January 11, 2017   |   Darius Shahtahmasebi
(ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed) For some people, the only bright side of a Trump presidency is that they do not have to endure the horrors of a Clinton administration. But thankfully, politically literate (just kidding) Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has finally provided us with one more reason to be grateful for an incoming President Trump: speaking out is sexy, once again.
As Streep informed millions of viewers across the world on Sunday:
“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep took a number of jabs at the future president, including Trump’s attempt to mock a disabled reporter (something he has denied doing, despite video evidence).
As Anti-Media pointed out this week, the Obama administration has been responsible for egregious disrespect, violence, and bullying that has gone relatively unnoticed by Hollywood celebrities.
For a while, the best criticism we had in this department came from none other than Matt Damon, who questioned Obama’s drone strike program and the NSA revelations, stating Obama had “some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor.” Damon then found renewed faith in Obama and ultimately went all in for Hillary Clinton. His support for Clinton was especially noteworthy given that he grew up as a close friend of the late anti-war historian, Howard Zinn, who is famous for saying “there is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
We may have lost Damon’s dissent during the Obama administration, but with a Donald Trump presidency comes a large number of famous people who have enormous fan bases and who despise the wildly racist billionaire to the extent they have no problem criticizing him at an awards show – something that would have never happened during the Obama administration.
This is promising for those of us who have cared about human rights all along, regardless of who decides to drop bombs and infringe on universal rights across the entire globe. Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs last year, yet no one in Hollywood seemed to classify this as “violence” worth criticizing. Almost half of these bombs were dropped in Syria – a country the U.S. has no legal justification to bomb in the first place.
Thanks to Obama, Trump is set to inherit at least seven bombing campaigns taking place in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Imagine what will happen when Trump strikes his first hospital – people might actually care about it! People might actually care about the innocent people of Yemen – the poorest, most impoverished nation in the Arab world, which is currently facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
With a Trump presidency, being anti-war will be cool again. Being racist and bigoted towards Muslims will be increasingly vilified; even prominent critic of Islam Bill Maher raised Trump’s Islamophobic comments as a potential breaking point in voting for him.
People despise Trump so much they won’t even bother saying ‘but Trump inherited those wars from Obama’ — a nonsensical wild-card argument continuously deployed in order to justify Obama’s aggressive behavior. Never mind that Obama inherited two wars from the Bush administration, including one that had a withdrawal date previously set by the Bush administration. Obama withdrew from Iraq in 2011 (so that the CIA could take over), and then in 2014 began a new Iraqi operation of his own (he also drastically expanded the war on terror to at least five additional countries).
I’m glad Trump is going to be the next president. Caring about people will be cool again, even if they are from a foreign country and/or have funny-sounding names. Opposing war will unite people from all over the political spectrum, including celebrities, talk-show hosts, and likely even Clinton-supporters, who let’s face it, were supporting a warmongering criminal).
Obama’s critics have been few and far between, but the critics of Trump will be numerous, including high-ranking celebrities. Let’s use their voice to capitalize on speaking out for what is right.
With such opposition, Trump is likely going to have a hard time in office and possible he won’t even survive his first term.
Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
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