THE STREEP

January 16, 2017 – 1:49 am



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The Donald. The Trump. Whatever. Everything he does or says is pounced upon. He isn’t even president until the 20th of January. So here’s a dig at Streep. By Missy Comley Beattie.

I’ve been lulling myself to sleep lately with this Sufiism:

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask, ‘is it true?’
At the second, ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate, ask, ‘Is it kind?’

Think I’ll tinker with Sufi’s wisdom though, just this once. After all, I’m writing, not speaking. Can I slide my words only through the first two gates and slip around the third? Yes - to unleash unkindness towards Meryl Streep.

First, I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I was computing and Streep’s performance, while accepting her Lifetime Achievement award, was saturating cyber. Several sites contained links to her entire sermon. Essentially, the actor was voting again, slickly (without using names) recasting for Hillary Clinton as she took a swing at president-elect Donald Trump.

I’m reminded of Meryl Streep’s admiration for the neoliberal, union destroying, warmongering Margaret Thatcher whom she portrayed.

The actor said, “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Then she called on the press to “hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.” What breathtaking hypocrisy and blind eyes and deaf ears for eight years during Obama’s drone campaign, his bombing seven countries, the dead, the wounded, a refugee crisis, a regime-change foreign policy as well as domestic disorder, the ever-widening gap between the uber-filthy wealthy and the poor, police militarization, that Black parents have to have “the talk” with their children about interactions with police. No outrage about any of this, Streep?

Of course not.

I’m reminded of Streep’s admiration for the neoliberal, union destroying, warmongering Margaret Thatcher whom she portrayed. Interviewed about the Thatcher film, Streep said, “I was aware of her very early on and, even though her policies were not popular, to say the least, in my circles, people were kind of thrilled that a woman had become leader.” Whoa. “Thrilled that a woman had become leader”, regardless of the particular woman’s ruthlessness.

Insert: Soon a climate change denier who spends idle time entering brat-like, I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I(?) Tweets will take the oath of office, but then his rise to power makes sense - Trump as slouching beast. I truly don’t know what’s worse, someone who denies the science of global warming or someone who believes the science, expresses concern, does next to nothing to nurture our ecosystem, and bolsters the fossil fuel industry. Someone who says “ban Muslims from entering the country” or someone who blows up Muslim countries, someone who says he’ll build a border wall or someone who installs chain-length fencing and vehicle barriers.

Back to Streep whose solipsism deems her worthy of, well, the assignation of an alternate meaning to her name. The streep neologism. Like the santorum. Definition of the streep: a faux-feminist, a faux-liberal, a vagina voter, someone who’d knit/wear a pink pussyhat for an anti-Trump march and consider this revolutionary action.

Note: Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. She was an instructor of memoirs writing at Johns Hopkins’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Baltimore. Email her here. The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 12 Responses to “THE STREEP”

  2. So your whole point was “how dare you speak out against a corrupt bigot looking to destroy democracy, when you failed to speak out against a legitmate leader who was unable to magically make everything in his country perfect”? I don’t think “hypocrisy” means what you think it means.

    By Brett Alan on Jan 16, 2017

  3. Not to mention that Obama ended funding for poor DC kids who were attending some of the great private schools in DC (e.g., Catholic elementary schools). They were then forced back to the failing Public schools. Oh where did Meryl send her kids for education?? It is called blind one way justice for the Left. Nobody actually thinks anymore; they only ask what “we” believe in, then follow like doped up zombies.

    By Greg on Jan 16, 2017

  4. With ‘friends’ like this . . . . isn’t this precisely what she was driving at? Bullying tit for tat nonsense from the Hashtag Twitterati or Twats as we know them over here. How do you know what you claim Streep is guilty of here? Does ‘nothing to defend the ecosystem’? How do you know that? Have you done anything other than click tap tap tapping away at your desk? You are imagining things I think and as Brett Alan said I don’t think you know what ‘hypocrisy’ means.
    This is click bait keyboard warrior journalistic vitriol for no good purpose and serves the author ill. As for Meryl Streep it doesn’t even touch upon what she was trying to say. And it certainly doesn’t touch her as an individual as much as it betrays the sourness and venomous bile of the author. Speaks volumes to the person who penned this. Consider perhaps listening to or read her whole speech again would be my advice and see upon which side you stand.

    By swappers on Jan 16, 2017

  5. I don`t want to hear politics when I go to a concert and I don`t really give a shit what people who make millions of dollars for being someone else think.
    I like movies , but actors and actresses are basically prostitutes pimping themselves out as someone else for $$$ everyone loves the characters they portray but that`s all they are, just characters , they don`t represent the real person.You think you like Meryl or De niro or Brando or whoever but you don`t them at all you only know their characters and 9 times out of ten when you do hear them being themselves they are dinks.

    By sluggo on Jan 17, 2017

  6. yeh, too bad obama didnt end institutionalized racism,somehow reverse capitalism and go back in time and prevent W Bush from starting those wars…he couldnt even close Gitmo or legalize weed…im just gonna kick back n laugh as the Donald breaks every promise he made to his racist, sexist, hate-filled followers..

    By y lee on Jan 17, 2017

  7. I’m a US Citizen, not a big Trump fan, not a Hillary fan either. Nor am I a fan of anyone who preaches from a pulpit that is so out of touch with the average person. Rich Hollywood idols are so totally out of touch, just like most politicians, that they have no clue what people want or need. Streep is a total hypocrite. Actors are lucky to excel at a craft that provides for such a good life, but that’s where it ends. Hey, they have freedom of speech like anyone else, so I have no problem with them saying what’s on their minds, but as the listener, I hear the hypocracy. I give her words no creedence. THe only opinion that matters to me is that of the average citizen. All others need to shut the fuck up. Hopefully, Streep using her right to free speech, backfires on her career at some point. Every action deserves a reaction.

    By Beanzalo on Jan 17, 2017

  8. Beanzalo is absolutely correct. Nobody looks to “Hollywood” for their political opinion. That’s something they’ll never understand. Nobody cares what Streep has to say. They don’t even care what crappy movie she going to make next. She peaked with Deer Hunter. And that’s only because she found herself in the right place at the right time.

    By Bungo on Jan 17, 2017

  9. What a bunch of fucking idiots and hypocrites yourselves, and you are so blinded you can’t even see it in your own words. You all deserve to burn.
    And that’s not as far off as you think.

    By Adam on Jan 18, 2017

  10. Good work Missy! Obama = Nobama!

    By Dr. jorge Bush on Jan 18, 2017

  11. I don’t see what was hypocritical in what Meryl said. Sure she’s rich and famous, but she’s not ridiculing the disabled, bragging about sexual assault or taking to twitter anytime she feels threatened. And most importantly, she’s not the president elect of the United States.

    People in America (right or wrong) do indeed look to people in Hollywood—Ronald Regan, Donald Trump… It’s important for those who have a voice (like Meryl) to speak out against this IDIOT. That being said, we (the US) deserve him. For a country that claims to spread democracy our elections for the highest office (arguably world-wide) are the furthest away from democracy than any other in our country. Popular vote? sorry. Delegates, super delegates, electoral college… there are too many obstacles in the way of true democracy. We don’t require our candidates to disclose their cabinet picks before the election. We don’t require by law that the commander in chief divest from their private business interests no matter how far reaching. No need to release tax returns here. Perfectly legal.

    We, the US, completely deserve Donald Trump, but those who speak out against him don’t deserve to be lambasted.

    By Duff on Jan 19, 2017

  12. You seem to have ‘tinkered’ with Sufi’s wisdom twice there with your remarks about Margaret Thatcher. I’m assuming you aren’t English or old enough to remember the unionized destruction of 70’s Britain which led to the measures by Margaret Thatcher you blindly comment on. I do, they were fully justified. I also can’t remember Mrs. Thatcher ‘warmongering’ at any time as Prime Minister, I only remember her defending British people and lands attacked without provocation by others. Again, fully justified.

    By ABC123 on Jan 20, 2017

  13. Ken Livingstone had a different view of her
    “She created today’s housing crisis, she produced the banking crisis, she created the benefits crisis. It was her government that started putting people on incapacity benefits rather than register them as unemployed because the Britain she inherited was broadly at full employment.

    “She decided when she wrote off our manufacturing industry that she could live with two or three million unemployed and the legacy of that, the benefits bill that we are still struggling with today.

    “In actual fact, every real problem we face today is the legacy of the fact she was fundamentally wrong.”

    One of the few people I met in life who I seriously considered possessed of evil

    By swappers on Jan 21, 2017

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