Rita Panahi: Meryl Streep inside toxic Hollywood cloud | Herald Sun

HOLLYWOOD’S moral compass has always been askew. That tends to happen when you mix enormous incomes, unchecked adulation and rampant drug abuse with a smug world view born of privilege.

The same folk who celebrate a child rapist like director Roman Polanski are sickened that the American people dared elect a candidate they don’t like.

Meryl Streep had no qualms about giving Polanski — who drugged and anally raped a 13-year-old and then fled to France to escape justice — a standing ovation when he won an Oscar for The Pianist in 2003, and has spoken of her sorrow for his plight.

Streep was preaching to the converted on Monday when she delivered an elegant but vacuous rant that was dripping in hypocrisy and hyperbole.

In decrying president-elect Donald Trump during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Streep indulged in disingenuous victim playing and baseless scaremongering.

From painting the film industry and the media as the “most vilified segments of American society” to insinuating that Trump intended to deport scores of foreigners regardless of their legal status.

After naming several foreign-born actors, all in the US legally, Streep said: “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.”

Meryl Streep accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Getty Images

Never mind how conceited that statement is but it’s also utterly untrue and unprincipled.

If Streep were genuinely concerned about foreigners facing deportation then she’d call out the man who has deported more foreigners than any other president in US history; Hollywood darling Barack Obama.

As the “Deporter in Chief”, Obama’s administration has deported more than 2.5 million people between 2009 and 2015. That astounding figure doesn’t include the numbers deported in Obama’s final year in office.

By the way, Meryl, you’ll find far more diversity in the MMA and football than on most Hollywood films.

But she wasn’t finished there; Streep then launched into an impassioned plea on behalf of the downtrodden, denouncing Trump’s bullyboy tactics in mocking a disabled reporter.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart,” she said.

“It … it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

Except the incident didn’t happen this year, it occurred on the campaign trail in 2015, and has since been debunked in the eyes of many as a storm in a teacup.

Meryl Streep with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Picture: AP

It would be deplorable if Trump knowingly mocked a disabled man for his disabilities but it appears that’s not what happened at all.

Indeed, Trump has a habit of flailing his arms around when mocking his opponents, who are, typically, able-bodied, and there is plenty of footage of him behaving in this uncouth manner.

It seems highly unlikely that he was aware of the journalist’s physical handicap when he mocked him during a speech.

Streep’s most poignant line of the night was the following:

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Sadly, it was also the most hypocritical. Hollywood’s rich and powerful are known to exclude and punish ideological opponents, ie, conservatives.

And if Streep really wants to speak out on behalf of the disabled and disempowered, then she could’ve mentioned the hate crime that came to light last week.

Four anti-Trump African-Americans kidnapped a disabled white man who was subjected to hideous cruelty over 24 hours. The torture and humiliation of this man was recorded and shared on Facebook. During the prolonged assault in a Chicago residence, the suspects are heard yelling, “F— Donald Trump! F— white people!”, as they kick and cut their victim and forced him to crawl on all fours and drink from the toilet.

Can you imagine the worldwide furore if four Trump supporters had kidnapped a special needs African-American man and tortured him on video while yelling anti-black, anti-Clinton slurs?

It would lead to protests, riots and saturation media coverage where Trump and Republicans would be blamed for creating an atmosphere of hate and violence.

President-elect Donald Trump. Picture: Getty Images

But the violence sparked by the hyperbolic nonsense aimed at Trump and his supporters is rarely examined by the Left-leaning media.

We were told that it would be Trump voters who wouldn’t accept an election loss and would resort to violence but it’s been Clinton’s supporters who have trashed cities and beaten innocent people in politically motivated assaults.

The celebrity and media classes who campaigned relentlessly against Trump appear incapable of accepting reality.

Of course Streep’s tone-deaf speech was applauded by like-minded celebrities and media who seem hellbent on maintaining an almighty post-election tantrum.

Their prolonged hissy fit shows only how entitled and out of touch they are with the mainstream, both Republican and Democrat, who have accepted the election result.

It must be hard not to be smug and petulant when you’re acclaimed as a rare genius for regurgitating someone else’s words.

The same Hollywood community that celebrates child rapists and wife bashers feels entitled to tell Americans how to think and who to vote for.

There’s an Argentinian expression, “vivir en una nube de pedo”. The literal translation is
“to live on a cloud made of farts” but it’s used to describe those who are out of touch with reality.

I can think of no finer description for the Hollywood elite.

rita.panahi@news.com.au

@ritapanahi

Source: Rita Panahi: Meryl Streep inside toxic Hollywood cloud | Herald Sun

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