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Meryl Streep Fires at Trump, Misses the Mark

Kensington Park Michigan autumn fallMeryl Streep, in 1978, appeared in The Deer Hunter, a great movie which sympathetically treated the experience of working class Americans during the Vietnam War. Railing against Donald Trump is easy. I would rather have heard Streep criticize Hollywood for not following Deer Hunter with more art that reflected the lives of people like those played by Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken. Instead, Hollywood too frequently in recent years (with notable exceptions) has treated working class Americans as invisible or caricatures–a disdain that significantly contributed to Trump’s appeal. Something about seeing the speck in your brother’s eye while ignoring the plank in your own.