Tuesday, January 10, 2017

That Meryl Streep Thing

I dunno man.
Trump is obviously a humiliating catastrophe for American democracy. That doesn't necessarily mean that we've got to be totally down with a bunch of sanctimonious, hyper-emotive anti-Trump warbling about him by actors and whatnot. I don't mean to fall into an ad hominem here. Good criticisms are good criticisms. But, then, bad ones are bad, too. What exactly was Streep's point, anyway? I found her smug unctuousness so off-putting that it was honestly kinda hard to concentrate. Was it that some actors come from other countries? Is that supposed to be relevant because...what? Trump is going to stop all immigration? God knows. There may have been a point there. But I guess I missed it.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

Trump attacked the disabled reporter who investigated the original claims about Muslims celebrating on 9/11. He said there was little to no evidence of it. Trump cited his work when Trump claimed 'thousands of Muslims danced on the roofs.' The reporter called him on it and Trump retaliated like an 8 year old.

Criticizing Strep for this seems... like missing the target.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Oh, right, that part.

Yeah, that Trump thing was bullshit.

Streep was extremely annoying--but I suppose that doesn't quite stack up to the other thing.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, I guess it's just stylistic prefences, I thought she was well spoken and sincere. But I get it. I think there's a problem with weepy hyperventilating that does no good for trump opponents, or for advocacy in general. She has every right to get emotional and make a political statement on a big national platform, but I get the stylistic point. Btw, I had to look up warbling. Good word.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, it's just me being cranky.

8:01 PM  

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