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Hollywood Begins to Look at a President Trump

January 11, 2017
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Meryl Streep speaking at the Golden Globes Awards

Meryl Streep speaking at the Golden Globes Awards.

Hollywood is where they make movies. Every year it spends a lot of time giving itself awards. This year is no different.

The Golden Globes Awards start the season. This year “La La Land” won the Best Picture award.

What was different about this time was the election of Donald Trump. Actors and entertainers are not big fans of his.

The Awards host was Jimmy Fallon. He stars in the “Tonight Show.” The usual way for the host to entertain is to make jokes. Fallon said the awards results were “tabulated by the firm of Ernst & Young [accountants] and Putin.”

He joked that, if “Game of Thrones” fans wanted to know how the sadistic petty-boy tyrant would have turned out if he lived.” He said,  “in 12 days we are going to find out.”

Hugh Laurie won an award for acting in the show “Night Manager.” He compared his role to the president-elect. He said, “I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”

It got serious when the actress Meryl Streep accepted an award for her work. She said Trump was a performer. “There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks into my heart.” She said it was that moment when “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter.” Viewers remember Trump flailing his arms to mock the reporter.

Trump responded by dismissing Streep as a “Hillary lover.” He said he was not surprised that he was under attack from “liberal movie people.”

Streep talked about her industry. She said Hollywood performers come from around the world. The point was that America should not turn its back on its culture. Diversity is part of who we are. There is an un-answered question about this election. Was this election a sign that we were no longer a nation of inclusion?

Entertainers are not politicians. When they enter into politics, people often dismiss them because they are so well off. Times are changing. Celebrity status can mean influence. Donald Trump himself became famous as the host of a TV show.

Source: The New York Times January 9, 2016

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