Why Indian Celebs Rarely Take A Stance Like Meryl Streep Did At The Golden Globes

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The internet was buzzing this week from the moment Meryl Streep had stepped down from the podium at the Golden Globe Awards. She was there to receive an award for the achievement of the lifetime- Cecil B. DeMille Award, but her speech never talked one bit about her life; it was replete with references to Donald Trump’s antics and the prevailing political climate in a country which has gone totally berserk. Meryl Streep managed to lampoon Trump without even mentioning his name and went to talk about how Trump had imitated and mocked New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, a disease which limits the functioning of the joints.

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“There was one performance this year that stunned me.It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie.”, Streep had said,”It was real life!”

Though Trump being Trump, gave an interview only a short while after the show had aired to the New York Times and called Streep a “Hillary Lover” and also spoke how he wasn’t surprised by that reference. But if that wasn’t it, he tweeted thrice about Streep, calling her “overrated” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big”. Though Streep is a dedicated Hillary Clinton acolyte (She even spoke in her support at the 2016 Democratic Convention), one can respect her for her political inhibitions, but calling an actress with a four-decade long acting career, which also includes 30 and 19 nominations for Golden Globe and Academy awards respectively(Far more than any other actor for either award), amongst other awards, simply cannot be termed as overrated

Why do Indian Actors shy away from taking any stance against political persons?

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This happens to be a really profound question, and for some reason yet unanswered. In a country with more than a billion people and ruled only by three things, namely-Cricket, Bollywood, and Politics, the first two often shy away from the latter simply because of the influence it manages to wield on their lives. Plus film stars love their lives cozy; they do negligible social work, rarely depict any political inclinations fearing it would decrease their popularity amongst certain sects of the society, and find deep satisfaction in filling their own pockets. Rarely does any film star take any political stance, and whenever they do, it usually ends in either of the two ways; either the public dismisses them as being politically naive or some political parties end up picketing their movies.Hence they usually refrain from doing so and swell in their own comfort.

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