Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Know Your Enemy

"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks into my heart, not because it was good, it was - there's 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 and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled 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. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

Meryl Streep attacks president elect Donald Trump in her speech accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.

Unable to maintain a dignified silence on anything, Trump simply had to respond - and he did so in a characteristically childish and petty way, by laughably branding Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood". It remains hard to believe that this moron is about to become the single most powerful man on the planet.

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