I watched the Golden Globe awards last night. I used to love watching the Oscars and other award shows as a child. Today i’m more likely to turn them off. That’s partially because I know fewer and fewer of the actors as time goes by. But a bigger reason I no longer watch is because of the unrelenting and ceaseless political comments. But then i’m a guy who thinks actors should stick to acting. it makes sense to me to say that if the country seems to be divided about politics, the wise position for a well-known actor is to be non-partisan, else you run the risk of alienating half of the people who like you. Why drive away half of your customers?
Last night, i watched one of my favorite actors, Meryl Streep, recognized for a lifetime achievement award. She deserves it. Streep is an incredible actor and I very much enjoy watching her work. I was very happy to see her talent recognized.
But last night, she chose to make comments about Donald Trump, whom she obviously does not like, and clearly does not support. I don’t know about you, but this causes me to roll my eyes and think about turning the TV off. Maybe it’s just me, but I want to hear actors of Streep’s preeminence talk about things related to their craft. About how they’re able to make me suspend my disbelief and enjoy a story. About how they are able to affect us and make us think. This is no different than me wanting Eric Clapton to talk about music, or wanting Joe Montana to talk about football. I want people who are better than me at something to talk about what it is that they do.
One of the items that Hollywood and the press have repeated over and over again, however, has been the accusation that Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter. Among most of the media and the darlings of Hollywood, this story has taken on the semblance of fact and talked about as though it was truth.
It isn’t. He didn’t do it.
If you want to read the real story about what happened, it’s all right here. If you’re not interested in the details and simply want to believe he mocked a challenged person, then stop reading. But if you want the truth, read it here, then come back. I have some more things to say:
So does Trump do and say stupid looking things? Yes. But does he mock and belittle people because of their physically challenged conditions? No, he does not, and no, he didn’t.
Here’s the deal: if you want to criticize Trump for what we call personal or character failures, there’s a legitimate list a mile long. Here, I’ll help: He seems not to have filters. He has SAID things that are truly demeaning to women. He appears to be the sort of person who feels the necessity of “striking back” when attacked on minor issues instead of turning the other cheek. He’s often insulting and boorish. I could go on.
But I would also say to Trump haters that he hasn’t yet taken the oath of office. A better time to consider his presidency might be after he’s had a year or so in office. There are legitimate issues for you to stand upon. Mocking a disabled reporter is not one of them. Much as I love Meryll Streep, she ought to stick to acting instead of repeating myths and untruths. To listen to her accusations about Trump is like listening to Trump’s accusations about actors. Neither of them know what they’re talking about and they ought to stay in their lanes.