If you haven’t seen this yet, give it a watch.
I always cringe a little when celebrities speak out on political and social issues, even when (as is often the case) I agree with them. And Streep’s joke about the audience at the Golden Globes being the “most vilified group” in America today fell a bit flat for me, for obvious reasons.
But her comments about Trump’s mocking “performance” imitating a disabled reporter during one of his stump speeches were right on:
This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.
Naturally, Trump has responded in his characteristic manner:
Dude, just stop. It’s embarrassing. We all saw what you did.