Why Can’t Meryl Talk Politics? We Elected A CELEBRITY As President!

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Donald Trump has a long Hollywood history.

Last night, Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes and made headlines due to her remarks about President-Elect Donald Trump during her acceptance speech.

She referenced the alleged incident when Trump mocked a New York Times reporter with a physical disability at a November 2015 rally and called for the press to "hold power to account, to call [Trump] on the carpet for every outrage.”

Not surprisingly, Donald Trump and many of his supporters quickly turned to Twitter to label Streep as an “over-rated” “Hollywood elite.”

While some might say that response is fair — I’d argue that Streep is definitely Hollywood elite (though not overrated) — here’s my question about Trump’s response…

Isn’t Donald Trump Hollywood elite too? Isn’t he a celebrity?

Sure, he’s a businessman and real estate developer, but you can’t ignore that fact that Donald Trump had been working in Hollywood for DECADES.

So why can he comment about politics without getting that “out-of-touch Hollywood” label slapped onto him, but Meryl can’t?

Hasn’t he worked in the same industry as Meryl Streep for a very long time?

Just look at his IMDB page.

Trump has over 20 acting credits, appearing in everything from Sex in the City, The Little Rascals movie, Woody Allen’s Celebrity, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, and Zoolander… to name a few.

He’s a game show host, who hosted 14 seasons of The Apprentice and who is still currently serves as an executive producer on the new Apprentice with Arnold Schwarzenegger (even though the two got into a very public spat about ratings).

And he’s made numerous TV appearances, including stints hosting Saturday Night Live, and produced many, many beauty pageants and TV specials.

With all that in mind, why don’t we consider Trump to be a part of the Hollywood elite? The man has spent a huge amount of his adult life pursuing celebrity and working in the film and television industry.

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How is Meryl Streep any different? Why do some people feel that political opinions more valid coming from Trump than Meryl?

Yes, Trump is a business leader, but so is Kim Kardashian (she probably has higher profit margins).

Is it because Trump ran for president? But Trump has been making political statements throughout his career. Did his Hollywood elite status somehow get revoked when he got the GOP nomination?

I’d love to know because I genuinely don’t understand why people have such aversions to celebrities making political statements, especially when that aversion isn’t consistent.

If Meryl Streep is truly a representation of “out of touch” Hollywood, I don’t see how Trump is any different. He’s worked with similar people (they’ve both been in Woody Allen movies). They’ve both made money from the entertainment industry. They’re both significantly wealthier than most Americans.

But why are Streep’s opinions “liberal Hollywood whining” and Trump’s opinions never seem to get slapped with that same Hollywood label?

How exactly has he distanced himself from Hollywood? He has a show he’s producing that’s currently on NBC.

And why is the entertainment industry such a pariah to so many conservative Americans? It remains one of this country’s biggest exports, it employs thousands of skilled laborers, AND one of the most popular Republican presidents of all time, Ronald Reagan, was a SAG-card-carrying movie star.

It’s fine if you disagree with Meryl Streep. I can definitely understand why some might object to certain aspects of her speech. (Her comments on football and MMA proved unpopular with many Americans.)

However, she has right to express her opinions and that right doesn’t become less valid just because she works in Hollywood.

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Because, remember, our soon-to-be new president used to work in Hollywood too. (He still does.)

That label can go both ways. If Donald Trump doesn’t want us to discount everything he says because he’s a game show host who once guest-starred on The Jeffersons (true story), then he has to extend the same courtesy to Meryl Streep, a legit Hollywood legend.

We should be judging people like Meryl (and Donald) by the content of what they’re saying, NOT by the industry they choose to work in.

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