Meryl Streep has called out US First Lady Melania Trump for not speaking out about the #MeToo movement.
“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 said
She said this in an interview she was doing along with her co-star Tom Hanks. The actor also responded to criticism that was levied against her for not saying more.
She said she didn’t know about his (Harvey Weinstein) sexual harassment. “I don’t have a Twitter thing or — handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook. I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.”
Streep also said that she has gone through some amount of negative experiences. “I have experienced things, mostly when I was young and pretty. Nobody comes on to me [now],” she said.
Meryl Streep was criticised for not saying more.
Rose McGowan has criticised Meryl Streep after news that actors, including Streep, are planning to wear black at the Golden Globes. Actors are planning to wear black to protest sexual harassment in the industry. She said that she happily worked for Weinstein and didn’t say anything.
“I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted,” Streep had said in response to the criticism.
Her comments asking the first lady to speak out have got negative responses on social media.
Meryl Streep, “I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” when asked about sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. How about you just BE silent if you can’t cop up to your hypocrisy yet attack Melania & Ivanka Trump.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) January 3, 2018
In a related story, Meryl Streep once called Harvey Weinstein her "God." And then she says this: "I don’t want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump … She has so much that’s valuable to say & so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now."
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) January 3, 2018
Used to love Meryl Streep. Think she’s best actress of a generation. Her hypocrisy over Weinstein & anti-Republican comments have made me not want to see The Post. Has Hollywood being so open about politics affected your desire to see new movies?
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) December 27, 2017
Over 200 Hollywood actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to fight sexual harassment in the film industry. ‘Time’s Up’ is a call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. Streep is also a part of it and will be wearing black at the Golden Globes in protest of sexual harassment.