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The Golden Globes, Meryl Streep and the braying donkeys of Hollywood

Written By | Jan 9, 2017

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2017 — It was clear to those watching Sunday’s televised Golden Globes ceremony that many attendees were not acting when they expressed their deep sense of loss.

This wasn’t grief over losing the golden statue of Earth wrapped in a ribbon of movie celluloid, but over the woman who won the hearts of New York City and Los Angeles, but who lost the votes of folks living in the American Heartland, Hillary Clinton

Actress Meryl Streep, who received an honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award, used her acceptance speech to condemn “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country.” Her reference was to President-elect Donald J. Trump, who during the presidential campaign demeaned a New York Times reporter who happened to be handicapped.

This member of the Fourth Estate, insisted Streep, lacked the “privilege and power and capacity to fight back.”

Is she kidding?

Scarcely a mainstream journalist in America would allow even the most debilitating assault on their motor skills to stop them from typing daily screeds attacking Trump’s character and comments. Especially not one employed by the New York Times.

This might be a big reason that a Gallup survey released shortly before the first vote was cast last November said that 68 percent of Americans are as contemptuous of the press as is their soon-to-be president.

Streep said, the “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.”

This is certainly true. The disrespect, ridicule and contempt Hollywood heaps upon the traditional religious values and traditions of many Americans has certainly bred a kind of “permission for other people to do the same thing.”

Trump’s rise, therefore, could be considered a form of societal retribution.

It also explains why so many Christian evangelicals abandoned the soft-spoken, turn-the-other-cheek, sermonizing social conservative candidates for the fire-breathing, Old Testament Samson-like Trump.

“With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them,” says the Biblical Samson of the 1,000 Philistines he slew with the mandible of a jackass.

Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr star in Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah.”

And like the Samson of old, Trump used the prohibited, politically-incorrect lexicon banned by the intolerant, condescending entertainment-media complex as a weapon to smash the jackassery of their narrow ideology and that of their strength-sapping Delilah, the Philistine Hillary Clinton.

In the 1948 film “Samson and Delilah”, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the man whose name graces Meryl Streep’s honorary Golden Globe, the narrator says:

“Human dignity perished on the altar of idolatry. And tyranny arose, grinding the human spirit beneath the conqueror’s heel. But deep in man’s heart still burned the unquenchable will for freedom. When this divine spark flames in the soul of some mortal, whether priest or soldier, artist or patriot, lover or statesman, his deeds have changed the course of human events and his name survives the ages.”

That was produced by a much loftier Hollywood than today’s “alter of idolatry” that offends so many Americans with its army of braying,  self-important jackasses.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.