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Jan102017

POLITICS/ENTERTAINMENT (National): Donald Trump, Hollywood, Meryl Streep?: Analysis (Cathleen Decker), "Street 'overrated'? Trump keeps punching at Hollywood, but he's an odd combatant" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Golden Globes Awards, Meryl Streep acceptance speech, Donald Trump tweet attack).....

* Los Angeles Times (Cathleen Decker):  "Street 'overrated'? Trump keeps punching at Hollywood, but he's an odd combatant" - From the LAT:

Donald Trump's rebuke of Meryl Streep for criticizing his past bullying was less about Streep than two imperatives for the president-elect: portraying himself in the best possible light and convincing the public that he’s more “us” than “them.”

The back and forth unfolded in a fashion that has become familiar. Streep issued a nuanced denunciation of Trump during Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. It avoided mention of his name but focused on his 2015 speech in which he formed his arms into bent positions and mimicked Serge F. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has a congenital disease, arthrogryposis, that distorts his arm and leg joints.

The videotape of that speech “sank its hooks into my heart,” said Streep, who supported Hillary Clinton last year but is not typically central to the Hollywood political establishment. “I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life,” she said in an address that focused on an actor’s need for empathy. The "instinct to humiliate,” she said, coarsens all of society. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

As regular as an atomic clock, the president-elect early Monday returned fire. He derided Streep, the most decorated American actress of her generation, and denied once again that he had ever mocked Kovaleski, despite the video evidence. “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” Trump tweeted. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16-year-old story to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media.”

Trump’s comments displayed his unwillingness to turn aside any personal slight, a potentially troublesome attribute 11 days before his inauguration to the world’s most criticized job. His response was also the latest iteration of culture wars that for decades have cast Hollywood’s glittering and mostly liberal denizens as the enemies of real America.

The tweets also repeated a pattern of Trump making statements that were false on several counts: .................