the Berlin Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the world – Academy Award-winning thespian Meryl Streep did not shy away from promoting an agenda of “equality” and “inclusion.”
Standard fare for needy, attention-seeking actresses who regardless of their accomplishments, still feel the insatiable pang to be liked, admired and fawned over. But this was maybe a little much, I thought.
Maybe not. From Variety:
Durning a jury-panel conference (this is where artists judge each other’s work); Streep pontificated on equality of genders, races, ethnicity and religion:
“This jury is also evidence that women are included and can even dominate – that is unusual in bodies that make decisions.”
When asked if she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said: “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally,” adding, “We’re all Africans..”
No we’re not Meryl.
Her “Africans” remark quickly drew the ire of social media, with many readers calling the Oscar-winner racially insensitive.
The Berlin festival, however, said her comments were being misconstrued.
“We don’t consider Meryl Streep’s comments to be in any way insensitive,” a spokesman for the Berlin festival told Variety. “As she made it clear throughout the press conference, she is committed to inclusiveness of all ethnicities, religions and genders. She underlined that we are all the same, all equal.”
Later, Sight and Sound editor Nick James, who’s also on the jury, applauded the Berlin festival organizers for including him. “I want to thank the festival for having the chutzpah to put a critic on the jury,” he said. “It used to happen a lot in the 20th century.”
They’re such great people, aren’t they? Believe it or not, an actress would read that sentence from me and take it literally, not sarcastically.
That’s how strong a feeling they have to be authenticated and loved. It overwhelms them.
Strange coming from people who pretend for a living. But not strange for liberals, who never seem to grow up.
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