Oscar Winner Meryl Streep Declares 'We’re all Africans'

The Context

Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep recently made some interesting comments at the Berlin Film Festival.

“I don't know very much honestly, about the Mideast, and yet I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. And the thing that I notice is that they're all --- there is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture. And after all, we're all from Africa originally. You know, we're all Berliners. We're all Africans, really,” Streep said.

Alrighty, then.

Streep’s statements just might prove the longer you play make believe in Hollywood, the harder it is to live in the real world.

I’m Not a U.N. Ambassador But I Play One on TV

According to Glenn, these delusions of expertise might put the first man on Mars.

“Can I tell you something, this is why actors are so arrogant. Because there will be at some point, Matt Damon will be thinking to himself, 'Well, I was on Mars," Glenn said. “I mean, I know I didn't really do it, but I studied all of it. I mean, I practically flew a shuttle by myself.' That's what they think because they have dabbled and talked to experts, that they're an expert at everything.”  

You Must Have Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express

There is a philosophy out there that says “fake it ‘till you make it,” and Glenn thinks that might be where Streep is coming from on this one.

"Look, I really don't know anything about the Mideast, but I have played --- it's like, "I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night," Glenn said.  

What’s With the Accent?

To make her comments sound more important, Streep seemed to take on a light British accent.

“Stop for a second. Stop. Stop. Can you play that again? Has anybody noticed her fake accent? What is that?” Glenn asked.


Glenn couldn't resist trying on the accent for size.

“I'm not English, but I've lived in the United States my whole life, but I really would like to sound a little smarter by speaking the Queen's English,” Glenn said.

Common Sense Bottom Line

Researching roles and playing them on film does not make one an expert --- nor does an affected British accent.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Okay.  Pat, can you play the Meryl Streep line.  And give me some context on this.

PAT:  They -- they were in a panel discussion.  And she was just one of the panelists.  And, you know, they're talking about progressive issues like progressives are wont to do.  And she came up with this really deep statement.  I think this is going to move you a little bit.

MERYL:  I don't know very much honestly about the Mideast, and yet I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.

PAT:  Oh.  I mean, she's qualified then.  She's played a lot of different people.

GLENN:  Can I tell you something, this is why actors are so arrogant.  Because there will be at some point, Matt Damon will be thinking to himself, "Well, I was on Mars."

PAT:  I know NASA.  I know rocket science.  I lived on Mars for a year and a half.

GLENN:  I mean, I know I didn't really do it.  But I studied all of it.  I mean, I practically flew a shuttle by myself.  That's what they think because they have dabbled and talked to experts, that they're an expert at everything.  

"Look, I really don't know anything about the Mideast, but I have played -- it's like, "I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."  But now we haven't even got to her quote.  


PAT:  No.  

GLENN:  But we'll get to that in just a second.  

PAT:  Yeah.  

GLENN:  Back in a minute.

(OUT AT 9:33AM)

GLENN:  I'm going to tell you -- we're going to be at the Spartanburg County rally for Cruz today at 12:30 Eastern time.  That's the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg.  This is -- this is quite an amazing thing.  The people here are truly remarkable.  There are about 10,000 supporters that have come in from all over the state, all over the area.  They have 80 full-time people that have volunteered their time that is staying at a place called Camp Cruz.  And I met people this morning.  I was at a rally early this morning.  There's people from Tennessee.  They've driven hours to to volunteer their time.  They've knocked on almost 100,000 doors, like 99,937 doors.  Or something like that.  I can't remember.  And they're expecting their 100,000th door to be knocked on today.  I'm going to go door-knocking in a couple of hours.  And it's snowing here.  That's how much we're committed to it.

But it's an amazing thing.  They're making about 25,000 phone calls a day.  This is ten times the ground game that Ted Cruz had in Iowa.  And that was an impressive ground game.  This is going to be a very close race, and it's going to take every single person coming out voting and talking to their friends, their neighbors, about the Constitution.  Not Ted Cruz:  About the Constitution and returning to constitutional principles.

All right.  Let me finish off this Meryl Streep thing.  She was at a conference.  And she said, "Look, I don't know much about the Middle East, but I have played people from the Middle East on TV."

MERYL:  I don't know very much about -- honestly about the Middle East.  

GLENN:  Stop for a second.  Stop.  Stop.  Can you play that again?  Has anybody noticed her fake accent?  What is that?  

JEFFY:  Yes, it's agonizing.

GLENN:  I just -- I would like you to know --

PAT:  I don't know --

GLENN:  I'm not English, but I've lived in the United States my whole life, but I really would like to sound a little smarter by speaking the Queen's English.

MERYL:  I don't know very much -- honestly about the Mideast.  And -- and yet I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.  And the thing that I notice is that they're all -- there is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture.  And after all, we're all from Africa originally.

PAT:  What?  No.

MERYL:  You know, we're all Berliners.  We're all Africans, really.

GLENN:  We're all Berliners.  We're all Africans.

PAT:  Do you know Berlin is not in Africa, pumpkin?  Do you understand?

GLENN:  Well, I don't know about geography.  But I have played people from all over the map.

PAT:  I love that.  Because she's obviously going to the JFK thing.

GLENN:  Yes, yes.

PAT:  (foreign language) whatever it was he -- (foreign language).   And he was trying to pander to the Germans at the time or whatever.

GLENN:  And it worked.  

PAT:  But she goes to, "We're all Berliners.  We're all Africans."  What?

GLENN:  Well, I like the way she does it.  She's so pretentious, and she doesn't even know it.  

You know, I've played many people before.  And, you know, when it comes down to it, we're really all from Africa.  I mean, we're all Africans, really.

PAT:  No.  No.

GLENN:  These people are so -- they're so skin-crawly.

PAT:  Oh, they are.  And then she kind of -- I think she's looking for sort of somebody to help her out because she's looking around the room and going like, "Right?  I mean, we have all these people who can comment and --

GLENN:  You little people.

MERYL:  So I think we -- look, we have a critic on our jury.  We have a director on our jury.  We --

PAT:  Will one of you not help me out on this?  We're from Africa.  That's all the same.

GLENN:  We all have a New Zealand tattoo, a native New Zealand tattoo on our faces.  Because that's what we all are.  And we have a critic here.  A director.  And a HEP gaffer.  And the gaffer -- gaffers are almost like giraffes.  They both have a "G" at the beginning of it, so we're all really giraffes too.  Isn't that right?  Will anyone go with me on that?

PAT:  We're all really giraffes.  I like that better, actually.


GLENN:  I mean, I -- I have a dog, but what's the difference between a dog and a hyena and a polar bear?  There's really nothing.  They're all animals.  And they're all from different parts of the world.  And I've never been an animal.  I have had animalistic tendencies in some of my movie characters that I have played.  After all, I didn't actually boil the bunny.  But it was somebody that was old and aging like me that played that role at one point.

PAT:  Glenn Close, Meryl Streep.  Same thing, right?

GLENN:  The same thing.  We're both old and aging actors.  Nobody plays attention to us anymore.  And we're both really pretty pretentious at this point.  And it's only because we like to be like Lady HEP Judy Dench.  Why don't they call me Lady Meryl, Meryl Streep.  

STU:  Dame.  

GLENN:  Yes, Dame Meryl Streep.  You can call me Dame Meryl Streep.  That's why I'm working on this accent.

STU:  Is she trying to do one of those conception in what paradigm type of thing?

PAT:  Yes.

STU:  Because I think what she's trying -- is she trying to say that there are no nations?  

GLENN:  Yes. 

STU:  Like, we're all humans, and there are no nations.  And that's a false construct.  Is it one of those type of --

GLENN:  Yes, it is.

PAT:  She's trying to beat this guy.

VOICE:  You know, under whose conception?  Under what paradigm?  I'm just resisting.  What am I resisting?  I don't know.  The collectivization of manufacture, the institutionalization of the human psyche.  

PAT:  Yeah.

GLENN:  Shut up.  Shut up.

PAT:  Manufacture.

GLENN:  What is it that I'm really rebelling against?  I don't know.

PAT:  I don't know.  

GLENN:  I love that.  What is it that I'm really saying here?  I don't know.  Perhaps you know --

PAT:  It's all artificial constructs anyway.

GLENN:  I'm saying things, but they don't really mean anything.  But if I say, "I don't know.  Maybe, you know, it's kind of something that you'll say, "Oh, oh, oh, I know exactly what he's saying.  And you'll make it up in your head.  And then you'll think, boy, he's so smart."

PAT:  So brilliant.  So brilliant.

GLENN:  And we'll boil our giraffes.

Featured Image: Meryl Streep attends the 'Hail, Caesar!' premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Do aliens... EXIST? Or is it a distraction?

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Yesterday, whistleblower David Charles Grusch, a decorated Air Force veteran claimed the Department of Defense has a secret team aimed at "retrieving non-human origin technical vehicles, call it spacecraft if you will, non-human exotic origin vehicles that have either landed or crashed."

Talk about UFOs and aliens has typically been siloed to the realm of sci-fi and "conspiracy theories." However, in recent years, publicized evidence of UFOs and whistleblowers, like David Grusch, have brought the once fantastical subjects into the mainstream. Could it be that alien life forms do, in fact, exist? Have they already arrived and been kept secret underneath the government's nose? Or could this all be a ruse to distract us from more pressing stories in the news cycle?

We want to hear from YOU! Do YOU think aliens and UFOs are a distraction tactic, or do you think there's truth behind these whistleblowers?

Do you believe the government has intel about UFOs?

Do you believe the government has intel about alien life?

Do you believe the government is hiding this intel from the general public?

Do you believe alien life exists? 

Do you think the media is using this story to distract us from other issues?

Remembering D-Day: We are called to the same standard

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79 years ago today, my grandfather jumped out of a plane. He was 17 years old when he joined the 101st Airborne Division, and at the ripe age of 18, he boarded a C-47 aircraft with the rest of his company destined for Normandy. On June 6, 1944, he jumped out of that plane onto Utah Beach, becoming a part of what would become the largest amphibious invasion in military history, Operation Overlord, or, as it's more commonly known, D-Day.

Though only 18, my grandfather was one of the oldest soldiers in his company. He recounted how many, like himself, lied about their age in order to have their shot at fighting for their country. As Omaha Beach veteran Frank Devita recounted:

We were all kids. We were too young to drink. We were too young to vote. And we were too young to die.

And many of them did.

On June 6, 1944, almost 160,000 troops from the United States, the British Commonwealth, and their allies began what would become the ultimate demise of the Third Reich, concluding one of the darkest chapters in human history. 2,500 of these soldiers were American boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy, where most of them remain, their bodies never making it back home to the country for which they paid the ultimate price.

2,500 of these soldiers were American boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy.

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In an age seemingly devoid of courage and virtue, it is natural to picture these soldiers as the greatest of men. And they were. However, we must remember these exemplars of manhood were boys, young boys, who exhibited the courage and virtue that we so seldom see in those twice their age today.

We must remember these exemplars of manhood were boys.

Remembering D-Day is not only sobering regarding the loss of life and innocence; it's sobering to consider how far our country has strayed from the ideals exemplified by the "greatest generation."

79 years ago, Americans knew what they were fighting for. As a Jewish man born in Berlin, witnessing the rise of fascism and socialism at the expense of individual liberty and the sanctity of life, my grandfather was eager to go back to his birthplace as an American soldier to fight for the fundamental principles of life and liberty that he and his family had been denied in Nazi Germany.

They were some of the lucky individuals who were able to escape—and there's a reason why he and his family chose America as their new homeland. The life and liberty they had been denied in Germany were regarded as sacred in the United States.

Yet, do we still regard these things as sacred?

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Most of the United States still hold that the sanctity of life is contingent upon convenience and circumstance. Economic policies continue to morph closer to the socialism adopted by the rest of the world in the 20th century, penalizing the success and merit that was once tantalizing to immigrants like my grandfather. Moreover, 2020 extinguished any doubt that the freedoms we hold dear are expendable at the whims of our ruling class.

This isn't the same America that provided refuge to my grandfather's family nor is it the same country that he and his brothers-in-arms fought for.

On this anniversary of D-Day, it is important that we remember the sacrifice given by the young American boys, who became the greatest of men, on the beaches of Normandy. However, perhaps it is just as important to remember that we are called to the very same standard as they so powerfully exemplified: to love our country and the principles of life and freedom that stand in stark contrast to much of the onlooking world and to have the courage to defend it, even if it requires the level courage that these young men were called to.

5 new AI your children may be using and how to counter them

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With the rapid emergence of widely available AI, it's no surprise many parents are concerned about how interacting with AI might affect their children. It feels like we are just barely beginning to understand how the internet and social media affect childhood development. Now, we suddenly have a whole new dimension to unpack, with reports of people developing emotional attachments to AI and students using AI to write entire essays. It's no wonder why some parents are starting to feel overwhelmed.

Here are 5 of the most prevalent AI programs discoverable to children and the options parents have to deal with them.

Snapchat “My AI”

Image of chat with MyAI on Snapchat


What is it?

My AI is an AI chatbot built into Snapchat. It's designed to look just like another human user, though it will always stay on top of the "Chat" page and can be identified by a robot emoji on the right side of the screen. The bot can be given a custom name and avatar, answer questions, chat, and provide recommendations, much like ChatGPT—the software that powers My AI, albeit less powerful.

Like ChatGPT, My AI has many biases—typically left-leaning, and is subject to mistakes and inaccuracies. Unlike ChatGTP however, My AI may claim to be a real person and a friend to the user, which might be misleading to a young person. Perhaps most disturbing, it can access your location—provided you allow Snapchat to know your location.

If you want to protect your children from My AI, you have a few different options.

The first is to disable My AI within Snapchat. Naturally, Snapchat has made disabling the bot a premium feature, only available to Snapchat+ subscribers. Assuming your child does not already have a Snapchat+ subscription, you can purchase a one-month subscription for $3.99, disable My AI from the Snapchat+ management screen, then cancel the subscription. Users are reporting that once the subscription ends the bot remains disabled, though note that your child can easily re-enable the feature at any time and it cannot be password protected.

Your other options are to either block or limit the use of the entire app from within the settings of your children's phones or to educate your child on the dangers and nature of AI.


What is it?

ChatGPT is one of the most popular AI programs available on the internet. Its sophistication and power make it as formidable as it is fascinating. Glenn had a conversation with ChatGPT, which demonstrated its power and intelligence. It's an AI-powered chatbot and much like other chatbots, it can answer questions, chat, and provide recommendations. It can also write essays, do math worksheets, translate back and forth between many languages, write computer code, and much more. Like My AI, it can be inaccurate at times and has major left-leaning biases. The company responsible for ChatGPT, OpenAI, has other AI tools, such as DALL·E 2, an image creation program that utilizes the same AI as ChatGPT.

If you want to protect your children from ChatGPT, you have a few different options.

The first and most important thing to do is to make sure that your children know that using ChatGPT or any other AI to do homework, write essays or complete tests or quizzes IS CHEATING. There have been multiple stories recently about students using ChatGPT to write papers or do homework and the consequences they faced once they got caught. Long story short, it never ends well for the student. Make sure your children understand that although AIs are not humans, using them to complete school work IS STILL cheating.

If you want to prevent your children from accessing ChatGPT altogether, you can block it along with other websites using your web browser's child settings. Here are instructions on how to block websites for your child on Google Chrome.


What is it?

Replika is an online companion that custom builds an AI "companion," a chatbot with a customizable name and avatar. Though similar to My AI, Replika creates an avatar whose appearance and function is much more lifelike than My AI, and, consequently, more intimate. Replika advertises itself as "The AI companion who cares" and will remember things that are important to you in order to be the perfect "companion."

The app rewards users for time spent talking with their AI companions with points that can be spent on unlocking more clothes, jewelry, hairstyles, accessories, etc., and gives the user the option to skip the points altogether and purchase the digital items with real money, a common tactic in apps and mobile games.

The major thing that sets Replika apart from other chatbots is its ability to "role play," flirt, and send "hot photos." These features, which play a major role in Replika's advertising, are meant to promote Replika's use as a replacement for a "partner."

If you want to protect your children from Replika, you really only have one option.

You can block the app and website on your children's devices. Replika does not have a child mode or any way to disable explicit content, it is either all or nothing.

AI Dungeon

What is it?

AI Dungeon is a spin-off of the popular role-playing game, "Dungeons and Dragons." It's a text-based game where the player chooses or creates a scenario and plays out the scenario with the AI. For example, the player might be cast in the role of a knight and can type out what the knight says and does, and the AI will give text responses to the players' actions in an attempt to create an interactive story.

The game can be played for free, but players can also purchase access to more powerful AI, which in theory creates better stories. Moreover, you can purchase additional game modes. The major concern is that the AI can generate explicit material as well as violent scenarios, which it can describe quite graphically.

If you want to protect your children from AI Dungeon you really only have one option:

You can turn on "safe mode" from within the app settings, but it can easily be deactivated. Your best bet is to block the app on your children's devices.


What is it?

It might surprise you to learn that the algorithm that decides what content gets recommended to you on YouTube is AI-powered. It sorts through millions of videos and decides which ones to recommend to you based on many factors, such as the channels you are subscribed to, your watch history, trending videos, etc. The goal of this AI algorithm is to keep you hooked and watching, which generates ad revenue for YouTube.

YouTube is owned by Google, and both companies have a long track record of left-wing biases, which permeates YouTube's algorithm. This can lead to videos about gun safety being labeled as "promoting violence" and videos of drag queens being promoted to children.

If you want to protect your children from the YouTube algorithm, you have a few different options.

You can set up a YouTube Kids account for your children, which gives you a lot of control over what your child can and can not find and watch on YouTube. Be warned, due to YouTube's left lean, videos such as "Drag Queen Storytime" are still available, though the channels that post them can be blocked.

It might take a while to set up properly, and things may get through the cracks, but you could set up a relatively safe YouTube account for your children. The other option, of course, is to block YouTube on your kids' devices, and web browsers, keeping them from accessing it at all.

It feels like lately hardly a week can go by without some new AI advancement—or warning—making headlines, but unless you have been paying VERY close attention you might believe the power of AI is something relegated to technical institutions or Silicon Valley labs and only accessible by the most highly trained computer wizards. But as Glenn has demonstrated, AI can now be accessed by anyone with internet access and can take many different shapes and forms—not just that of the ominous and awkward ChatBot. In fact, you are probably using AI without even realizing it.

If AI can enter into your life without you realizing it, would you even know if your CHILDREN were interacting with it?

We want to hear from YOU. Do you allow your children to use AI? Do you know if they are? Do you use AI? Are you aware of the many shapes and forms AI can take?

Do you use AI?

Do you allow your children to use AI?

Do you know if your children are using AI?

Did you know that AI is integral to the functions of many social media content recommendation algorithms, including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram?  

Did you know that many messaging platforms your child may be using, like Discord and Snapchat, now have built-in AI chatbots?

Are you aware that AI such as ChatGPT can be easily accessed from any internet browser?

Are you aware that AI such as ChatGPT can be easily used to CHEAT school assignments?

Are you aware that AI applications exist that are meant to replace intimate human relationships and are available on most smartphones?

Are you teaching your children about AI and its potential dangers and misuses?