Monday, January 9, 2017

Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech - The New York Times

Donald Trump not mocking a disabled reporter

The most disturbing fact about the 2016 election is that over 60 million people voted for Trump, rationalizing somehow his deplorable behavior.  The biggest question is will those voters ever search their consciences and admit that they should be ashamed for electing a man to lead us who behaves in a way that breaks every rule that Mr. Rogers taught us in kindergarten.  - gwc
Meryl Streep: "But 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, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."
Despite Trump's denial the video is unmistakable.
Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech - The New York Times

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