Like it or not, Donald Trump is the president-elect os the United States. In a matter of days, he will be the President; arguably the most powerful office in the world, and definitely the most powerful office in the United States. Last weekend at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep made it clear that she does not like it. During her speech, she called out Trump for bullying a disabled reporter. He still insists that it didn’t happen, despite video evidence of the incident.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart. 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,” Streep said.
“It was the moment where the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.”
She continued, “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everybody’s life because it gives permission for other people to do the same. Disrespect invited disrespect, violence incites violence, and when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Trump’s response, as is his response to anyone disagreeing with him or calling him out, was to throw a twitter tantrum. But, here’s the thing: Meryl Streep stood up for someone and this is something each of us will need to continue in the current political climate. Bullying is unacceptable, no matter who you are.