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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thank You, Ms Streep, for Speaking from Your Heart to Mine

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.


  1. I so agree with you and Ms. Streep. Working as I do with ppl with intellectual disabilities the performance of our soon to be elected president was disgraceful. God help the US of A once he is in office.

  2. It broke my heart to see Trump's actions towards the reporter. Both of my children have Tourette's Syndrome and although the severity of their tics wax and wane, they struggle every day to appear neuo-typical (my daughter's description). They are both intelligent, accomplished adults whose lives are made more difficult by the kind of ignorance Donald Trump embodies.

  3. Thank you, Phyllis and Katie, it's people like you two who make life worth getting out of bed for.

  4. Hi Lynda...I'm writing on your blog both because I totally agree with you about the ignorance (demonstrated daily) of our president but also because I couldn't get your email to work! You wrote on my blog under Summer Sorbet and I had to thank you...going through another bit of cancer at the to NYC on Wednesday for a lung resection. Hopefully recovery will be swift and I will be back to weaving. Your words warmed my heart! Thank you! Barefootweaver

  5. She is a great actress and a great person ... I admire like she use their public figure to say aloud what so many people too think. I cried with emotion when listening to this great actress, she will always be my favorite and Out of Africa has profoundly marked my whole life ... thaaaaaaanks Ms Streep .......