Meryl Streep took her opportunity on the world stage to express her sadness and outrage at the actions of the President-elect after he publicly mocked a reporter with a disability.
These are her words:
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.
It was that moment when 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. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.
I have spent much of my life working with people with disabilities, including ones like the reporter appears to have. There is no doubt in my mind that the mocking was intentional and the denial prevarication of the highest order. Denial-we're going to be seeing a lot of that coming up...
Michael J Fox has been publicly mocked for his disability too. Same type of person doing the mocking, remember? Wouldn't want that asshole to be my president either.
Thank you, Ms Streep, for saying in a public forum what so many of us have felt in our hearts.
You have become an even bigger hero of mine.