Meryl Streep stuns with commonsense; slams term ‘toxic masculinity…women can be pretty f-ing toxic too’

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Actress Meryl Streep appears to have broken from the liberal Hollywood pack over the term “toxic masculinity.”

The Trump-bashing, left-leaning three-time Oscar winner actually made sense when she complained that, not only can any gender display toxic behavior, but the use of the term could be harmful to young boys.

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“Sometimes I think we’re hurt. We hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity. I do,” Streep said during a talk hosted by Vanity Fair, according to the Independent.

“And I don’t find [that] putting those two words together … because women can be pretty f***ing toxic,” she said during the Q&A for the upcoming second season of “Big Little Lies” which now includes Streep as a new cast member.

The topic came up when discussing how a male fan told actress Nicole Kidman that he enjoyed the show.

“It’s toxic people,” Streep said, asserting that it is individual people who can be toxic, not an entire gender. “We have our good angles and we have our bad ones.”

“I think the labels are less helpful than what we’re trying to get to, which is a communication, direct, between human beings. We’re all on the boat together. We’ve got to make it work,” the 69-year star added.

According to the Independent:

Toxic masculinity refers to certain behaviours and attitudes commonly associated with men that are perceived as being harmful, such as repressing emotion and acting in an aggressive manner.

The Good Men Project, an initiative which aims to encourage an “international conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century”, describes toxic masculinity as a form of manhood that’s “defined by violence, sex, status and aggression”.


The Hollywood icon has been a vocal critic of President Trump,  taking on the president after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Golden Globes show. The president fired back at Streep calling her an “over-rated” actress and a “Hillary flunky.”

Last year Streep told “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, that she was “scared” by Trump and his thoughts about his adult children, Eric Trump, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, in light of the then-ongoing investigation by Robert Mueller.

Her surprising take on the label of toxic masculinity, however, caused a stir on social media as Twitter users thought hell must have finally frozen over.


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