You guys, I’m almost afraid to talk about this video. How can words do it justice?
I’m just going to list the facts and trust that you will understand why it’s all so meaningful. (Special thanks to Joe Reid for calling this masterpiece to my attention.)
(1) This is the final performance from a 1990 special called An Evening With Friends of the Environment.
(2) It’s a performance of “What a Wonderful World” featuring Meryl Streep, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Cher, Lily Tomlin, and Olivia Newton-John
(3) In her introductory statement, Meryl calls this performance “an anthem of hope for our beautiful, beautiful planet”
(4) From :09-:11, Meryl serves the classic “aw shucks” realness that makes her the finest jewel in America’s crown
(5) Meryl calls all these women “her girlfriends,” implying that after the show, they’ll head to Outback for a Bloomin’ Onion
(6) Meryl’s skirt is apparently made from tissue paper, and she pairs it with ecru cowboy boots
(7) Oh, excuse me, Bette Midler sounds amazing.
(8) At 1:26, Meryl puts some stank on the end of her verse.
(9) “An anthem of hope for our beautiful, beautiful planet”
(10) Olivia Newton-John’s dress implies she is auditioning for Big Love, even though the series is more than 15 years away.
(11) At 2:18, Goldie Hawn imitates a slide whistle with startling accuracy, and she accompanies this noise with the scrunchiest face you’ll ever see.
(12) Cher and Lily Tomlin don’t get a solo, but neither seems furious.
(13) As these things must, the number ends with several small girls delivering flowers to the assembled ladies.
(14) “An anthem of hope for our beautiful, beautiful planet”
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. This video is going to make him explode into a glitter rainbow.