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COMMENTARY: Memo to Hollywood Liberals—Cut!


Just when I thought we might enjoy a respite from Hollywood leftist propaganda, in comes her royal highness Meryl Streep and the Golden Globes speech.

Many years ago, Spencer Tracy, a genuine actor’s actor, was asked for advice by an aspiring thespian. “Don’t let them catch you doing it,” Tracy said. Good acting is what happens when you can’t tell that the performer is doing it. When I watch Streep, it is obvious that she is doing it. I can’t get involved with the characters she portrays because preening Streep is in the way. The Golden Globes speech proves my point. It’s all done by the numbers: the quivering of the lips, the shaky voice, the tightening of the eyes, the gradual reduction to tears. The word I would use to describe Streep’s work is cloying (look it up). But what makes it really aggravating is how she uses her saccharine acceptance speech to push an agenda that is alienated from the country that just elected Donald Trump.

Streep’s speech does not come as a surprise. She is a caricature of the classic Hollywood lefty. Celebrating the “diversity” represented by her Hollywood colleagues, Streep insinuates that fascist President Trump would kick them all back to wherever they came from. An inexcusably arrogant statement, but her Hollywood buddies obviously are eating it up. Streep then delivers a holier-than-thou denunciation of Trump’s alleged mimicking of a disabled reporter—a liberal accusation that the Trump camp has shown to be completely false. Finally Streep reveals the true extent of her ignorance by lecturing the audience about the function of the media. “We need the principled press to hold power to account,” she said, “to call him [Trump] on the carpet for every outrage.” We need the press to “safeguard the truth.”

Our media is many things—but “principled” is not one of them. Nor are they known for safeguarding the truth. The falsehoods about Trump that have been parroted by show business liberals originated with the corrupt media. Streep and her artsy-fartsy Hollywood gang don’t seem to get it.

What I find most baffling about the elitist Hollywood crowd is how they are so quick to attack Donald Trump yet find no problem whatsoever with Hillary Clinton’s massive deficiencies—her blatant disregard for national security, her disgraceful mishandling of the Benghazi affair, her putting the government up for sale through the pay-for-play Clinton Foundation. Fortunately, no one pays attention to Hollywood any more. All their obnoxious politicking couldn’t get Clinton elected.

Game show host Chuck Woolery spilled the beans about Streep and the other Hollywood liberals this week on Fox & Friends TV show. “The Cultural Marxists of Hollywood follow each other,” he said, “because they are afraid to do anything else.” It is foolish, Woolery suggested, to take advice from people who “pretend to be other people for a living.” His conclusion is that, “You couldn’t find a group of people outside of an insane asylum who just are more out of touch with reality than actors.”

Thanks Chuck, couldn’t have said it better myself. When I want political advice, I am not going to call Meryl Streep. In fact, I’m going to pretend that the Hollywood elite are just characters in a B-movie. Eventually they will all simply fade away. It can’t be quick enough to suit me.

Copyright © 2017 Ed Brodow. All rights reserved.

Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

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