Outside the bicameral American legislature\u2014and of course, the states\u2014nowhere does partisan politics in American life take centre stage as it does in Hollywood. Actors, producers, studio greats have been known to be avowed Democrats or staunch Republicans, lending their weight to the campaigns of presidential, gubernatorial and even mayoral candidates. With such a thriving and open culture, it shouldn\u2019t have been hard for acting legend Meryl Streep to criticise president-elect Donald Trump\u2014against the backdrop of the latter allegedly mocking a disabled journalist\u2014at this year\u2019s Golden Globe awards. The divide couldn\u2019t have been starker. Streep, who endorsed Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, exhorted the Hollywood fraternity to support the Committee to Protect Journalists, while Republican Trump has been openly scornful of what he terms the \u201clying media\u201d. You May Also Want To Watch: [jwplayer fsykA0Df] Streep went on to make a broader point, saying, \u201cWhen the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.\u201d Trump, who claimed he hadn\u2019t heard the actor\u2019s speech, brushed aside Hollywood as \u201cliberal movie people\u201d and termed Streep a \u201cHillary lover\u201d. What stands out in all this is, while there are sure to be those who are critical of Streep\u2014Trump included\u2014she can still be a politically opinionated person and not have to face a tsunami of backlash that costs her an endorsement deal or a movie signing. Trump acolytes aren\u2019t out as an army of trolls to take her down with threats and abuses. There will be the oddball troll, but none of the vitriol that rained on\u2014while not going into deserved-undeserved debate\u2014say, an Aamir Khan, is there. There is a lesson for healthy, bipartisan politics in Streep\u2019s speech\u2014\u201cDisrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence\u201d. Politicians and their followers alike would do well to pay heed.