“As my friend the dear, departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.'”
Those word of Meryl Streep, quoting Carrie Fisher, have echoed in the recesses of my mind since they were uttered last night at the Golden Globe Awards.
Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony last night and used her speech to lambast out Toddler-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” Streep said. “And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
She signaled out a moment from the campaign that has always epitomized Trump’s childish and sick sense of humor for me, the moment when he ridiculed a disabled reporter. Streep said that a “person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country” giving a “performance” as a disabled person is heartbreaking.
The Hollywood Foreign Press, the governing body behind the Golden Globes, epitomizes three separate entities that Trump is afraid of. They “belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” Streep said as she noted the diversity in the room, adding that “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners.”
Not surprisingly, Trump railed against Streep on Twitter, calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and a “Hillary flunky who lost big.” Trump insisted once again, against all the evidence to the contrary, that he “‘mocked’ a disabled reporter” and added that he “would never do that.”
I have a special relationship with Madam Streep, one whose lifeline connects to this blog directly.
I was 17 when I first saw a Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, a movie where Streep embodies that magnificent maven of French cooking, Julia Child. I was struck by the movie’s message of being a unique, creative entity and to blaze your own path.
The same night I saw that movie, I started my first blog, “Mastering the Art of Human Language.” Thankfully, it has been lost in the internet void, because I deduce that it was probably very amateurish. Yet, even as a nubile blogger, I felt a part of my soul become at ease the moment I clicked on the keyboard and started my sojourn into the world of blogging.
Since that moment, Meryl Streep has become like a fairy godmother to me. When I was vilified in high school, she was there in Mamma Mia to teach me that love is always around the corner, even when all seems hopeless. When I started to become philosophical, her performance in Doubt taught me to be firm in my ideals and always strive for the truth. Her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady taught me that a woman can do anything a man can do, and rival the best as well!
Meryl Streep is one of the strongest, most independent women in the world, and her words during her acceptance speech were an affirmation of a life well-lived, with a firm footing in ethics and morals. The reason Trump lashed out at her in such childish terms (besides the fact that he is a child) is because he knows he can’t fight her on her own terms. She has ascended to a level of maturity and poise that he will never possess, despite the fact that he is three years older than her!
Streep epitomizes everything Trump is afraid of: an intelligent woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. A woman in power is an affront to The Donald’s masculinity, which is why he resorts to hitting below the belt instead of speaking in adult terms.
In her speech, Streep lauded the efforts of the press, including bloggers, to keep on “going forward” and “to safeguard the truth.” “That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution,” she said.
Intelligent individuals like Streep, whether they’re a part of an imagined “elite” or not, are the buoys that will keep our civilization afloat. Her ideas, her affectionate and tender heart, and unswerving work ethic shine a spotlight on the deficits of our president-elect.
Thanks to Meryl Streep, and all of my pantheon of departed role models including Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, I have been able to take my broken heart and, indeed, make it into art.
Bon Appetit and May the Force be With You.
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