In a post titled ” Sorry, Meryl but that
hypocritical anti-Trump rant was easily the
worst performance of your career (apart from
that time you gave a child rapist a standing
ovation)”, the former TV host and revered
journalist came for screen legend, Meryl Streep.
Read what he wrote after the cut…
Not you, too?
Just when I thought we’d exhausted the
reservoir of Trump-hating luvvies, up pops the
biggest star in Hollywood to join the bandwagon
and stick one more stiletto-heeled boot into the
President-elect ten days before his
Let me make one thing clear before I continue:
I love Meryl Streep.
She’s the greatest actress in history (and not,
as Trump disingenuously tweeted today, ‘one of
the most overrated in Hollywood’!). She’s also,
and I speak from personal experience, a
delightful woman – incredibly smart, warm,
funny and decent.
In fact, there’s no better role model for any
budding actor, or finer example of true feminist
power at its very best.
So when she speaks, the world listens.
Last night, Streep received a Lifetime
Achievement award at the Golden Globes, and
chose the moment to launch a very personal
attack on Donald Trump.
She began by saying that Hollywood, foreigners
and the press are ‘the most vilified segments of
American society right now’.
At which point the cameras panned out to
hundreds of the richest, most privileged people
in American society sitting in the audience in
their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses,
loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their
She then said that if all the ‘outsiders and
foreigners’ were kicked out of Hollywood, ‘you’ll
have nothing to watch but football and mixed
martial arts, which are not the arts.’
I haven’t heard such elitist snobbery since
Hillary Clinton branded Trump supporters ‘a
basket of deplorables’.
For your information, Ms Streep, tens of millions
of ordinary Americans love football and the
MMA and would be quite happy watching their
favourite sports at the expense of the next
Woody Allen film.
Her real target, though, was Trump. She’d come
to take him down, and that is exactly what she
proceeded to do.
‘There were many powerful performances this
year that did breathtaking, compassionate work,’
she said. ‘But there was one performance that
stunned me. It sank it hooks in my heart, not
because it was good – there’s nothing good
about it. But it was effective and it did its job.
It was that moment when the person asking to
sit in the most respected seat in our country
imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he
outranked in privilege and power and the
capacity to fight back.’
Meryl’s bottom lip began to tremble.
‘It kind of broke my heart when I saw it,’ she
cried, ‘and I still can’t get it out of my head.
This instinct to humiliate when it’s modelled by
someone in the public platform, by someone
powerful, filters down into everybody’s life
because it kind of gives permission for other
people to do the same thing.’
For starters, the incident to which she referred
didn’t happen last year, it happened in 2015.
There’s even been another Golden Globes in
between then and now, at which it was never
Second, Trump has always furiously denied –
and has again today on Twitter – he was
mocking the reporter’s disability and a
Conservative website produced video evidence
of numerous other instances where he made
the exact same gesture to fully able-bodied
people when attacking them.
(See here and
decide for yourself)
Third, the reporter is hardly a powerless
individual with ‘no capacity to fight back’; he’s a
long-time Pulitzer-prize winning investigative
journalist at the New York Times, a paper that’s
trashed Trump for decades.
But putting all that to one side for a moment –
and if Trump WAS mocking a man’s disability
then I agree it was disgraceful – let’s move to
what Streep said next: ‘Disrespect invites
disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the
powerful use their position to bully others, we
At this point, I laughed out loud with incredulity.
Not at the words themselves, which are
No, it was at the hypocrisy.
You’d be hard-pushed to find an industry that
encourages more disrespect and violence than
A place where rich powerful people make
billions of dollars by regularly pandering to the
lowest common denominators of sexism,
racism, homophobia and misogyny.
And happily exploit ever more hideous, graphic
violence to make a fast, easy buck.
And seethe from every tinsel-encrusted pore
with the very kind of nasty, power-based
bullying that Meryl Streep claims to be so
incensed by in Trump.
So great though her censorious words
indisputably are, they would be perhaps better
directed at her own back yard.
To highlight just one example of Streep’s
shocking hypocrisy, what about the 2003 Oscars
when she leaped to her feet and gave child
rapist Roman Polanski a standing ovation after
he was announced as winner of Best Director
for The Pianist?
She was joined by numerous superstars in the
room, many of whom were also seen on camera
last night applauding and cheering as Streep
attacked Trump’s supposed immorality.
Clearly, their collective high moral values are a
At the end of her speech, Streep launched a
passionate defense of the press. ‘They’ll need
us to safeguard the truth,’ she said.
Now, I’ve been a journalist for over 30 years. I
love my industry, warts and all, and I welcome
But when it comes to the truth, many parts of
America’s media were found severely wanting in
this election campaign.
Frankly, a lot of the coverage was a fact-
starved partisan disgrace as they fought to see
who could sink deeper into the tank for Hillary
The mainstream US media, having gleefully
fuelled Trump’s candidacy for months to suit
their own self-serving commercial interests,
then turned on him like spitting cobras when he
looked like he might actually win.
It’s also a fact that no president in modern
times has been so anti-press, or so intent on
attacking press freedom, as Barack Obama, one
of Streep’s heroes.
Under his administration, the US government
has set a new record for withholding Freedom
of Information Act requests. Obama’s also used
the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers
who leak to journalists more times than all
previous administrations COMBINED.
So yes, the stench of hypocrisy throughout
Streep’s speech was putridly pungent.
My overriding disappointment though is that she
missed a massive opportunity to do something
How much more effective would it have been
had the most powerful woman in Hollywood
called for unity not division, demanded a stop to
all the teeth-gnashing and wailing over the
election result, and urged Donald Trump in his
inauguration speech to preach tolerance,
fairness and equality?
That would have been a truly courageous and
admirable thing to do.
Instead, Meryl Streep poured another 100
gallons of oil onto an already inflamed toxic
She will get exactly what she wanted: today,
she’s the toast of Hollywood, the darling of
social media and a heroine to every Millennial in
I’ve seen people on my Twitter feed say they
actually wept with joy at her words.
But the reality is that she’s also enraged tens
of millions of Americans who voted for and like
Donald Trump, not to mention those who love
their football and MMA.
And she’s simply re-confirmed to them what
Mark Wahlberg said a few weeks ago when he
urged actors not to talk about politics:
‘A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re
pretty out of touch with the common person,
with the everyday guy out there providing for
Meryl, I still love you dearly, but you had a
chance to bring your country together last night
and you blew it.