Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, which is their lifetime achievement award. Good for her. It was well-deserved because she has done work worthy of multiple lifetimes, and her speech was amazing (Read the transcript here.) For all her achievements, when I think of Meryl Streep I can’t help but remember of a night at the Squirrel Cage bar in Pittsburgh many years ago. A night that forever connected me to Meryl Streep in brain.
I was at the bar with a guy I was newly dating and some of his friends. We started talking about celebrities that we looked like. I said I didn’t think that I looked like a celebrity, but one of the guys said he thought I looked like a young Meryl Streep.
That had me feeling pretty awesome for a few seconds. Meryl Streep? I’ll definitely take that, but then… But then the guy I was dating said, “I never thought Meryl Streep was very attractive.”
At the time I let myself feel bad about that, but you know, over the years Meryl Streep has continued to be awesome, and I don’t even know what happened to that guy. (At one point I heard he joined a cult, but he may be out of it by now.) Regardless, fuck you, ex-boyfriend, fuck you. Meryl and I are both fabulous and do not need your approval.
(For the record, I wouldn’t mind being compared to Golden Globe winners Viola Davis or Olivia Colman either.)
Here is Meryl Streep’s full Golden Globes speech:
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017