Tidbits of Arabic News translated into English

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saoirse Ronan and other Oscar contenders

The BBC Arabic did program about female contenders for Oscar honors later this month. They focused on female contenders in light of the #MeToo movement. So I think they started talking about Harry Weinstein, but then they quickly switched to interviews with the director and cast of "Ladybird", and then with Meryl Streep. Can you believe all those big names are doing interviews with the Arabic news?!

They started off with Greta Gerwig, who directed "Ladybird". Have you seen it? I have not. But I like what the director said. She was talking about how much or how little the film is based on her own life. It's about a teenaged girl in high school. But lots of people like the film. Greta Gerwig said: "The more specific you make a story, the more universal it is."

Then they talked to Saoirse Ronan, the actress playing the teenage girl. Saoirse has had a profound impact on my life, for reasons too addle-brained to explain. So watched her pop up on the BBC Arabic was quite something!

Then finally, here's the BBC Arabic man interviewing Meryl Streep about her movie, "The Post". They also started talking about #MeToo. She said: Maybe what women want is not empowerment; just inclusion. 50-50% at the top levels, at the board rooms, etc. It makes the world wacky when it's out of balance. If women aren't at the leadership level, then you can't blame men for thinking women are something less.

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