Donald Trump is always ranting about Hollywood and its “liberal movie people,” but he seems to have forgotten that he himself was once a reality TV star.
Now, director Ron Howard is giving the president-elect and his fans a lesson about hypocrisy.
At the 2017 Golden Globes, legendary actress Meryl Streep gave a phenomenal speech that condemned Trump’s divisive rhetoric without even naming him. Trump did not disappoint and just a few hours later lashed out with his tweets.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Soon after, Howard noted that Trump, who produced the reality TV show “The Apprentice,” had used his own celebrity platform to talk about a myriad of political issues and even spread baseless rumors about President Obama’s place of birth. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, he expects other celebrities to not criticize him for his outrageous behavior. Howard called out Trump fans and asked how they could vote for a celebrity businessman, yet tell other celebrities to stay out of politics.
trump used his fame to speak out on issues years before he ran 4 office. why was he allowed & Ms Streep should keep quiet? no hypocrisy pls https://t.co/CrpSCREcrw— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 9, 2017
@RealRonHoward It would be nice if Streep had any idea of the facts! It's always disgusting when these celebs repeated the lies from the MSM— Deanne Tate (@deanne_tate) January 9, 2017
The Oscar-winning director ended by condemning Trump for calling Streep “overrated” and advising him to show some maturity while preparing for his inauguration on Jan. 20.
Trump takes the bait & calls #MerylStreep overrated?! Please Pres-Elect. Don't make this into the WWF which is fun but not presidential— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 9, 2017
He basically repeated the same sentiments that other people have been saying for a year: “Grow up, Donald Trump.” But since the president-elect hasn’t bothered to listen to others, it is doubtful that he will give any significant attention to Howard’s advice either — except to go on a Twitter rant against the director too.
Howard isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity to take offense at Trump’s description of Streep and come out in support of her.
Anyone who calls #Meryl "overrated" is unfit to serve.— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) January 9, 2017
She is over rated as an actress like Michael Jordon is over rated as a basketball player or Sully as a pilot or Ted Williams at baseball. https://t.co/yDfkSVgBHH— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2017
Fascists used to have a much better sense of humour about Hollywood actors mocking them :) pic.twitter.com/8vcrWdg34L— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 9, 2017
So, like, who does he think is an UNDERrated actress? #tryingempathy— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) January 9, 2017
What a small, small man. SAD! https://t.co/xq3nV23YRC— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 9, 2017
Is there anyone better? #Meryl— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 9, 2017
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