There are three good reasons why Hollywood actors should stick to what they do best. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

I disagree with President-elect Trump: Meryl Streep is not “overrated.” That was his typical childish comeback to being attacked. Streep is an unbelievably gifted actress. But that is, of course, where her energy should remain.

I can’t remember which actress it was who said she was told early on in her career to never talk politics, but it is excellent advice for someone who plans to be in the entertainment industry. There are three good reasons why Hollywood actors should stick to what they do best.

1. The power of fame is so far-reaching that an actor’s words can literally change hearts and minds. That is not as it should be, but it’s how it is. Which means every time an actor opens his mouth, he must weigh what he wants to say with the effect it’s going to have. After all, some actors do this when choosing whether or not to take on a role. Why would it be any different when it comes to politics? It’s simply too much influence thrown in the wrong direction.

2. The world actors live in in no way represents reality. I don’t care how Streep made it seem —”But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places” — it is not reality. It’s make-believe. Hollywood folks pretend for a living. I’m not saying the work, if it’s quality, isn’t difficult or deep or wonderful. It is. And it’s great for the rest of us who want to zone out from the real world for a spell. But it’s still fantasy. The everyday bubble they live in is no more real than the characters they represent on the screen.

3. Ninety-nine percent of Hollywood represents the nation’s biggest Kool-Aid drinkers. Almost all of them are in bed with Democrats and are entirely out of touch with the millions of citizens who voted Trump into office. In the mind of Hollywood elites, the white working poor might as well not exist (unless they vote Democrat). Thinking in a manner that includes everyone, even Republicans, is impossible for them. They literally don’t see anyone who isn’t in their world unless they’re black, Muslim, gay or mentally challenged. To the Hollywood elite, that’s where the country begins and ends.

Suzanne Venker is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. She is an author, Fox News contributor, and trustee of Leading Women for Shared Parenting. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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