Meryl Streep has officially applied to trademark her name, according to some leaked documents that surfaced online last week.
The trademark would protect the name “Meryl Streep” and make the actress the only person legally allowed to use her name in public appearances and performances, including autographs, entertainment segments, and “live, televised, and movie appearances.”
According to her application, the name “Meryl Streep” has been associated with the actress for over four decades. It was first introduced into public vernacular when she was a student getting her masters in fine art at Yale in 1975.
But I find all of this to be just a shade confusing. Sure, Meryl Streep is a household name. She’s someone I could mention to both my younger cousin and my grandfather and they’d know who I’m talking about. But her recent trademark application begs the question — just how many people are trying to be Meryl Streep?
Now I know when you’re famous are a lot of people try to come for you. They want a cut of the profit, a slice of the high life. But how many people actually admire Meryl Streep? How many of them are trying to book Streep impersonators just to make a buck? It might be a lucrative time to be a Trump impersonator (it’s even brought B-list actors out of their depths of despair), but I don’t know many people trying to copy the Streep brand.
And who could blame them? She’s not doing anything revolutionary or mind boggling enough for people to try. Everyone is trying to take Melania Trump down. That’s not something specific to Meryl Streep’s brand. And there are plenty of women whose net worth is less than $100 million. Plenty of people have Oscars, plenty of people have poor taste in glasses.
Can someone please escort Meryl Streep to the nearest optometrist to get her glasses adjusted pic.twitter.com/S9OqqVTodn
— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) January 24, 2018
When you really stop to think about it, Meryl Streep is just your average Joe. Nobody’s trying to be her.
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