A simple sentence Nicole Kidman uttered during a casual interview was more unifying than an entire speech Meryl Streep gave while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes.
I have always admired Meryl Streep as an actress. I cannot say the same about Meryl Streep the public speaker. When Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for a lifetime of notable work at the 2017 Golden Globes, she neglected to mention her work at all. Instead, she spent almost 6 and a half minutes virtue-signaling and instigating political division on a national stage (above).
The most disappointing thing about Streep’s speech was the delusory generalizations she made during it. While explaining that Hollywood is comprised of “outsiders and foreigners,” Streep retorted, “If we kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts — which are not the arts.”
Alleging that all immigrants are going to be kicked out of the country is an extremely exaggerated and dishonest generalization of Trump’s desire for stronger U.S. borders. It’s also wildly ignorant to assume that without “foreigners,” America would be reduced to only football and MMA as “art.” Both are, ironically, known to include tons of minority participants and a lot of MMA fighters do inherently consider the sport an art-form. Meryl Streep may have centered her speech around a plea for “empathy,” but her uninformed delivery received little praise from anyone that wasn’t liberal. It was even reflected in the ratings with 35 million people tuning into that evening’s football game versus only 20 million watching the Golden Globes themselves. The very audience Streep belittled likely didn’t witness her backhanded insults directed towards them. They were too busy watching Sunday night football.
Notable progressives and the left-leaning media showered Meryl Streep’s divisive speech with praise (above). She was deemed “courageous” and “brave” for speaking out against Trump. Who cares if she undermined an entire portion of the American public to do it? Apparently, only liberals watch the Golden Globes.
If Meryl Streep truly wanted to be effective, she should’ve taken the Nicole Kidman approach (above). The multi-award winning actress was recently interviewed about her upcoming film titled Lion. During the interview, Kidman was asked about her feelings concerning president-elect Donald Trump. Nicole Kidman kept it simple. “He’s now elected and we as a country need to support whosever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” she said. “However that happened, he’s there. Let’s go.”
Kidman provided an inclusive answer that didn’t ascribe to false narratives, while also encouraging Americans to progress. The left-leaning media naturally panned her for it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon, took to Twitter to air his grievances regarding the interview, posting a picture of Kidman from the interview next to a female puppet and the phrase “Puppets for Trump.”
Nicole Kidman never outwardly admitted to being a Trump supporter. She simply encouraged Americans to support America’s newly elected president, period. Regardless, Kidman received so much negative attention from the interview that she conducted a second one with Access Hollywood to further explain herself. “I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American constitution, and it was that simple,” she added. “I’m out of it now. That’s what I said and it’s that simple.” After talking about her new movie a little more, she concluded the interview.
I’m proud of Nicole Kidman for not faltering to the puritanical, totalitarian tactics of the left. Unlike Meryl Streep, Kidman exhibited true courage in her commitment to unity, patriotism and an unpopular opinion. She even doubled down on her beliefs in the face of adversity, which is exceptionally brave. Hollywood and progressives alike could stand to follow by Kidman’s example. We should not be living divided in United States.