Award-winning actress Meryl Streep joined Tom Hanks for a New York Times interview on the “Me Too” movement published Wednesday.
The “Me Too” movement was launched in the aftermath of Hollywood sexual abuse scandals like the Harvey Weinstein case. It has been a rallying cry for women claiming sexually harassment or abuse by men in power.
The Hollywood doyenne, currently appearing with Hanks in “The Post,” a film lionizing the exploits of the Washington Post, had some deflective comments for the Times regarding the “Me Too” movement, and addressed perceptions that she was complicit in the sexual exploitation that occurred in the industry over decades.
“What do you make of the fact, though, that people are waiting for you to speak?” she was asked by Times reporter Cara Buckley.
“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” she responded. “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
Streep implored Melania and Ivanka Trump to speak out more vocally on the “me too” movement, implying that their voices are considered to be more impactful; but this is obviously a backhanded salvo at the White House in lieu of a direct, honest answer. Streep can be read to be implying that Donald Trump is abusive, a common narrative on the left, as displayed by the “Free Melania” meme.
Meryl Streep also responded to a question about her alleged victimhood in Hollywood.
“What have you experienced over the years and how have you dealt with it?” she was asked.
“I have experienced things, mostly when I was young and pretty,” she replied. “Nobody comes on to me [now]. So I wouldn’t have had that more recently. But back in the day, when everybody was doing cocaine, there was a lot of [expletive] behavior that was inexcusable. But now that people are older, and more sober, there has to be forgiveness, and that’s the way I feel about it.”
Meryl Streep was attacked publicly by leading “Me Too” voice Rose McGowan, who accused Streep of being a “hypocrite” and slammed her for continuing to work for Weinstein.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” McGowan said in a now-deleted tweet.
McGowan also took her to task for calling Weinstein’s actions “disgraceful” instead of a “crime.”
“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend,” she said at the time, “but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.”
“I wasn’t deliberately silent,” she continued. “I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”
Twitter, of course, responded to the Streep story with ferocious criticism.
Wow #MerylStreep is not very good at deflecting😬
— Michelle (@bichonscot1) January 3, 2018
Watch Meryl Streep stand up and applaud child rapist Roman Polanski for winning the Oscar for Directing. Says it all. https://t.co/EBXqWYKaL7
— NYC EMS Watch (@NYCEMSwatch) January 3, 2018
Wow Meryl you just created another empty seat in the movie theater.
— Mimismom (@ciparro) January 3, 2018
Meryl you were NOT silent! YOU are the one on international television at another hubris function who warmly smiled at Harvey Weinstein (the everyone knew Hollywood Sexual Predator) and said he is "GOD"
Your deflection by mentioning our beloved FLOTUS is outrageous even for you.
— mhdude1 (@Mhdude1Mhdude1) January 3, 2018
Meryl Streep might do well to avoid dragging politicians and their families into her own fights, because Melania and Ivanka Trump have nothing to do with questions surrounding her perceived silence on sexual exploitation in Hollywood. Streep should stick with acting, as she winds down her long career in what has become a disreputable industry.
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