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Culture feud: Meryl Streep versus Kellyanne Conway

Sure, the Legislature’s about to convene. Even so, the morning news cycle is being dominated by Hollywood revolutionaries, led by Meryl Streep. For those of you who were watching football, here’s the video:

Here’s part of what she said, as transcribed by the New York Times:

“[T]here was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.


“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. 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.


“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

Donald Trump tweeted a response, of course, and this morning dispatched Kellyanne Conway, acting fire extinguisher for the president-elect. On CNN, Conway said that Streep ought to have protested instead the torture of a mentally challenged youth in Chicago tortured by a quartet of African-Americans:

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