Meryl Streep finally landed the role of a lifetime: Meryl Streep. In the midst of an otherwise bland Golden Globes, Streep used her lifetime achievement award to launch the first official retaliatory strike in the culture wars that promise to dominate American discourse over the next four years. “There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was — there’s 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 and power and the capacity to fight back.” Streep started her speech by apologizing for losing her voice. I’d argue that she actually found her voice last night (and the voice of artists across the country). In addition to calling out Trump, she expressed the importance of supporting journalists in the coming years. Meryl Streep has made a career of acting like other people. After last night’s speech speech, it’s America’s turn to act like her.
+ Am I arguing that Hollywood is always right and middle America is always wrong? Hell no. From the LA Times, here’s a very interesting series on the places where the entertainment industry may have fallen short.