The benefit of everyone living in an open and free democracy is the right to say and believe in whatever you so choose. As for Hollywood stars Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson? They did not seem too thrilled at having to sit and listen to Meryl Streep's speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening. That is, if their faces are any giveaway.
The Hacksaw Ridge actor and director respectively sat side-by-side at their own table, as the actress stood on the stage to receive her lifetime achievement award in cinema. But instead of focusing on her own career achievements, she turned the attention indirectly to Trump's presidential campaign. All while hoping to push a message of anti-bigotry. Clearly Vaughn and Gibson did not get the memo.
— Andrew Autio (@AndrewAutio) January 9, 2017
Duo Find Unlikely Ally
Gibson and Vaughn would not have been the only two who would be wondering why an actress would use her platform in such a fashion. Hoping to escape from the 2016 political cycle and start a new. Yet they would have found an unlikely ally via The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who argued that Streep became tone-deaf by criticizing the NFL and MMA to make her point.
“It was really great except for this one tiny part, for me, where Meryl Streep, like her character in Florence Foster Jenkins, was tone-deaf," argued Noah. “I understand what Meryl Streep was trying to do, and I don’t know if I could’ve done better in that moment, but here’s the thing I feel like we could all learn as people: You don’t have to make your point by s***ing on someone else’s thing, because a lot of people love football and the arts.”
Excluding that one aspect, Noah was on board with the agenda Streep was driving.
“The truth is, if you focus on that part of the speech, you miss the larger point,” added the comedian. “It was a speech about respect.
It was a speech about empathy; and, most importantly, it was a speech about responsibility.”
George Clooney Backs Streep While Taking Shot At President-Elect
Streep's Fantastic Mr. Fox co-star George Clooney supported her friend's stance unreservedly, as he focused his attention of the predictable reaction of the incoming president.
“Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?” asked Clooney in response to Trump. “I didn’t vote for him, I don’t support him, I don’t think he’s the right choice. At this moment in our lives we have to hope that he doesn’t destroy everything. The reality is you have to hope he will do a decent job because if the United States fails, really terrible things happen, so you have to hope that he can.”
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017