While accepting an award at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep decided to speak out against Donald Trump. Without mentioning the President of the United States by name, Streep spoke about being broken hearted after watching him mock a disabled reporter.
Mr Trump used his Twitter account to respond, calling Streep “overrated” – despite having called her “excellent” and “a fine person” in 2015.
Streep decided to call out Mr Trump once again, this time at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Greater New York Gala Dinner.
“‘Evil prospers when good men do nothing’… ain’t that the truth,” Streep said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “We shouldn’t be surprised that fundamentalists, of all stripes, everywhere, are exercised and fuming. We shouldn’t be surprised that these profound changes come at a much steeper cost than it seems would lie true in the 20th century. We shouldn’t be surprised if not everyone is totally down with it.
“But if we live through this precarious moment… if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank this President for because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is.
“The whip of the Executive can, through a Twitter feed, lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimise the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.”
She then addressed his “overrated” comments with a joke, saying: “Yes, I am the most overrated, over-decorated, and currently, over-berated actress of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?”
Steep appeared at the Gala to receive the Ally for Equality Award, which is given to those who voice help for the LGBTQ community.
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