Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Brief Overview Of The Dumb Stuff Meryl Streep Said

Ah Meryl Streep. We all desperately needed to hear you declare yourself and your buddies in Hollywood the high priests of Truth for all America. Here is a brief list of the dumb stuff she said in her Golden Globe award speech.

1. 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.

Right. She is unimaginably wealthy and powerful and influential, lives in the nicest places and eats the finest food and wears the most fashionable clothing. She is getting some meaningless award at a meaningless award show where people just like her fawn over how awesome they are and pontificate on political issues they are clueless about and millions of people breathlessly watch them do it, talk endlessly about they wore and react to their every word as if these "stars" gave a single moments thought to any of us. Yes, you poor thing Meryl, you are so terribly vilified. What most people wouldn't give to be persecuted like you. Of course she clearly hasn't thought for so much as a second about "why" so many Americans "vilify" the press and entertainment industry because after all we are just the peasants who should keep our mouths shut, vote for who celebrities tell them to vote for and pay exorbitant amounts of money to watch these people pretend to be other people.

2. But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway?.. America
>...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.

This warrants a two part response.

a) Ah, here we have the common deceit that sees every person who is from another country being the same as every other person from another country, often exhibited by dumb statements like "America is a nation of immigrants", which is true but has nothing to do with people sneaking into this country in violation of our laws and working here in violation of our laws, something they know they are doing against our laws and they do anyway. As near as I can tell, for all of his generally dumb statements, I am pretty sure that Trump has yet to threaten to "kick out" people who are in this country legally. I assume that even though she is a celebrity, Streep knows the difference and is intentionally obfuscating here to advance a political agenda. On the other hand she might just be that dumb.

b) The arrogance of someone who works in an industry that puts out trash week after week and yet calls it art sneering at the clearly implied savagery and un-artistic sports of football and MMA (which not coincidentally are male dominated sports) is breathtaking. I don't watch football much anymore and never was interested in MMA but let's look at some of the top grossing movies put out by these "artists" in 2016 (and ignore such intellectual and artistic gems as 'Office Christmas Party')

1. Finding Dory: A money grabbing sequel of an animated film about a fish that gets lost.
2. Rogue One: Another sequel/prequel/sequel/I can't keep it straight. It was supposed to be decent but it still is mostly another money machine piggybacking off of a movie franchise started when I was a little kid.
3. Captain America: Civil War: See above about sequels squeezing money out of franchises, this one based on a comic book.
4. The Secret Life of Pets: Another animated movie, i.e. Sunday morning cartoons on steroids.
5. The Jungle Book: Hey, another remake of a children's book! Starting to see a pattern here?
6. Deadpool: Another comic book based movie although this one scores points for being super funny and a break from other comic book movies by being rated R but at the end of the day it is mostly a couple of hours of vulgar jokes, extreme violence, endless swearing and some random sex scenes. Entertaining as all get out but "art"? Please.

Rounding out the top 10: Zootopia, yet another animated kids film. Batman vs Superman which was so awful I couldn't get through more than half of it. Suicide Squad, yet another comic book movie and it was likewise awful and one of those movies that would have been better off if it had just played the trailers on a loop for two hours. Doctor Strange, another comic book movie. I haven't seen it but it was supposed to be decent.

You get the point. The "arts" apparently means sequels, squeezing money out of movie franchises and making endless animated films and comic book based movies. What would we do without "the arts" indeed? I mean wow, how can you compare Mixed Martial Arts which features stylized violence with artistic films like Deadpool and Suicide Squad which in contrast feature stylized violence?

As I have said a million times, one used to be recognized as an artist because one created art, now something is considered art because someone declares themselves an artist. What a pompous boob Ms. Streep is.

3. Speaking of Trump while not using his name she said "Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back."

As others have pointed out, this is the same Meryl Streep who applauded Roman Polanski, a man at that time in his 40's who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl (and had a sexual relationship around the same time with then teen-aged Natassja Kinski, and it is probably a safe bet he used his power as a director to molest any number of other teens). Also no mention of a disabled white kid tortured and abused by blacks in Chicago. I guess her concern over the powerful and the powerless are restricted by political expediency.

4. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.

Ah, she must be talking about lawyers suing and trying to ruin mom and pop bakeries and florists for taking a principled stand. Wait, she wasn't? Maybe she was talking about Obama threatening school districts by taking away Federal funds that come from these school districts via taxes in the first place if they don't allow boys to use girls locker rooms and bathrooms? Not that either? Well then I am not sure what she is talking about.

5. O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.

Once I stop laughing about the "principled press" part I will continue....OK, I am better now. Notice that she specifically calls on the "press" to call "him" on the carpet for every outrage. Did she call on the press to do this before Obama took office? Would she have called on the press to hold "her" accountable if Hillary had won? What about various liberal politicians? Nope. To Meryl the press is principled when it is openly partisan and hostile toward soon to be President Trump because that is what the press is for, to act as an attack dog with what little trust and prestige they have left. Which brings us to....

6. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution.

It is truly amazing to see the Left suddenly falling in love with limited government, checks and balances and the Constitution itself. She even seemed to praise our founders, a uniformly white male group that normally would be reviled. Of course to Ms. Streep and others on the Left, the Constitution consists of the freedom of press and speech and then skips ahead to the right of women and blacks to vote. You never see them praising the freedom of religious expression, except maybe for Muslims, or the freedom of association and certainly not the right to keep and bear arms.

Then the most arrogant statement yet, which is quite an achievement after a litany of pompous rhetoric.

7. 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’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

Yes, when anyone thinks about safeguarding the truth, the first place they think of is Hollywood where people make a living by pretending to be someone else, where movies take "artistic license" to revise historical events to make them more interesting and politically correct and where the truth is more narrowly defined and partisan than you would find among the most staunch fundamentalist, KJV-Only Baptist churches. The hubris of these people is amazing. She and her ilk really think that they have a corner on knowing what truth is and that the "American people", i.e. people in L.A. and New York, want and depend on them to guard it. No, what we want from Hollywood are entertaining movies. That is it. That is all we want. We don't want political nonsense from football players and we don't want it from actors and actresses. You are in the entertainment business so maybe try entertaining people instead of lecturing them. We got enough of that from the soon to be former President over the last 8 years.

You might wonder why I spent the time to peck this rant out on my keyboard if I don't care what Meryl Streep or anyone else in Hollywood thinks. First because it was just a really unintentionally funny speech, so full of misplaced pride, that it amuses me to point it out. Second because far too many people think celebrities somehow know more than the rest of us about topics like politics or economics or faith. People cheer on celebrities (and sports figures and politicians) as if those people care about the little people in this country at all, which by and large they don't. People get all weepy when a famous actor or singer dies as if they lost someone close to them and many people give them an automatic pass into Heaven because they made a movie or sang a song they liked but those same famous people don't care if you die apart from losing a potential ticket buyer. They just don't care. They don't want to be near you, that is why they live in rich, liberal enclaves. They don't care about your opinion or your struggles. They just like to play make-believe for a living and for you to pay them to do it so they can be rich enough to afford to live nowhere near you.

I am heartened to see that a lot of people, even a lot I wouldn't have expected, called Streep out for her nonsense but there are still a lot of people who think she was right on the money and even called her courageous for saying something everyone expected her to say and that no one would argue with. That isn't courageous or bold or edgy. It is preaching to the choir, it is shouting to an echo chamber, it is being exactly what they accuse us of, living in a bubble.

Who could have guessed that the most amusing performance by an actor in 2017 would come from someone who thought she was being serious and noble and thoughtful at an awards show?
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