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    Julia Child Hated Meryl Streep, and Vice Versa

    By kyle | August 30, 2009

    Despite the lefty tone of the new Nora Ephron movie “Julie & Julia,” Julia Child was a bit of conservative when it comes to eating, arguing that food, in fact, is not your enemy. Radical!
    “She despised activists who terrified people about the safety of their food,” says someone who knew her. Moreover, she specifically hated — guess who? — Meryl Streep, for her role in stirring up a phony “60 Minutes” controversy over Alar in apples in the 1980s. (Don Hewitt himself later regretted having run the piece.) For this, Streep has denounced Child as a tool of big corporations. The whole story is here.

    Topics: Books, Food, History, Movies, Politics | 16 Comments »

    16 Responses to “Julia Child Hated Meryl Streep, and Vice Versa”

    1. KS Says:
      August 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

      I remember Julia Child praising McDonald’s french fries and noting that McDonald’s had standards.

    2. kishke Says:
      August 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

      Streep says: “she really resisted making a connection between the high fat diet of a heavily laden cordon bleu-influenced cuisine and cholesterol levels”

      And of course Child was right, as has now become increasingly evident. Streep should read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.

      In fact, it is big corporations who backed and still back the anti-cholesterol studies, b/c they profit from the widespread use of the cheap vegetable oils and shortenings that have replaced butter and other saturated fats. So it’s actually Streep who was the tool of the corporations.

    3. SQT Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 2:26 am

      I’d say Streep is a tool and leave it at that.

    4. Jim Lakely Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 3:00 am

      Child praised McDonald’s french fries? I love and respect her even more.

      Having no love for Streep is also a plus. I liked “Julie and Julia” despite the injection of politics BECAUSE of Streep’s wonderful performance. Thanks for ruining it, Ms. Streep.

      When will liberals in Hollywood just shut up and act!?

    5. susan Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 7:25 am

      Streep is a useful idiot tool for the most hideous of Big Corporations, Hollywood.

      Are the useful idiots even aware that Hollywood and it’s own commercial green shoots are responsible for selling the soap.

      If we all simply stopped buying what Hollywood sells then 95% of the crap would go away.

    6. Elizabeth Bennet Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 7:50 am

      I was unaware that Streep receives her monney from her backyard antics.

      This obsession with Commiewood and corporations.
      When they themselves rake in the cash from big corporations. What hypocrites they all are.

      Healthcare, for serfs but not for thee.

    7. Scott Jacobs Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 9:23 am

      She loves french fries, was a spy and agent provocateur, and when she dropped a bird during a the recording of her show, instead of editing it out (like anyone else would have) and pretending like it never happened, she picked it up and said “The guests will never know”.

      Yeah, she was pretty much the perfect woman.

    8. Angie Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 9:42 am

      Meryl Streep is just a tool. She needs to remember she is an ACTRESS, that’s all. I love Julia Child and Amy Adams, but I won’t spend my money to suffer through Meryl Streep.

    9. Kerry Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 9:44 am

      This is why actors should stick to acting: with extremely rare exceptions they don’t know anything else, and seem to be incapable of learning anything that doesn’t conform to their odd notions of the world around them.

    10. david123 Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 10:18 am

      McDonalds does have the best french fries.

    11. beth Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 10:27 am

      Her disdain didn’t stop her from portraying her and accepting a large check for her work from, ahem, a big corporation.

    12. Dave M Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 11:10 am

      I still say we should strip all the Socialist Hollywood idiots’ money, credit, and assets from them and use it all to pay down the deficit. then we should strip them down to their underwear and drop them on a beach somewhere in Cuba…

    13. JB Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 11:12 am

      I was going to spend my money to watch the movie but now because of Streep’s big mouth I’ve decided to spend my money elsewhere. When will actors learn to keep their views to themselves and do their jobs.

    14. Tony A. Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

      Meryl Streep is a tool.

    15. david Says:
      August 7th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      McDonalds french fries are/were legendary. Julia praised the fries when they were fried in beef fat. She didn’t prefer the current fries that use vegetable oil that nutritional terrorists sued McDonalds to use. Unfortunately, the fries are healthier using beef fat.

    16. Sue Says:
      April 19th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Agree with all the above. Julia Child was wonderful, a real person with a real life. Streep wouldn’t know what that was if it bit her on the nose…just another ignorant actor with a big mouth.