Meryl Streep joins the cast of Big Little Lies. Her role as mother of the late wife-abuser looks to be complex and enticingly evil. As such she has been doing press with her co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman et al. A strong-minded talented group of women.
However. Broken record alert. Agree with Meryl. The oft-used #MeToo phrase Toxic Masculinity hurts boys. Always said so. Not great for men either. Toxic People do exist. Individuals of either gender.
So. Yay Meryl. Toxic misandry should not be an acceptable theme. Looking forward to Season 2.
Theme of the week. Bad behavior. Naughty or criminal?
Jussie Smollett the latter, rendering real victims’ voices silent. As with #metoo overreach, backlash will be longterm. Billionaires out of control. Bezos’ fling has taken his focus away from bizness. Super Bowl owner Bob Kraft has enough money to hire the classiest call girls in the world, yet goes to a strip mall for creepy massages with sex-trafficked enslaved girls. Miranda Lambert marries a cheating New York cop. Klobuchar really is mean it seems. And. Don’t even talk about R. Kelly.
A few of the week’s similarly untoward headlines. On to the Oscars. Meh.
The Man Booker Prize winner this year is Anna Burns from Northern Ireland for Milkman. It is her third novel. The prize was for authors in the Commonwealth countries of the United Kingdom until recent years when it included Americans. There was also a separate Orange Prize which has been since sponsored by others for only women authors. However, in the past two decades, women have been well represented and even dominated the Booker short list in 2018.
Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker twice. Other women winners include Margaret Atwood. A.S. Byatt. My favorite Luminaries Eleanor Catton. Anne Enright. And this year Anna Burns.
So why a separate prize for women? Good writing is. Good writing.
Anderson Cooper. Chris Cuomo. Don Lemon? Ali Belshi. Many more of the ususal suspects in rain gear. Standing in front of the ocean or a palm tree. Very very wet. All day. All night. Why?
And. If you were a jerk in high school, your life could be over. Career kaput. Prospects nil. Linked-In unhinged. One person can tell Ronan Farrow and that’s all folks!
Have we reached the tipping point? Predictable backlash moment. Vester v. Brokaw. Even if all of what the former anchor alleges against veteran journalist Tom Brokaw were true a couple of decades ago. What justice does her so-called accusation achieve today? He is not Cosby nor Weinstein. Nor even Lauer. Every unwanted advance that could have been tactfully dealt with at the time is not a crime worthy of the death penalty. To career. Reputation. Family.
Hillary says women who voted for Trump were under their husband’s or male partner’s thumb. Value all women! Nope. Feminism for some. Sandra Bernhard agrees. Republican or even Independent women don’t have minds of their own. So woke. On the flip side, Pulse night club shooter’s wife was acquitted because she was seen to be cluelessly under her husband’s influence. Geraldo Rivera says he didn’t vote for his Celebrity Apprentice friend The Donald because his wife swayed him. But. Hey. Not everyone caves.
Never apologies to the Stones.
Our divided country’s fissures don’t seem to be narrowing. A staged CNN anti-gun town hall exploited grieving kids and relatives of murdered students. The White House held its own listening meeting as the President pushed arming military-trained teachers. Today NRA Chair Wayne LaPierre used his insane rant at CPAC as a call to war against rising socialism.
Then there’s the never-ending gender divide. New York Times opinion column The Boys Are Not All Right by Michael Ian Black discusses guns and boys. It so resonated with my sentiments on the subject, I commented and it was a NYTimes Pick. Making young men feel that they are toxic surely will not provide a healthier outlook. Broken record alert.
Even the poor Central Park forsythia is conflicted. Is it February? Hope springs…