The media warned us to expect Golden Globes hysteria for Hollywood entertainers with frustrated political aspirations.
Up until last night, some were wondering: Will we see Golden Globes hysteria over Trump? I thought the answer was, in the words of the heroic Sarah Palin, “You betcha!” One reason that I expected such weeping and gnashing of teeth is the Obama worship among Hollywood types. According to The Hill,
Celebrities, activists and others gave an emotional goodbye to President Obama in a new video by the White House titled “Yes We Can: Your Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency.”
The video features figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres, all sharing some of their favorite moments with the president.
“I never cried before, from an election result,” singer John Legend says in the video.
“When I was at the U.N. and I heard our president say that climate change is the most important issue facing, not only this generation but also future generations, it was inspiring,” DiCaprio said.
Watching the video, it is obviously more than an “emotional goodbye.” These are people sharing their religious testimony. It is an act of spiritual adoration.
Obviously, to Hollywood celebrities, Barack Obama is a deity. Or perhaps, the state is a god and only Obama is a worthy incarnation of its divine majesty.
And now he has been publicly repudiated by the American people and defeated by Donald Trump. While many disliked Hillary Clinton, they hated her loss on November fourth even more because it was also the loss of Obama’s legacy (as he repeatedly admitted while campaigning for her).
So, some expected Golden Globes hysteria—weeping and gnashing of teeth as Obama’s reign ends and Trump’s presidency begins.
As the Associated Press reported,
Awards are set to be handed out at the 74th annual Golden Globes, where speeches about Donald Trump and wins for the Los Angeles musical “La La Land” look like the night’s surest things.
Though usually a boisterous, boozy affair, the coming inauguration of Donald Trump is looming over this year’s Globes, which take place 12 days before the president-elect is to be sworn in. Throughout the usual self-congratulatory toasting of Hollywood’s awards season, many stars and filmmakers have evoked a foreboding sense of dread over a Trump presidency. Fallon, the popular “Tonight Show” host, isn’t known for his political humor, but he has promised a steady diet of Trump jokes.
It wasn’t as bad as it could have been. It was almost restrained at first. Hugh Laurie was the only major piece of arrogant anti-Trump idiocy. As per Mediaite:
The actor won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in The Night Manager, and he began his speech by saying “Thank you first to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this amazing honor. I suppose it’s made more amazing by the fact that I’ll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes…I don’t mean to be gloomy, it’s just that it has the words Hollywood, Foreign and Press in the title.”
But then Meryl Streep decided to go much further than Laurie, not only pretending that Hollywood stars were oppressed minorities, but repeating the lie about Donald Trump mocking a disabled journalist:
Meryl Streep is brilliant at speaking other people's words, but she's kind of an ignorant moron when it comes to her own. #GoldenGlobes
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 9, 2017