January 10, 2017

Meryl's Choice


“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”

― William Shakespeare, Othello

Three days ago nearly anybody in America who was asked, "What do you think of Meryl Streep?" would have responded with either some level of positive admiration or a shrug that said, 'She's okay but I really don't think much about her between movies, and not all that much even then.'

Three days ago Streep had reached peak reputation in her chosen field in America. She was honored by her profession and well thought of by the vast majority of her fellow citizens. Then in five minutes at one of the auto-erotic award shows so beloved by her profession she destroyed her reputation all by herself in a fit of pre-Trump hysteria which was more like a post-menopausal hot flash than a statement of any seriousness. Her eructation of wet blather was lauded by one sarcastic commenter as "Meryl Streep openly expressing a mainstream media-approved political opinion is literally the bravest thing a woman has ever done"

This was an unforced error of major proportions; one that will have a lasting and debilitating effect on what's left of Streep's "career."

In one evening Streep has alienated, for life, much more than half the country. Significantly more. Consider that before the speech Streep's political disease was effectively hidden from most of the nation. This is not to say it was not known and could not be known to anyone who took the time to dig her smarmy notions and Hillary donations out of her back pages, but only to say that to the vast majority of us it really didn't make any difference. Now that she has dragged the fetid corpse of her politics out into the light, it is not only those described by Streep as the racist - knuckle - draggin' - their - lives - away clods right out of the fascist left's book of worn-out cliches that loathe her, but many others who now have a negative impression of her for the first time in her career.

By opening her carefully trained mouth to preen before her peers Streep has poured gasoline over her reputation, flicked her Bic lips, and burnt her reputation to the ground. From this point on most people will have a lingering question mark when it comes to deciding whether or not to see any of her films.

Streep, in her thirst to pump out one more iteration of "I stuck in my thumb and pulled out a Trump plum and said, 'What a good girl am I' ," has 'filched from herself her good name.' Her name, such as it was, will never be the same. Streep's moved herself from the realm of yet another of America's cinema sweethearts into the realm of the America-hating, citizen-despising, over-privileged infected media crones who seek to normalize the perverted.

Since the election there has been a steady stream of America hate spewing out of Hollywood. There will be more as the Trump years roll relentlessly over the PC cultists of the left. The clever will step to the side and continue to enjoy a healthy box office. The politically demented will, like Streep, continue to spew out their hate to a steadily diminishing audience. The rest of us will simply flush Streep and her ilk out of out minds and cares.

Streep's precious "Lifetime Achievement Award" will always carry, like the bad stats in baseball, an asterix next to it.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 10, 2017 8:22 AM
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The far left, the communists/socialist took over the Democrat party years ago. I have often wondered why intelligent liberals and JFK Democrats stay. Are they blind, to robotized to change or are they in agreement with this neo-Democrat party that they now belong to. Not so much this angry 80 something white elitist liberal but all of them. Are they blind? The dozen or so key and critical issues they support will by design destroy America and have been a big factor in the ongoing decline of America. And yet they still push for them. Estimates of illegal immigrants in this country fron from 20 -30 million and the Democrats want to issue blanket amnesty to them. We did that once under the promise of building a wall and enforcing immigration laws but in fact the Democrats were the primary force that prevented both of those things. If we do it again all indicators point to a massive (as though this current influx wasn't massive) influx of illegal immigrants in anticipation of amnesty III. We cannot survive that. There are 3/4 of a billion people in Central and South America waiting to move here for free stuff. Another 1.25 billion people in Africa waiting to move here for free stuff. Inevitably with them they bring lawlessness, violence and disease. What is the tipping point where the number of immigrants can simply vote to open our borders? If you include all the useful idiot Democrats I would argue that we have reached it or are close once amnesty makes these 20-30 million illegals voters. Will someone who ignored our laws and came here illegally and who is unwilling to even learn our language vote as a good American or will their allegiance be with their native countries? The problem with tipping point is everything looks OK until suddenly it is not OK.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at January 10, 2017 9:53 AM

What Ms Streep just did would be akin to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, after a lifetime of benign though meaningful reign pulling down her drawers and taking a crap onstage in front of her adoring public.
Now we know that the Queen has impeccable manners(and taste), that such a spectacle would never happen on her watch.
Alas Ms Streep...not so much.
When Mr Trump tweeted that he felt Hollywood's royal highness was in fact over rated, he was indeed expressing an opinion, not unlike Ms Streep.
What was missed I'm sure was context.
I would have to agree with the Donald that in fact Ms Streep is over rated, if not before her
self serving rant, then most certainly after.

Queen Lizzy still reigns supreme, if for no other reason than she still knows how to keep her private opinions just that.

Posted by: Simon at January 10, 2017 9:56 AM

They don't want me to watch their networks, they don't want me to watch their news, they don't want me to watch their sportscasts and now, they don't want me to go to their movies. Got it. I know when I am not wanted.

Posted by: Leslie at January 10, 2017 10:27 AM

Thanks Ms. Streep!
My girlfriend loves the movies and gets seriously pissed off when I won't go with her because I'm avoiding a (pick one or more); actor, writer, director or studio. And today the circle is getting smaller.

Posted by: John The River at January 10, 2017 1:45 PM

As far as my own movie viewing habits are concerned, I don't think that local theater owners will notice any difference in that they very, very seldom see me anyway.

Posted by: pfsm at January 10, 2017 3:50 PM

She is in Sean Penn sleaze territory. I for one will never watch her in a movie again.

Posted by: foodog at January 10, 2017 3:59 PM

An excellent piece, Gerard. But my feeling has always been, "Who gives a flying f*** what Meryl Streep thinks about anything outside her 'craft'?" (By the way, the word is asterisk.)

Posted by: Ralph Kinney Bennett at January 10, 2017 6:58 PM

vis-a-vis Streep stepping into it, over on another site in the center-right blogosphere, some very sharp cookie posted, "Mister DeMille, I'm ready for my close up." See...


Absolutely worth watching the entire film, available on Netflix and a million other places.

Posted by: Hanoi Paris Hilton at January 10, 2017 9:33 PM

Looking around the internet, it seems that no one has questioned Streep's central premise: that Hollywood is the arts and that if we (the Deplorables, it seems) reject Tinseltown, we reject the arts.

The "arts" is in your own community, not the divisive (and it has divided us... oh, how it has split us apart) tripe that Hollywood spews forth relentlessly. It's your church choir, the high school band, community theater, the guy at the corner bar singing covers while he plays the guitar. In every town of 50,000 to 100,000, there is an Athens. Turn your back on the phoneys like Streep, embrace the Muses, make you own art, and let the entertainment business wither and die.

Posted by: el baboso at January 11, 2017 4:25 AM

Meryl Streep, and what she says, is only as important as you make it. No more, no less. Yes, she is considered famous, for her acting. No, she is not considered intellectually brilliant by many. In her own mind, she might have that illusion, as do some of her so-called peers.
But I see them only as well- trained specialists, and not particularly intelligent. They (actors) are cosmetically appealing, as they are selected for their looks, and also cultivate that vanity in their own minds. But that is it.
She was prompted to say what she said by some of her peers, and some of her other peers were not pleased by it.
To me, it is a big.... "so what?"

Posted by: David at January 11, 2017 4:46 AM

I've only heard excerpts of her speech. From what I can tell, Trump is planning to have everyone in Hollywood executed and then deport the bodies before they get cold.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at January 11, 2017 4:55 AM

Simply being good at what you do - actor, NFL player, singer, whatever - does not make one a polymath, nor make your opinion worth broadcasting to the world. Who cares what she says. Never having been a big fan of Streep to begin with, I will not miss never again seeing her in a movie.

Posted by: zenga at January 11, 2017 5:20 AM

There are those that say that she's not really all that great as an actress. I wouldn't know, as I've not cared to watch her movies. She elicits no interest to me from the screen, at all.

Talented? I'm sure she is. Like Rich Little with tits, gotta give her at least that much.

Important? Only in the same category as Jane Fonda. Ms. Fonda is very important to most living Veterans, as they're eagerly awaiting the chance to piss on her grave.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 11, 2017 6:50 AM

Went back thru her IMDB list and I've never seen a Streep flik. It appears she caters to movies that do not appeal to me, the touchy-feely kinda stuff. Looks like her drama filled professional life has taken over her real life.

I read her little talk and don't see what the big deal is. She heard some media lies, ran with it, and now looks like an idiot to 51% of the people.

49% still luv her to death.

You already knew she was an idiot, now she's proven it, right out in public. Let her burn. Alone.

FWIW, Streep's always seemed like a younger sister of my mother's that I never knew or saw.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 11, 2017 7:50 AM

This is just the next, much larger, iteration of her alar apples smugness of 20 or so years ago.

Posted by: Ann K at January 11, 2017 8:32 AM