The Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday — where decked-out celebrities congratulate each other with awards — took a time out from the decadent fanfare and thank yous to other industry sycophants, to bash President-Elect Donald Trump.
“All of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” said Meryl Streep, who was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Globe’s lifetime achievement award, in her acceptance speech. “Think about it. Hollywood, foreigners, and the press. … 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.”
She soberly continued — mentioning nothing of her career: “There was performance this year that stunned me. … it was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. … 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 … because we’re going to need them moving forward and they’re going to need us to safeguard the truth,” Ms. Streep concluded.
Nothing like a rich, liberal, elite casting herself as a demonized outsider — in a room with other rich, liberal, elites. How courageous.
Did Hollywood really not get the point of this election? It looks as though, no.
Jimmy Fallon, who took over hosting duties from Ricky Gervais — mainly because Mr. Gervais turned off the celebrity 1 percenters with his merciless skewing of them in his monologue — was thought to bring some light, goofiness to the ceremony.
Instead, he commented at the start of the evening that the Golden Globes were”one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.”
But as Fox News reports, that’s not necessarily true — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the Globes, is a group of 85 members, which has its own methods of selecting winners. Mr. Fallon then compared Mr. Trump to the much despised “Game of Thrones” King Joffrey.
For those who missed the Globes, another celebrity bashing round of Mr. Trump will surely take place at the Academy Awards.
With all of their public service announcements, pleading and preaching, celebrities have yet to grasp one thing — that their political influence and opinion means nothing to the general public.
This election has proven, actors and actresses may be able to sell cars, beer, make-up and perfume, but they can’t sell their ideology.
We may aspire to look like them or play like them, but we know they don’t really live among us or face our same realities.