In case you missed the momentous Golden Globes moment in which Hollywood queen #MerylStreep threw shade at #DonaldTrump who then took to Twitter to whine about it, allow me to briefly recap before moving on to the involvement of good-friend/good-human, George Clooney.
This Sunday saw Streep awarded with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, essentially a lifetime achievement award for her participation in the arts; however, her speech didn't cover much in terms of her career. Instead she used the spotlight to comment on America's new President-elect and one particularly divisive moment — "divisive" in that he denies it happened because post-truth society, y'all — that "sank its hooks in [her] heart." She was talking about the time Donald Trump reportedly jeered at a disabled reporter.
Watch Meryl's #GoldenGlobes speech below:
According to Trump however, Meryl's version of events is not how it went down; so he sent a few ill-constructed tweets illustrating his side of the story, calling Streep things like "overrated" and a "flunky" — which kind of proves her point about him being a "bully," but whatever. See:
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- Donald Trump Is 'Not Surprised' That 'Liberal Movie People' Like Meryl Streep Think He's A Bully Who Lacks Empathy
- To My Many Enemies: Mark Hamill Mocks Trump's New Year's Tweets In This Joker Voice Clip
Still with us? Good, now you're up to date. Enter #GeorgeClooney. While promoting his #Netflix documentary #WhiteHelmets, which provides a frontline look at the unarmed heroes who are first to aid victims in war-torn Syria, Clooney sarcastically snorted to People Magazine:
“I’ve always said that about Meryl. She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated."
Before turning to Trump to ask why he's bothering with Twitter feuds when he's meant to be fairly busy elsewhere:
“Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?”
Queue tweets about George Clooney being an overrated Hilary flunky too, anytime now...
Anyway, following a screening of White Helmets — trailer below — to a press panel, Clooney echoed Streep's commentary of employing #celebrity status to shed light on world events, stating:
“The only reason that people who are well known should be involved in these kinds of things is when no one knows about them. I remember getting involved in Darfur in 2005-ish and part of the reason was that it wasn’t being talked about. I can’t change policy, but I can make things louder. I can help them make it louder — they’re the filmmakers, the brave ones and the White Helmets are the heroes, so if I can help them out at all and people can know about it, in any way possible, then that’s a good use of celebrity, I think.”
Speaking of the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defense, the name given to the unarmed protection team) Clooney continued:
“The reality is that the vast majority of human beings are kind and want what’s best for their neighbors, for their children, for their families and also what’s best for their neighbors and people they don’t even know. That is the norm, that’s what’s ordinary and we forget that sometimes. What is extraordinary is these people who put on White Helmets and run towards violence while everyone else is running away from it. Where there is no other structure or society, they are there to protect. And they risk their lives to do it. First and foremost they are heroes.”
And Georgey boy, it takes a hero to know one! White Helmets is on Netflix now.
What was your reaction to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech?