I did not watch the Golden Globes last night, but I did catch the buzz on Twitter after-the-fact that Meryl Streep had done something incredibly beautiful and brave.
In fact, her acceptance speech (she won the Cecil B. DeMille Award) was so great that multiple progressive outlets told me I had to watch it.
The New York Times conveniently printed the speech in its entirety. Elle Magazine told me to read it twice.
The president of NARAL insisted I watch the speech every day for the next four years.
So I watched it.
Her speech, though I did not find it as inspiring as progressives did, was good. I'd be surprised if one of the most heavily-awarded actresses in Hollywood delivered a speech that wasn't good. It's what they get paid to do. I'm not going to counter Streep's points here, but Mollie Hemingway a wrote a great response.
But it certainly was not one thing - and that's brave. Yet one by one, the celebrity reviews came in, and all were astonished by Meryl's bravery.
There is nothing brave about a Hollywood actress condemning Donald Trump at an awards ceremony.
Quite to the contrary, in Hollywood, criticizing Republicans in public and on-camera is the currency of the realm. It earns you glowing headlines, curries raving praise from like-minded celebrities and journalists, and draws attention to your artistic accomplishments. Meryl Streep even spoke at the Democratic Convention! (How courageous was that?)
There is no downside or risk to actresses condemning the right or attacking Donald Trump. It's not brave. It's as if Meryl Streep won the lottery then was praised for her “bravery” after accepting her winnings.
Nor has Hollywood been lacking such commentary. If only someone in Hollywood would have the courage to stand up and say what they think!
That's not to dismiss the content of her speech. But when the progressive movement gets swept up in its own hubris and moral superiority (“watch this everyday” or “read it again”) and lets slip that their definition of bravery is Meryl Streep attacking Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, it adds just a bit more air to the massive bubble that the left is living in.
What if Meryl Streep had grabbed her award, looked the glitterati in the eye, and told them the hard truth that they've lost touch with much of the country? What if, instead of making jokes about how unpopular Hollywood is, she encouraged the audience to work harder to relate, inspire, and fight for average Americans?
Now that would have been brave. That would have shown some leadership. But it didn't happen.
Instead of working to pop the bubble, she inflated it further. Excellent performance, Meryl.