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ROSS REILY: In Trump’s world, I suspect Jack Nicklaus is overrated too


My family and I watched the Golden Globes last night as we went back and forth between that and helping my son finish his book fair project. (Really more my wife helping with the book fair project).

Some of my kids were interested in whether La La Land would win bunches of awards (it did). Another of my kids was interested in whether Justin Timberlake would win for best song in the movie Trolls (He didn’t and he was robbed, according to my 7 year old).

But when the segment for Meryl Streep came along as she was going to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award I made sure my 12 year old stopped and paid attention. I told her prior to the segment, “She’s the best that’s ever been.”

I had no idea what was to come. In her acceptance, Streep hammered Donald Trump in general and specifically that his attack on the New York Times reporter legitimized bullying.

“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life,” Streep said. “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public … by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same.”

Streep added: “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

My daughter just said, “Wow!”

Streep said more, but that was what stuck with my daughter.

All I could say to her is remember to deal with everyone with grace and compassion. If you do that, you will never be wrong.

But before I went to bed I asked my wife how she thought Trump would react. “He’ll probably tweet that Streep is overrated,” I joked.

We laughed and went to bed.

Then came the news this morning from multiple sources that Trump plunged Monday into another fight with a high-profile critic, this time in a three-part tweet responding to actress Meryl Streep’s denunciation of him from the stage of the Golden Globe awards.

Trump called the Academy Award winner who had supported Democrat Hillary Clinton “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”



It’s not that I think Meryl Streep is the greatest human being of all time. I don’t know her. She seems to be a nice person, but there is no denying her talent and her ability. Even if you don’t agree that she’s the best actor ever, you have to concede she is one of the best. Top 5? Top 10? Top 15? That’s still rarified air.

To compare it in sports terms, calling Streep overrated is like calling Babe Ruth overrated or calling Walter Payton or Jerry Rice or Michael Jordan overrated. I suppose Trump thinks Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones were overrated golfers.

I guess overrated is just one of his go-to phrases. He has called the Broadway show “Hamilton” overrated. It’s what he pulls out of his hat when he feels that need to deny the obvious while counter punching.

But that is what we have in Trump. He is who he is and he is not going to change. Congress will have to manage and babysit him for the next 4 or 8 years, whatever our electorate decides.

Whether it is Russian hacking, saying John McCain is not a war hero, denying global warming or his constant run-ins with anyone who criticizes him, just take everything with a tablespoon of salt.

Remember what you told your daughter, Ross — grace and compassion.

I know, I know …

» Contact Mississippi Business Journal editor Ross Reily at ross.reily@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1018.



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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.


  1. Amen.

  2. Gen. Ron McGlothlin

    Business Journal is trending Liberal. Counter productive to MS future economics in My opinion !

  3. Thanks very much for posting this thoughtful, well written opinion piece. Liberal or conservative, we have to teach our children that bully behavior is unacceptable.

  4. …and not expose them to Hollyweird while hey are doing homework.

  5. Now there’s an original thought! A Hollywood liberal yammering on about how terrible the President-Elect is. Maybe if she really cared about disabled people being mistreated, she would publicly condemn the actions of the four Black Lives Matter idiots in Chicago who kidnapped and tortured a white special-needs teen. Kinda leads one to the conclusion that maybe Ms. Streep agrees with their message of “F* Donald Trump”, at least at some level.

  6. MS’s economic future is not tied to reporting or opinions in a publication, Gen. Ron McGlothin, even those of the MS Business Journal. Our economic future depends on a strong, productive, and educated workforce, business leaders with a long-term vision, as well as leadership among our state policymakers.

  7. Vincent Castigliola

    Dear Mr. Reily,

    Like so many things said about President Elect Trump, the “bullying” story is ill supported by the facts. Please consider this rather compelling analysis.

    We need go behind headlines and sound bites, even those spoken by celebrities. We most certainly do, but should not, overrate the opinions of great actors and sports figures.

    There are credible and compelling reasons to question the claim of man made global warming.

    There is to date a dearth of credible evidence to support the claim that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    John McCain’s efforts to promote confrontation with and sanctions against Russia is hardly heroic when it comes to Mississippi poultry exports to Russia, much less the attendant risk of provoking very sudden global warming via a nuclear weapons exchange.

    I am tired of Congress and the executive attempting to micromanage the personal and business affairs of we American people and do not wish for Congress to “manage or babysit” me or President Trump. Better that they address the problems within their own houses.


  8. Good or bad actor, this was not a political or social economic event. If actors want to get air time to promote their on agenda, then pay for it.

    I may even believe she has a good heart. Not time or place.

  9. Streep added: “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

    Does this not apply to the so-called “Hollywood Elite” also?

  10. I’m glad a wimp like you isn’t raising my daughters. Spoken like a true liberal koolaid drinker.

  11. Andrew Whitehurst

    Our high school English teacher in 1977 told our class in an off-hand comment that he would like to see Richard Nixon publicly executed and for it to be carried live on ABC, NBC, and CBS. I didn’t know whether to be alarmed or what to think about Mr. Keith for his directness. He didn’t get in trouble for the comment because his students didn’t rat him out as they might today if such a thing was said. He was an excellent and creative teacher and we were crazy about him, but such was his depth of disgust with the former president. We are not even past the swearing in for this new president and the level of public disgust-loathing- is as high as I’ve ever seen it,( Mr. Keith included). We have elected someone who is unashamedly amoral and we’ve seen him coming for 30 years. However bad it is, what we get is our own fault.

  12. Scott M Crawford

    Thank you for this insightful opinion piece. Bless you and amen.

  13. Being accepting by the columnist is being liberal? You could learn a lesson from that. Always trying to “should” on somebody. Certainly the Chicago incident was horrendous, but not exclusive of the president elect being a bully as being horrendous as well.

  14. People who make excuses for bullying behavior are themselves bullies. As Ms. Streep said Sunday night, actors are people, too, many of them from poor backgrounds and foreign origins. They deserve respect just like the disabled. Calling out the “Hollywood Liberals” as deserving of scorn makes you as much a bully as our President-Elect is. Throwing in another incident that is totally unrelated to the subject being discussed is known as a red-herring argument. You won’t get far in the next 4 years trying to legitimize Trump’s bad behavior. It’s unacceptable. Period.

  15. “She’s the best that’s ever been.”

    Not hardly. She IS overrated. A lot.

    Further, she was doing EXACTLY what she was railing against – using her position to bully.

    Finally, certain low-end southern “editors” are overrated too.

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