At the Golden Globes, a New Culture War Erupts Onstage
LOS ANGELES — It surprised no one that Hollywood used the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday as a platform to condemn Donald J. Trump. Moviedom power players mostly supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Many stars openly telegraphed their disgust when Mr. Trump won instead. The president-elect has struggled to book A-list talent for his inauguration.
洛杉矶——对于好莱坞以周日的金球奖(Golden Globe Awards)为平台谴责唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)的做法，没人感到惊讶。影坛有影响力的演员大部分支持希拉里·克林顿(Hillary Clinton)的总统竞选。特朗普胜选时，很多影星公开表露出厌恶。身为候任总统的特朗普难以请到顶级明星参加自己的就职仪式。
But nobody was quite expecting Meryl Streep, as she collected a lifetime achievement Globe, to so firmly lay down the gauntlet for a new kind of culture war, targeting Mr. Trump’s skills as a showman and entertainer and branding them as insidious. She called on actors, foreigners, journalists and others to stand together and support the arts and the First Amendment, while portraying Mr. Trump as a bully who could whip his supporters into a frenzy and “show their teeth.”
但没人想到梅丽尔·斯特里普(Meryl Streep)在领取金球奖终身成就奖时，会如此坚定地为一种新型文化战而战，把目标对准特朗普作为一名炫耀者和表演者的能力，说它们为阴险，并号召演员、外国人、记者和其他人团结起来，支持艺术和《第一修正案》(First Amendment)。与此同时，她还把特朗普描绘成一个很会煽动支持者的霸凌者，把他们变得疯狂和“愤怒”。
Judging by his reaction to her rallying cry, Mr. Trump is ready to fight. And he seemed eager for the distraction, coming after days of intense scrutiny about Russia’s involvement in the presidential election and the business dealings of Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and soon-to-be senior adviser in the White House.
Ms. Streep, Hollywood’s most celebrated actress, with 30 Globe nominations (eight wins) and 19 Oscar nods (three wins), started her acceptance speech by acknowledging that entertainment industry elites — after eight warm years under President Obama — suddenly find themselves on very different footing.
“All of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” she said.
Ms. Streep, quoting Carrie Fisher, gave people in show business specific instructions: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
The message certainly got across.
“She challenged us to take action in a way where I was like, ‘This is what Hollywood kind of should be,’” Issa Rae, nominated for her acting in the HBO comedy “Insecure,” said after the ceremony. “She’s surpassed strictly being a performance artist and now is an artist of social change.”
Rami Malek, who stars in the USA drama “Mr. Robot,” said of Ms. Streep to his table, according to The Los Angeles Times, “In a weird way, she’s our president.”
据《洛杉矶时报》(The Los Angeles Times)报道，出演USA电视网剧集《黑客军团》的拉米·马雷克(Rami Malek)跟同桌的人谈起斯特里普，说“她在以一种奇怪的方式当我们的总统。”
War footing? It felt like it.
Mr. Trump’s supporters, who made #BoycottGoldenGlobes trend on Twitter earlier on Sunday, either anticipating critical comments or annoyed that some Hollywood stars have been outspoken in their horror at his election, responded with negative comments. “Dear Meryl Streep. We voted AGAINST you Too!” one woman wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Trump, speaking by phone to The New York Times early Monday morning, dismissed Ms. Streep as “a Hillary lover,” noting that she spoke at the Democratic National Convention last summer on behalf of Mrs. Clinton. Later, in a series of tweets, Mr. Trump called Ms. Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Mr. Trump, continued the counterattack on Fox News Monday. She criticized Ms. Streep for “inciting people’s worst instincts” and poked fun at celebrities “talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is” while wearing “their gazillion-dollar gowns.”
特朗普的顾问凯莉安娜·康维(Kellyanne Conway)周一继续在福克斯新闻频道(Fox News)上进行反击。她指责斯特里普“煽动人们最恶劣的本能”，取笑名人们一边穿着“上亿美元的礼服，一边谈论可怜的好莱坞如何受到诋毁”。
She added of Ms. Streep: “She sounds like 2014. The election is over. She lost.”
Those counterattacks came just hours before the news that Mr. Kushner would become a White House adviser to his father-in-law, which raises questions about nepotism and possible conflicts of interest. Mr. Trump has a habit of engaging in side fights when bigger controversy looms, though he said he had been unaware of Ms. Streep’s remarks until a reporter from The Times called him early Monday morning.
With her deep international fan base, Ms. Streep faced little risk in giving a swift nudge to Hollywood and any like-minded artists watching the telecast. It is too early to say how the entertainment industry might channel its outrage at Mr. Trump’s election or whether a cultural war is truly at hand, as occurred in the 1980s when politicians were trying to cut funding to artists whose work they found objectionable.
The perception of Hollywood as one of the country’s most prominent liberal bubbles has been long established. But from a business perspective, television networks and movie studios can little afford to alienate any audience as they contend with pressures that include declining DVD sales, competition from streaming services and wildly uneven box office results. At the glittering Globes after-parties, several studio executives privately applauded Ms. Streep but refused to join her in speaking publicly, citing business interests. Several industry executives expressed confusion about why she would use her speech to convey a message that seemed predictable: a Hollywood star denouncing Mr. Trump.
Not everyone in Hollywood agrees with Ms. Streep. Ms. Rae, who also produces “Insecure,” about a young black woman navigating work and love in southern Los Angeles, noted that there were Globes attendees who “weren’t feeling it.”
“I think there’s a misconception that Hollywood is all on the same page,” Ms. Rae said. “When you think about it, they’re all a bunch of rich people at the end of the day. She’s not preaching to the choir if nobody else is taking the same action or is doing what she’s doing.”
Danny Strong, the executive producer of “Empire,” acknowledged that the most Globe ceremony attendees were probably “liberal Democrats.” But, he said: “It’s not about the 200 people in the room; it’s about the millions of people watching. That’s who that message was for.”
At the HBO party, Eddie Redmayne said that he found Ms. Streep’s speech “incredibly emotional,” but he would not say whether he thought Hollywood should follow her example and speak out politically.
Producers who specialize in awards telecasts have said that postshow research indicates that many viewers dislike it when celebrities turn a trip to the stage into a political bully pulpit. (Ms. Streep, while the most outspoken, was hardly the only winner to criticize Mr. Trump during the live Globes broadcast.) It was hard to tell if ratings were influenced on Sunday.
According to Nielsen data, the ceremony attracted about 20 million viewers, an 8 percent increase from the previous year, when Ricky Gervais hosted. Among adults age 18 to 49, the audience most coveted by networks, the 2017 Globes rose about 2 percent, NBC said.