I don’t like sports. I love movies. I haven’t seen a single football game this year, but saw three movies last week. This has nothing to do with whether football or movies are better, but simply what I enjoy. To each his own.
This kind of diversity in taste is something apparently not appreciated by the intolerant Meryl Streep.
When Streep denounced Donald Trump without mentioning his name at the Golden Globes Sunday, I was not surprised that a Hollywood liberal, surrounded by other Hollywood liberals, gave a liberal speech. I would have been surprised if one of them didn’t. That’s what they do.
Liberals gonna liberal.
Yet one line in Streep’s speech went beyond demeaning those who don’t share her politics. “Who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places,” Streep, targeting Trump, said.
But then she got really nasty.
“So, Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, we’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
“Which are not the arts.”
So all you cretinous NFL and UFC fans — can you imagine living in a world where you weren’t enriched by Meryl Streep and her friends, having to subsist on sports alone?
Because Streep was not taking aim at just Trump with that line, but the majority of Americans.
Most people I know — friends, family — don’t go to the movies with the frequency that I do. Many don’t go at all. Some might watch movies at home. When they do watch, there’s a better chance most want to see something with Captain America or Harry Potter in it than Meryl Streep.
I saw almost every film nominated for the Golden Globes, but it’s safe to say most Americans probably did not. Jeff Bridges’ Golden Globe-nominated Hell or High Water was my favorite movie of 2016. When I have brought it up to most people — including inside the political echo chamber here in Washington, D.C., another bunch of people who also think they’re very important — most don’t even know what I’m talking about.
But many do know who might make this year’s Super Bowl. Many are aware Ronda Rousey got her butt kicked two weeks ago at UFC 207.
Streep is right that sports are not technically art. But her statement implies that she places far more importance on what she does than what other Americans enjoy.
That’s pompous as hell.
A primary reason people go to the movies is to get away from the pressures in their lives. They want to be entertained, inspired, laugh or be moved in some way that makes them feel something. They want to escape.
It’s the same reason someone might root for his or her team. It gives them something to hold onto, a distraction, perhaps a sense of purpose, or even identity.
Sort of like being a Hollywood liberal.
Not to mention, the athletes talented enough to make it to the National Football League or Ultimate Fighting have usually spent years honing their craft in the same way an actor might. They are not the same thing, but they both do require skills that are not easy to achieve.
It’s one thing for a liberal movie star to bash an incoming Republican president, however trite these kinds of leftist celebrity speeches have become at this point. It’s quite another to demean, even indirectly, the majority of Americans for what they like, that in the end are leisure activities that aren’t so different from why most people like movies.
Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of all time — but she’s not as important as she thinks she is, and certainly no better than the rest of us.