The UK Daily Mail reports that show biz legend Pat Boone blasted actress Meryl Streep for her insufferably politicized Golden Globes speech in January when she denounced Donald Trump.
Speaking at the 25th Annual Movieguide Awards, which celebrates faith-based and family movies, the lifelong conservative Boone said "Now, first of all, I don’t think that award shows are the place to express some narrow political view. Now, it’s not narrow to her, or to most of that audience. But to most of America, who had elected a man that she detests and doesn’t wanna even give a chance to."
Boone, 82, who has enjoyed seven decades of stardom, said Trump is "gonna lead us into a more moral and a more economically sound and military strong life. [Streep] doesn’t wanna give him even a chance, and she was acting like he was all but criminal and depraved. And, course, she got a big hand for it."
He conceded, "Now, she’s a nice woman and a very talented woman. But I don’t think that an award show in front of millions of people is the place to vent your spleen about somebody that you disagree with politically. It just was wrong."
Boone noted that her speech won't hurt her professionally, because "she’s in the side of the career that applauds it. Oh, no, it’s good for her. In fact, there’s some who’ll express those views knowing it may be good for ‘em, poli- I mean, in the industry, in the industry, in Hollywood. Yeah, because liberals love liberals. They don’t want – they don’t like conservatives."
Boone said at the Friday evening awards event that Hollywood's aversion to conservatives "is that real. It is that divisive. And somehow I’ve managed to survive, because I’m not dependent on Hollywood.
"Politically Hollywood is almost 99 per cent liberal. Not to say leftist, that is towards socialism and not wanting any abridgment of anything they want to do if they can make a buck doing it.
"I’m a conservative politically and I have felt that moral guidelines are for our good: the good of our nation, the good of our family, and Hollywood seems to have no moral guidelines.
"They have compassion. They’ll do charitable things for people, but then they make movies that tend to glamorize things that are really degraded.
"We used to export films that presented America in a very favorable eye, so that we were kind of the envy of the world, because of the picture we presented.
"It is almost an anathema to say that you’re a Republican in Hollywood, or that you’re a conservative. You may not get any jobs. You have to be very popular to be employed if you’re a conservative, because they just don’t want to hire you.
"There’s a political and emotional and philosophical antipathy toward people who think along what to them seem to be more narrow, moral lines. They don’t want anybody telling them what they can and can’t do, or what’s right and what’s wrong and they don’t want to reflect that in films.
"You see actresses who either have kids already, or will, rutting - literally - in movie scenes, nude and simulated sex, during which I’m thinking, 'Hey, you’ve got kids that one of these days are going to see their mom doing this on a screen and other people's kids may be seeing you now."
"I won’t name names, but I know that some of these actresses, once they feel they’re just about through, they do tell all books and they talk about the affairs they had with other actors and that kind of thing. And I’m thinking, 'You’re a grandmother. Why do you want to do this?"'
Boone finished by saying, "Hollywood should be presenting the very best picture of America and who the average people want to be. We used to win awards with movies that show people in the best possible light. Now, more and more people get awards for being a vampire."