Stars snub fans with Donald Trump snits
Hollywood’s shots at President-elect Donald Trump during the Golden Globes last night demonstrate a smug myopia among stars whose ratings and box office success are reliant on millions of middle Americans who voted Trump into office, commentators said.
Among the quipsters were Meryl Streep, host Jimmy Fallon — who was skewered on Twitter for a softball interview with Trump during the election — and Hugh Laurie, who won best supporting actor for his role in “The Night Manager,” in which he plays a billionaire arms dealer.
“I accept on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere,” Laurie said.
Laurie also predicted last night’s Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, would be the last because, “It has the words Hollywood, foreign and press in the title.”
“I also think that, to some Republicans, even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy,” Laurie said to a smattering of laughs.
Streep was more strident, saying, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
Streep also went after Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during the campaign, a claim Trump denied.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life,” Streep said. “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public ... by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same.”
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who’s provided political commentary for entertainment outlets such as E! and People Magazine, said such politicizing is bad business.
“What La-La Land hasn’t grasped is that when they break into these petulant temper tantrums, they insult half of America, which is pretty stupid for Hollywood’s bottom line,” O’Connell said.
Richard Grenell, who was spokesman for the U.S. representative to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, pounced on Laurie’s remark on Twitter.
“@hughlaurie doesn’t want Republicans watching or downloading The Night Manager,” Grenell tweeted, tagging AMC network, which airs the show, “And ridicules Republicans when he accepts the award. So we won’t watch. We aren’t stupid enough to be mocked while paying him.”
O’Connell cited underwhelming returns for projects by entertainers critical of Trump, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s film “Passenger,” which did only $130 million of the $300 million needed to turn a profit. Lawrence penned an angry online screed after Trump’s election.
“At the end of the day, you might not like Trump, but half of America does,” O’Connell said.
Politicization of films like the all-female remake of “Ghostbusters” and Jessica Chastain’s “Miss Sloane” by progressives and political correctness devotees were also cited as reasons for weak box office returns.