Two different thoughts based in amusement came to mind as I read the negative reaction to Meryl Streep's speech at the Golden Globes last night:
- Let's just say, for the simple sake of argument, that Trump is somehow correct when he called her, "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood." I've been fond of saying that Derek Jeter is the most overrated baseball players in my lifetime. But, guess what. Derek Jeter, despite being overrated -- especially by Yankees fans who seem to think he was the greatest shortstop ever to grace the position -- is still an incredibly great, no doubt, future first-ballot Hall of Famer. Even if Trump is right, Streep is still the acting equivalent of a Derek Jeter. End of discussion.
- It's really cute to see all the conservative social media trolls work up a frothy dander and complain about celebrities like Streep using public platforms to state their views. Often, the admonishment includes some form of "no one cares what you think." I find this particularly humorous because clearly the speaker cares enough to get angry and to tell the entertainer to "shut up and do your job." It seems to me that the type of people who engage in such rhetoric repeat it every single time the likes of Streep, Springsteen, [insert favorite liberal entertainer/artist name here], etc. state their opinion. If one doesn't really care, the most emphatic response should be an eye roll, followed with a low utterance of "Whatever. Moving on."