Skip to comments.Margaret Thatcher: view from the entertainment world
Posted on 04/08/2013 10:01:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Meryl Streep called her "a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics". Continue reading the main story
Figures from the arts and entertainment world have given their reaction to the death of Baroness Thatcher who has died at the age of 87 following a stroke.
The former Prime Minister was famously played by Meryl Streep who won an Oscar for her performance in The Iron Lady.
In a statement, Streep called her "a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit".
Artist Richard Stone, who painted her on several occasions, said: "Her kindness is my abiding memory of her."
Here are a selection of reactions.
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Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics.
It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th Century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.
But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement.
To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving.
To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, levelled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas - wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now - without corruption, I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle.
To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.
I was honoured to try to imagine her late life journey after power; but I have only a glancing understanding of what her many struggles were, and how she managed to sail through to the other side. I wish to convey my respectful condolences to her family and many friends.
Who gives a rat’s ass what these ignoramizoids think?
Says who, you Hollywood Leftist.
Streep’s movie about Thatcher was an abomination and propogandists hit-piece.
I don’t want to hear a peep out of Streep... stuff it, you filthy leftist.
Leftist says ...
"and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas - wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now..."
And leftist does. In the very same sentence.
As usual, two completely different things.
Right... because the ideas of limited central government, free enterprise, self-determination and strength on the international front are such outmoded ideas.
Gawd, sometimes I hate celebrities.
I generally liked The Iron Lady. It seemed a bit of a political stretch for Streep, but she made it. She may be one of the best living actresses in spite of her political naivete.
That special hatred and ridicule was also aimed at Sarah Palin - another self-made woman who was accomplished ways feminists pretend to admire but in fact despise.