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US Video: Meryl Streep’s Celebration of Diversity…and Donald Trump’s Reaction

US Video: Meryl Streep’s Celebration of Diversity…and Donald Trump’s Reaction
January 09
19:44 2017

On Sunday night at the Golden Globes Awards, Meryl Streep made a powerful speech celebrating diversity in America:

What is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.

I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola [Davis] was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?

And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in — no, in Ireland, I do believe. And she’s here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania.

She also referred to the mocking of a disabled journalist by “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country”:

This 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. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

President-elect Donald Trump reacted on Twitter early Monday morning. He did not respond to Streep’s exaltation of diversity but focused on the incident with New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in November 2015.

Trump said that Streep was a…

Trump’s comment on Kovaleski:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. Susan
    Susan January 09, 20:37

    DJT: the video evidence is out there. What a contrast: intelligence and elegance. vs. thuggish oafishness.

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  2. Sue
    Sue January 09, 23:26

    Let he who is without sin . . . The elderly Ms.Streep may have forgotten standing like a clapping monkey to honor rapist Polanski in 2003. Just another HUA twit who has an opinion on something. Don’t we all?

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    • Bill Anderson
      Bill Anderson January 10, 00:20

      Right Sue just another sore loser looking for an excuse to bash Trump.

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      • gunny
        gunny January 10, 15:23

        Looks like if everybody is a loser who isn`t bashing Trump.

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      • gunny
        gunny January 10, 15:47

        “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
        Meryl Streep’s said it short and simple what everybody has learned during the last year but it`s one side of the coin only.

        The clapper report (FBI) said last week:
        “We assess Putin has ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. . . .We also assess Putin and the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Hillary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”

        Fare more questions are open:

        How did Putin organize and implement this manipulative campaign? What funds were used, and from what source? Were any Americans involved in the effort? Did any Americans meet improperly with Russian operatives, in the United States or abroad? Does Russia believe it has any leverage over Trump, financial or otherwise? Are remnants of the Russian network still in place?


        Inevitably, as members of Congress are briefed this week on the classified version of the report, there will be leaks. That will provide more information to the public, which is good, but also more complaints about partisan leaking, which isn’t. Incomplete or tendentious news reports could simply muddy the water, rather than fostering clarity.

        Trump seems to think he can bury the investigation by treating it as a creation of his political enemies and what he likes to call the “dishonest media.”

        As always, Fascist Putin bloggers will stupidly asking for further evidence. That`s why the questions for more details of the interference of Russia into the the internal affairs of the United States will hunt Putin and his buddy Trump until the end of his Presidency.

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