Apparently the mainstream media didn't get the memo that they are completely out of touch with reality and out of sync with everyday Americans. We thought the election of Donald Trump might have clued them in -- well, that and the fact that all of their "reporting" and analysis proved to be completely wrong -- but MSNBC host Toure is doubling down on the elitism.
Reacting to Meryl Streep's anti-Trump (and factually incorrect, moreover) screed at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, the MSNBC personality insisted that people should listen to actors because they're real Americans and what's more, they are "valuable":
The 9/11 truther contended that movie stars are "just everyday Americans who did very well." He added that "they make up a significant and valuable portion of America....they are real Americans just as well." Toure also repeatedly rebuked Trump for his counter-attack against Streep: "He should not be attacking specific Americans and dissing them as if this is some playground." [video below]
Newsbusters notes that the Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon said Streep "knew her audience."
"She was in a room full of people whose politics she knew; whose frustration she knew; and she knew that she would get a big rise out of them for speaking to that....It's what they wanted."
Indeed, and what could be more productive or healing to a nation that abusing your platform to deepen the divisions simply because it's what the other elitists in your echo chamber want to hear?
For those who missed it, Streep spent the entire six minutes of her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech to blast Trump (and in turn, his supporters), for the usual laundry list of his perceived-shortcomings: namely, that he's a "bigot."
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart," Streep began with a quivering lip (great actress, indeed).
"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,” Streep said of the incident (video of which can be seen here). “It was the moment where 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 head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.”
One of the key issues is that the President-elect has maintained vehemently that he did not, and would not, have mocked the reporter's disability. And, there is ample video evidence that seems to corroborate Trump's claim. Video footage shows Trump initiating numerous other people (and years prior) using the same physical affect and gesticulations. What's more, the reporter in question spent years trashing the President-elect in his pieces. If Trump was blasting anything, it was likely that.
Nonetheless, facts shouldn't get in the way of a good Hollywood narrative about "the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy."
For her part, Kellyanne Conway noted that Streep played to people's "worst instincts," noting that the acclaimed actress could have used the moment to say instead, "I didn’t like it, but let’s try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him.’ Which he has actually done from moment one. The moment he won, he said I’m going to be president for [all people]."
It's also noteworthy that Streep never spent a moment decrying the brutal terror attacks in Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, and indeed across the world. Nor did she seem too concerned the with other disabled person in the news of late -- the young man who was tortured by four black suspects in Chicago.
But, in La La Land, hypocrisy reigns supreme.