“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,” Streep said. “Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.”
She never mentioned Trump’s name, but she was referring to a 2015 Trump speech where he mocked a physically disabled New York Times reporter by flailing his arms.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
She went on to express her disdain for everything Trump stands for.
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.” In a nutshell, she believes that “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Celebrities both in and out of attendance at the Globes expressed their support for Streep, but as unexpected as her speech was, the backlash from Trump was very much expected. In a series of tweets, he called Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
What’s funny is back in 2015, when asked by a reporter about actresses he admires, he quoted, “Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too.”
What can we learn from this spectacle? Three things we already know, but might have forgotten:
1. Always be brave enough to rock the boat.
Speaking out against the most powerful man in the country (and arguably, the entire world) takes a special kind of courage. In our smaller daily interactions, let’s try to practice expressing our justified opinion–especially if people might benefit for the better–no matter what the consequences may be. Why? Because keeping quiet might do more harm.
2. With great power comes great responsibility.
Spiderman might have said it first, but we’ll say it again–the more influence you have, like if you’re as insanely famous and credible as Meryl Streep, the more you have to be careful of your effect on others. If you have any sort of influence amongst your group of friends, your workplace, or your community, you have to shine bright like a diamond. Be a positive inspiration!
3. You are more than your gender.
As women, especially as fashionable women, we tend to value our external appearance. We dread growing white hair, wrinkles and belly fat. We take care of our hair, our nails, our clothes. But the sooner we realize that we are more than women–that we are humans capable of real influence–the sooner we’ll be happier.
So now that you’re feeling much fiercer,