Meryl Streep, at the Golden Globes, on the most shocking performance she’d seen all year:
“Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola [Davis] was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.
Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So 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.
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, compassionate work.
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; 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 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 kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.
O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the 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 gonna 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 gonna 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 proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.
As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’”
Brava, Dame Streep, brava.
Resist. Demand the press resist the urge to goosestep along with _____. Resist.
Kellyanne Conway, lying—because that’s what she’s paid to do—about _____ mocking as disabled American:
“That is not what he did. Why don’t you believe him? Why isn’t it taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You want to go with what’s come out of his mouth rather than what’s in his heart.”
Um, yeah, Kellyanne, you delusional fuckmonkey, we’re gonna go with the garbage that oozes from his pie-hole because no one—not even you—can prove _____ has a heart.
Kellyanne first wondered while Meryl Streep didn’t talk about those asshats in Chicago who tortured a disabled young man but howsabout this Kellyanne ... maybe those asshats got tyhe idea to torture that boy because they saw a man who became president do it once.
It simply proves what Streep was saying.
Oh, and you’re a delusional fuckmonkey who sold your soul to the Devil and when you come out of this, if you come out of this, don’t ask for forgiveness, there won’t be any.
Hillary Clinton, thanking her supporters in an end-of-year email:
“Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign. While we didn’t achieve the outcome we sought, I’m proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them. I believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger, and fairer future for our country and the world. The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination.”
Sad that she didn’t win; we’d have four more years of Obama –style eloquence and not four years of a petulant little brat who mocks people and calls people who disagree with him names.
Bruce Springsteen, not holding out much hope under a President _____:
“I understand how he got elected. I think if you were affected deeply by the industrialization, globalization, and the technological advances, and you have been left behind, and somebody comes along and tells you, ‘I’m gonna bring all the jobs back. Don’t worry about it. They’re all coming back.' You’re concerned about America changing, the browning of America, ‘I’m gonna build a wall.’ You’re worried about ISIS, ‘I’ve got a secret plan to defeat ISIS. Don’t worry about it.’”
And then those people voted for him and he quickly changed his tune on nearly every promise he made.
Janelle Monae, star of Hidden Figures, on the homophobic, hate-filled remarks by gospel singer, Kim Burrell, who sings on the film’s soundtrack:
“I’m pro-love. I’ve been very supportive of love. At the end of the day, I think that no matter where you come from and who you love, you deserve to have a right to the American dream and to also have your story told. And so I’m so thankful to be part of this true American story. I’m thankful to be part of a cast and a director who is pro-inclusion. I just think anybody who is representing hate is a part of the problem, and I hope that we can learn from each other and be more empathetic of one another. And I hope that we can all remember, at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color.”