Meryl Streep: some people are missing the point

Meryl Streep took the opportunity to make a passionate speech at the Golden Globes, whilst collecting her Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Currently her speech is being shared everywhere. And rightly so.

However, there are many articles naming her to be ‘lashing out‘, ‘slamming‘, ‘attacking Donald Trump‘ and Piers Morgan even said she was ‘pouring oil to the fire‘- I think these reports are missing the point.

People often pounce on the opportunity that people are doing wrong and causing a political stir whilst completely dismissing many beautiful points she made aside from mentioning Donald Trump’s cruel imitation of a disabled reporter.

I’ve analysed her speech to make sure everyone notices five key parts.

  1. What is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.
“I was born and raised and created in the public schools of New Jersey.”
“Viola [Davis] was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina.
“Sarah Paulson was raised by a single mom in Brooklyn.
“Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio.
“Amy Adams was born in Italy.
“Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem.”
“And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Ethiopia.
“Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian.
“And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania.”

Meryl Streep identified and recognised that nowhere is filled with the same people, the same race, upbringing, nationality or anything. Arguably the most prestigious and successful place in the world, Hollywood, is “crawling with outsiders and foreigners” and it’s actually bloody fantastic – this shouldn’t be forgotten. The world would be somewhat boring if everyone was exactly the same. And our Hollywood films would be dull and uniformed. It’s diversity that adds intrigue and it’s ignorance that creates hate and dismisses art.

2. “And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled 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.”

Streep highlights the importance to remember that just because someone has power and enough media attention, their actions are not justifiable nor should they be copied. It is a moment of clarity to recognise the danger of negative people in the limelight and the significance to keep morals close to our hearts not a false sense of permission to behave immorally too. Be kind.

3. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

This could be taken that we are losing because the powerful appear to be bullying – specifically referring to Trump– but this should be looked at from a different perspective. We too can be disrespectful and violent which will only initiate the same reaction. Not to be cheesy – in fact I would rather cheese than violence – Streep accentuates that love and kindness must conquer, which is a wonderful plan in my eyes.

4. 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.

Journalists can often be viewed as people that’ll do anything for a story, which is the case for same, but they are also the ones you get your news from, the people who can tell you what’s going on. Ultimately journalists do safeguard the truth and in awful situations can expose the wrong. We do need these people.

And the fifth most beautiful part of all to Meryl Streep’s speech:

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

Adele has known this secret for years, in times of sadness and sorrow, do something great.

Golden Globe Awards animated GIF



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