Bozell & Graham Column: A Speech to Denounce Meryl Streep

February 25th, 2017 8:15 AM

Actress Meryl Streep isn’t just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She’s now taking this awards speech to far-left events, accepting an “Ally Award” from the LGBT political-correctness police at the so-called Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will never get to stand at an awards show podium and speak their mind about what’s wrong with the world, we thought we’d present an awards-show speech responding to Meryl Streep and what she represents: 
“It is such an opportunity tonight to present our thoughts on behalf of the broad swath of America that didn’t earn the right to offer grand orations about politics and world history on national television because we took acting classes at Vassar and Yale. It is refreshing to speak up for people who don’t complain about growing up inside what Meryl Streep calls ‘the straitjacket of conformist suburban life.’
“Many Americans who chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton are now accused of being nostalgic for an America that never existed, or for an America that was a living Hell of discrimination. But these accused Americans aren’t exactly thinking of Civil War days. They are recalling their own childhoods, where the ‘conformist straitjacket’ was the nuclear family, a civil society, a respect for God, uncontroversial bathrooms, and televised awards shows without the blather of coddled megalomaniacs. 

“Professional entertainers like Meryl Streep lament the existence of ‘fundamentalists’ among us who oppose everything the forces of tolerance are constantly pressuring us to accept -- or risk the wrath of the tolerance community. For the “Coexist” crowd, there is somehow nothing fundamentalist in saying there is no room for prayer in public life, there is no room for dissent on “LGBT rights,” and there is no science in declaring an unborn baby is a human, or in identifying gender by genitals. The Hollywood Left that never let anyone forget a blacklist of communists are today identifying dissent from the leftist agenda as a firing (or never-hiring) offense. These alleged non-fundamentalists even denounce people who try to stay apolitical as ignorant or cowardly.
“Fundamentalists like Streep are celebrated by their peers as the nuanced voices, but they can only describe the agenda of their opponents in the starkest terms of an evil and emotional backlash – forces of fear and ignorance, harassment and oppression. As artists, they claim to have the wildest and broadest imaginations, but somehow can’t imagine that someone could arrive at an opposing viewpoint to theirs through study and reason. And, dare we say? From time to time, prayer.  
“Worst of all, leftists like Meryl Streep think they are the ones who can quote Jefferson at us about the price of liberty being eternal vigilance. Since when has the Left ever represented liberty? When have they promoted limited government under the Constitution? They think the Constitution is only there for its mysterious penumbras that somehow empower abortion clinics, enforce censorship that’s called ‘inclusion,’ and fight ‘slut shaming’ and ‘rape culture.’
“Finally, the silliest thing Streep decried was that ‘disrespect invites disrespect and violence invites violence.’ Before she uncorks that lecture, Streep should re-read every disrespectful thing she’s launched at conservatives. As for violence, it’s hard to proclaim you oppose bullying while accepting an unborn child getting her brains removed. God bless you all, and at the risk of being really, really offensive, God bless Meryl Streep!”