While making a speech at an LGBTQ gala this week, Meryl Streep once again addressed her views towards Trump, bringing up his tweet calling her “overrated”, and then talking about how her “activism” has made her a target “for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse.”
The AP reported:
She [Streep] noted that she wished she could simply stay home “and load the dishwasher” rather than take a podium to speak out – but that “the weight of all these honors” she’s received in her career compelled her to speak out.
“It’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead,” she said. “And it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to. You have to! You don’t have an option. You have to.”
Streep did not elaborate on the type of attacks she may have been subjected to since her Globes speech, or from whom. The Associated Press reached out to her publicist for details. The term “brownshirts” was first used to describe an early Nazi militia.
Streep also talked about women’s rights, mentioning that past cultures were mostly male dominated, and that finally progress is being made towards equality for women of all races, though it is a slow progress. This led into her appeal that if President Trump doesn’t lead us “to a nuclear winter”, people will at least “woken… up to how fragile freedom really is”.
At the end, Streep made a passionate call for religious liberty – the right, as she said,” to live our lives with God or without Her.”
“All of us have the human right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.
“If you think people were mad,” she closed, “when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until you see when they try to take away our happiness.”