It seems that Meryl Streep’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech is overshadowing the tribute to her fabulous work to date. Lest we forget, here’s that tribute once more.
Though she never uttered his name, it’s obvious to whom she was referring in her speech. I noticed the political activism (and potshots) during the show, but I must be more immune to it since it’s becoming status quo these days. While they are exercising their right to freedom of speech, it would seem best (and preferable to many viewers) to refrain from using an awards venue to make such speeches and jokes.
Republicans (and those who loathed Clinton more than they loathed Trump) failed to see the connection to the industry and only viewed Streep’s speech as simply a political statement because they are that passionate about defending Trump. But “Hollywood” (the screen acting industry) is made up of people born in this and other countries or born to parents who were born in other countries (a nod in the direction of Trump’s views on immigration). Great acting talent in America comes from around the world.
As for the reference to the bullying by way of insensitive imitation of reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, there are those who say that didn’t happen (including Trump himself … of course). Lies. It did happen. Meryl’s point was that this blatant display of insensitivity came from a person of authority – someone American youths are supposed to be looking up to. She summed it up with a plea for us all to show more empathy. It wasn’t a total bashing of the next President of the United States. It was an expression of grief and outrage over his lack of decorum and the example he’s setting for American citizens of all ages.
The magnitude of defense this man receives from his fans and supporters and the passion with which they defend him is what troubles me. It seems to show that they condone his behavior. I’m definitely not one to shelter kids from the harsh realities of society today, and I’m not 100% “politically correct” in everything I say and do. However, I believe that people in positions of authority and of high visibility should handle themselves with class and dignity, which includes showing respect where respect is due.
I say all of this not to defend the time and place of her passionate plea but to express that I respect her passion. I also respect her passion for the stage and screen industry and wish she would have focused a higher amount of time reflecting on her career to date and expressing her gratitude to those who helped her along the way.
I’m going to leave it there and walk away.