Two Thumbs Up For American Actress Meryl Streep

She’s An “Over-Rated Actress” and “Hillary Flunky.” – so says the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

A Brief Commentary from Doug Draper

Posted this January 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The multiple Oscar-winning movie actress Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards this January 8th , where she received this year’s Cecil B. DeMille to dress down Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter last year during one of his rallies – and she did it without actually mentioning the Donald’s name.

Donald Trump, at a rally in South Carolina last year, making mocking movements of New York Times reporter Serve F. Vovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.

Donald Trump, at a rally in South Carolina last year, making mocking movements of New York Times reporter Serve F. Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.

I’ll admit that I am among those who has felt a bit of Meryl Street overload in recent years, given her almost constant presence on movie screens and receiving trophies at award shows. However, I think she deserves Five Stars for using most of her six minute acceptance speech at the Golden Globe ceremonies this January 8th to slam Trump for the ill-mannered, narcissistic lunatic that he is, even as he is now less than two weeks away from taking over the Oval Office and being a heartbeat away from the nuclear button.

So here, in case you missed this one or, like, can’t get enough of it, is an abbreviated text of Meryl Streep’s address, including all the comments she made about Trump and his toxic  behaviour –

“Thank you very much. …. Please sit down.. Thank you. ….

Trump continues his mocking gestures to cheers from his supporters

Trump continues his mocking gestures to cheers from his supporters

“So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say this, so.

An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that — breathtaking, passionate work.

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It, it sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. It was — there was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

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, power, and the capacity to fight back. It — it kind of broke my heart when I saw it. And I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

Go up with that thing.

This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why, that’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution.

So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists. Because we’re going to need them going forward. And they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing. Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, you know, we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me: “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my — as my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once: Take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you.”

Her words have been a topic of discussion all over the continent this January 9th, and here they are to hear and watch, with a click below –

Then, as if Donald Trump doesn’t have enough he should be doing to get ready to assume one of the most powerfull offices in a world rife with danger and potential catastrophe, he took time out in the middle of the night to tweet the following –

First this“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..”

Then this, with reference to Meryl Streep speaking in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last summer – “Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….”

Then, just for good measure, America’s next president called up the  New York Times, a newspaper he called, not all that long ago, over-rated and on the verge of going out of business, to say this –   “I was never mocking anyone. People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.”

To watch Trump mocking the reporter he said he did not mock, , click on

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3 responses to “Two Thumbs Up For American Actress Meryl Streep

  1. If Meryl Streep can yank his chain….and rightfully so….what will his response be if Kim Jong-un “disses” him? He must be the most INSECURE and UNSTABLE man in the US to be so easily provoked. Anyone else would ignore or laugh it off.

    Yeah, she’s a real loser alright – NINETEEN Oscar nominations and three wins, Golden Globes, BAFTA’s and numerous other international accolades. He couldn’t even win a crummy Emmy because “it was rigged”.

    I hope she doesn’t get threats from his crazy followers as others have had happen.

    GO GIRL!

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  2. I, too, can relate to the comment “I am among those who have felt a bit of Meryl Street overload in recent years, given her almost constant presence on movie screens and receiving trophies at award shows.” While I respect her body of work, I think it is hyperbolic to say she is the best actress that ever lived – no. What she said at the Golden Globes was absolutely on point – “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” As the mother of an actor, I am acutely aware of the challenges, insecurities and the “slings and arrows” they face at every audition. I know first hand how difficult it can be to hold firm to the passion and face the heartbreak with which actors deal constantly. I am also acutely aware of the power inherent in the ability of an actor to convey a message. Kudos to Meryl Streep to use that platform, that vehicle to remind everyone of the dangers faced by a world in which the person going to occupy the White House is so infantile, so narcissistic that he would “tweet” such a childish retort for all the world to see because she called it like it is. All I can say is Heaven help us and agree that “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”

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  3. Wake up America, and Canada too as we may not be far behind. Let me share, in slightly different form, a recent blog on my newest site:
    http://drgary4.wixsite.com/mysite-1. There I ask the question, “Is this the best of times or the worst of times in America?”

    That’s the question that comes to mind as I contemplate the upcoming inauguration of the newest president of the United States of America. On the one hand, current President Obama is calm, rational, articulate, and knowledgeable: aware of the international implications of what he says. On the other, President-elect, Donald Trump is an impulsive bully, irrational, inarticulate (even bumbling), and ignorant in his use of incorrect facts that he often includes in his Tweets.

    Outgoing-President Obama, in disagreeing with opponents rebuts with thoughtful arguments. He challenges the content of criticism of what he does and not the critic personally. Whereas, Trump employs schoolyard bullying tactics. He, apparently falling short in his knowledge of the real facts, attacks the critic. Often he seems to have totally lost sight of the remarks and is apparently unable, therefore, to formulate a reasoned response. So, he hurls insults.

    Consider his response to the remarks of Merle Streep during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Without saying his name, Streep slammed the actions and campaign remarks, not the person, of the man who will be U.S. President, number 45 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4100774/Meryl-Streep-slams-Donald-Trump-Golden-Globes-acceptance-speech.html).

    Trump’s response, using the power and opportunity presented by his new office, was to do what any schoolyard bully might do: attack Streep’s person. In one of his most recent Tweets, Trump, apparently ignorant of Streep’s remarkable talent, even though he doesn’t know her, called Ms. Streep the “‘most-overrated actress in Hollywood’” and “‘a Hillary flunky who lost big.’” What he lacked in substantive argument Trump compensated for by misusing the power of his new office.

    Donald Trump seems to prove the point he made during the election, “America has never been so low!”

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