Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Rant Conveniently Ignores the time SHE Humiliated the Disabled
Sometimes—especially after reading the news or looking at asocial media—I start to wonder if I’ve woken up in a dystopian sci-fi movie in which everyone has been replaced by narcissistic virtue-signaling pod-people. But then I look at all the normal people around me—the friends, neighbors, and fellow community members in our little town on the edge of farm country—and I realize that no, it’s mostly cosmopolitan and Hollywood types who have become platitude-spouting, virtue-signaling drones. The rest of us out here in flyover country are still pretty normal.
The cosmopolitan and Hollywood types certainly have an outsized view of themselves, and also, apparently, a complete inability to recognize their own raging hypocrisy. Enter Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes:
But as a study in hypocrisy, last night’s Golden Globes–particularly Meryl Streep’s condemnation of Donald Trump–must take the cake.
Summoning as much lachrymal indignation as her skills allowed, [ . . . ] [s]he would go on to say: “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….This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public…by someone powerful….When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
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But what of her deliberate, long-thought-out, well-financed mockery of the disabled as she profited from it–getting the two-fer of both critiquing a hero of our time and showing her in a light few would think appropriate if it were done about them or their loved ones. Does anyone remember Streep’s 2011 movie, The Iron Lady, portraying Margaret Thatcher in several throes of dementia, even as Lady Thatcher was still alive and suffering?
To put it no higher, anybody with an ailing family member in the grips of dementia knows how disrespectful it is to portray the suffering individual or family, especially without their will and permission (which is a near-impossibility in the first place). But, taking down Margaret Thatcher and her memory, as well as ours, was more important to Streep and the entertainment industry in 2011. As the physician Max Pemberton put it: “I have direct experience of the reality of dementia for the sufferer and their family.” He went on:
But from the opening scene, where a confused and befuddled Lady Thatcher wanders into a corner shop to buy a pint of milk, I began to feel uncomfortable. As I watched scene after scene showing this once all-powerful woman as old, bewildered and scared, my discomfort turned to rage.
The film is faultless in its depiction of dementia.
But to show someone in the throes of an illness while they are actually experiencing it and in terminal decline is chillingly insensitive. Can you imagine an unauthorised film being made about the life of a public figure who was dying of cancer, for example – Christopher Hitchens, say – before his death? Can you imagine watching scenes that his family opposed – showing him writhing in agony, weak and vulnerable? Of course not. There would be a furious outcry. It would rightly be considered a terrible violation of that person’s privacy, and in appalling poor taste.
And let’s not forget the time that Obama mocked the disabled. Where was she on that?
One standard for thee, another for me. People have had it with these stratospheric levels of hypocrisy.
No wonder Trump won so handily.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.