Golden Globe Awards Jan 8-2017 – With emotion clearly audible in her trembling voice, Meryl Streep rose above the crowd, not only for her honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award, but more importantly, for her calling out of the DSA (Divided States of America) President Elect Donald Trump shameful ridiculing of a disabled reporter while on the campaign trail in 2016.
Her speech was the defining moment of the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the American awards program overseen by the 93 member Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Recognized are excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.
Loud Clear Message – Apologizing for her voice, raw from “screaming and lamentation” after participating in the Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher memorial services, she joked about the room being filled with “the most vilified segments in American society right now: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.” And then, she elevated the Golden Globes from showbiz to history:
“What is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.” She then astonished the audience by highlighting eight other Golden Globe nominees, describing their diverse backgrounds, From Viola Davis, born in rural South Carolina and raised in Rhode Island, to Dev Patel, born in Kenya, raised in London, and nominated for “playing an Indian raised in Tasmania” in Lion. “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep announced, to thunderous applause.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart,” Streep said. “Not because it was good. There was 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, power, and the capacity to fight back.”
Streep was referring to that infamous moment on Donald Trump’s campaign trail . Always a class act, and making yet another point by not using it, Streep did not refer cite the president-elect by name. She used the moment for a rallying call, appealing to the press, in particular the “famously well-heeled” Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Globes — to “hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”
From the DSA back to the USA – Bravo Meryl, and may this be the beginning of a positive movement for the now “DSA”… the Divided States of America, a movement to once again become the United States of America. It could take four years.
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Gisele Guenard, Principal – VisionarEase & associates
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