“Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it.”
–What I wouldn’t give to have a direct line to Morrissey like The Daily Beast must. I’d love to just call Morrissey up and be like, “So what do you think of the latest episode of ‘Louie’?” (“Charged by negativity.”) Or, “What’s your take on pop tarts?” (“A terror without an atom of humanity.”) Today, The Daily Beast published Morrissey’s thoughts on the passing of Margaret Thatcher. (Analysis: He’s dancing on her grave.) I mean, this is the guy who wrote “Margaret On The Guillotine” about the late British Prime Minister. Sample lyric: “The kind people / Have a wonderful dream / Margaret on the guillotine / When will you die?” His whole screed is worth a read, if only for its succinct analysis of all that was wrong with Thatcher and her record of political and social injustices. Though there will certainly be those for whom such remarks have come too soon. [The Daily Beast]
“Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. 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. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled 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.”
— Here’s Meryl Streep, who portrayed former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film “The Iron Lady,” remembering the politician, who died today at age 87.
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Breaking news this morning: Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, has passed away from a stroke, her spokesperson confirmed. Thatcher was 87. [Sky News]
Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd
Margaret Thatcher was prime minister of the United Kingdom the year I was born (that would be 1984) and remained squired away as a footnote in my memory under “Scary Conservative ’80s Politicians (SEE: Ronald Reagan).” I read several British newspapers and I know, nowadays, that “Thatcherite” is used as an insult. But I also knew that Margaret Thatcher — like Hillary Clinton, like Angela Merkel — was a pioneering woman in the field of politics who deserves my respect and perhaps even admiration. To see Margaret Thatcher brought to life in “The Iron Lady” by Meryl Streep was, for this liberal feminist, an absolute treat.
And if you couldn’t care less about Margaret Thatcher? You should still know “The Iron Lady” will snatch up all sorts of Oscars: possibly one for best picture, possibly one for best director, possibly one for best screenplay, possibly one for best actress, possibly one for best supporting actor, and most certainly one for hair/makeup.
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Captain Obvious says: Meryl Streep is amazing. Here she is in the first trailer for “The Iron Lady,” in which she steps into Margaret Thatcher’s very sensible heels. In this clip, her aides try to spruce-up her image by telling her to loose her hat, pearls, and high voice. Her response? “I may be persuaded to hand over the hat. The pearls, however, are absolutely non-negotiable.” Love it. [NextMovie.com] Keep reading »
Meryl Streep is a better actress in this one still photo from the upcoming Margaret Thatcher biopic, “The Iron Lady,” than Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Anne Hathaway in all of their films combined. Sit down and learn, bitches. Damn. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »