I decided to channel surf the other night, and encountered a school of sharks. Hollywood sharks, that is.
I happened upon the Golden Globes, where in the audience sat the most racist, pretentious sharks in America, and school was in session. One of the chancellors of The School of Hollywood Sharks, Meryl Streep spoke to the students. Streep lamented the tragedy that had befallen them and the rest of the country.
Lucky for us, the media didn’t skip class, thus CNN reported on the lesson:
As the audience of Hollywood stars and executives sat in silence, Streep said: “There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job.“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.”“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,” Streep said. “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public … by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same.”Streep added: “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Now we know; Trump bullies people. Chancellor Streep confirmed it, and 98 percent of climate scientists agree.
On September 20, 2015, actress Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama. Davis began her speech with a Harriet Tubman quote: “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” She used the bulk of her acceptance speech to call out the TV industry for its lack of diversity, stating, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”