As we just reported in our 2017 Golden Globes’ memorable moments, Meryl Streep took a stance in defense of freedom of the press during her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award’s acceptance speech.
As it turns out her appeal had immediate impact. She called on the foreign press and American public to support the Committee to Protect Journalists. In a surprising twist, the 36-year-old organization that doesn’t receive many donations, experienced a sudden avalanche of them. (More than $60,000 flowed in on the morning after Streep’s speech according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Advocacy Director, Courtney Radsch.)
The sudden surge in donations confirms that many people are concerned about the freedom of the press and safety of journalists once the President Elect takes office. Their donations validated Streep who expressed a concern that is obviously shared by many.
In response to Streep’s impassioned speech, the President Elect tweeted:
“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 Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”
The tweet was as demeaning to Meryl Streep as the mockery of disabled New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski was to the reporter. What happened to RESPECTFULLY disagreeing?….
The public responded to Streep by extending its support for freedom of the press. Notable celebrities (such as Viola Davis, Mia Farrow, Dan Rather and Maria Shriver) took the side of the actress. Our opinion of Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of our times, didn’t change.
“Officially” however: American media is dishonest. American artists are dishonest. (The donors to the Committee to Protect Journalists are likely dishonest, too.) Appointing a son-in-law (Jared Kushner) as a Senior Presidential Adviser is beyond reproach.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich