What is it that makes a bunch of big league actors who have made it in Hollywood think they know anything about politics, foreign relations, hunger, or gun control, etc.? Why do they get to lecture the legislature on any issue simply because they had an acting role on a particular subject? It’s no wonder Clint Eastwood gave up acting in 2008 to pursue directing films instead. (Notably, the Golden Globes completely snubbed Eastwood’s American Sniper in 2014 and, of six Oscar nominations, it received only one for sound editing.)
Accepting her "lifetime achievement award," Ms. Streep spent most of her time attacking Donald Trump. Among other things she said, “. . . 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.” Boo-hoo. The table has turned. Worse still, Ms. Streep used the occasion to perpetuate the lie that Mr. Trump made fun of a disabled reporter. Mr. Trump, in fact, never met the man, nor was he aware that the man was disabled. Ms. Streep then went on to call for a “principled press to hold power to account, to call him [Trump] on the carpet for every outrage.” So where was this “principled press” and Ms. Streep when Obama came onto the scene? I don’t recall any vetting of Mr. Obama, do you? One can safely assume Ms. Streep will think the press is principled only if it believes as she and her Hollywood elite set do.
Ms. Streep wants you to believe that she and others in Hollywood are just little ol’ citizens from New Jersey, Ohio, and other points throughout the world. In her mind, they are all out there just digging out a living like the rest of us regular Americans. If that is the case, where is my stage and where the hell is my lifetime achievement award? No, in truth, they are hypocrites who embrace all that is liberal and socialist within the world and will not be happy until this nation has moved so far in that direction that it cannot return to what it once was. Those of Ms. Streep’s ilk do not run down to H&R Block with an envelope full of receipts to file their taxes. No, they have a fleet of tax attorneys who make sure they get every dime of tax relief they are due and maybe a little more. Ms. Streep probably has more in common with the billionaire from Omaha, Warren Buffett, who will stand before the American people and publicly say that he should be paying more taxes when privately he retains a fleet of attorneys to make sure that he does not.
We live in a time when technology rules our lives in so, so many ways: Smart phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, computers, computer-generated imagery. While all of that seems wonderful, today’s child has problems separating reality from fantasy in that they likely spend more time in the fantasy world than they do in the real one. Individuals such as Ms. Streep are an integral part of that fantasy world and can use their talents to mold and shape the thinking of young minds. So many movies and television programs of today are filled with subtle and not-so-subtle liberal messages on the “correct” way to think, feel, and act—it is all around us. The baby boomer generation can see that easily and ignore it, but our children cannot. You may be a fan of Meryl Streep as an actress, but do you want her molding and shaping the thoughts or your child? When did Hollywood become the arbiter of how we should be? Who are these people and why should we listen to them?
As Americans, we get to vote on almost everything in some fashion. In the case of Hollywood, we vote with our wallets—our dollars go to box office receipts, DVDs, cds, books, and other assorted media. It’s time we sent a clear message to Ms. Streep and those like her: you are an entertainer. You are paid to entertain us. You are not paid to lecture us on your view of the world. You are not paid to go to Capitol Hill with some recently garnered expertise from having played a role. If you persist in doing so, those middle Americans you so eloquently portray might decide to watch movies that more accurately depict who they are. Remember the phrase “Box Office Poison?”
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