. There’s a time and place for everything, and an awards show is not a political forum. Apparently, it did not occur to Ms. Streep that for every Trump-detractor she charmed last night, she offended a Trump supporter. Such ignorance is hypocritical.
In reference to Trump’s November, 2015 alleged belittling of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, Ms. Streep accused Trump of bullying and said, “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public...by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same.” Could not Streep’s comments be construed as bullying President-elect Trump? Couldn’t her statements in such a public forum grant permission to others to be equally critical of Donald Trump? And surely Streep knew publicly opposing the twitter king would stir his retaliation. Was Streep’s stirring the pot, then, an attempt at personal relevance?
Whether or not Americans should be publicly critical of future President Donald Trump is not the point. Streep and fellow Trump disparagers have every right to their opinion; Trump has certainly given the world much to be critical of. But Streep’s very public persona does not lend significant credence to her thoughts; the spotlight does not grant celebrities wisdom. Their political positions are no more informed or important than the average person, and it’s time these Hollywood big-heads got over themselves. In the great scheme of things, does it really matter what Hollywood personalities like Meryl Streep think about Trump or Hillary Clinton?
Bottom line: Streep can think whatever she likes about Donald Trump, but standing before the world, accepting an award for good work and pontificating ad nauseum was inappropriate and tacky. I applaud Meryl Streep as a performer, but at the 2017 Golden Globes, her personal behavior was lacking.