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Meryl Streep onstage at the Women in the World Summit in London on October 8, 2015.

Football is OK, though

Meryl Streep denounces ‘brownshirts’ during anti-Trump speech

February 13, 2017

Just a few short weeks after censuring then-President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep gave another impassioned speech against the president while accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group.

“The whip of the executive can through a Twitter feed lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic irregularity and easily provoked predictability,” she said, according to The New York Times.

Streep, who was honored with the National Ally for Equality Award, also described the backlash she received after her Golden Globes speech. “It’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead, 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 to feel you have to,” she said. “You have to. You don’t have an option. You have to.”

Her choice of words was undeniably inflammatory; the term “brownshirts” refers, historically, to the semi-militarized wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party.

Streep then went on to assuage a concern that has been raised by her detractors: she doesn’t hate football. During her Globes speech, she opined that “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” The comment incited the ire of conservatives and football fans, who can now rest assured that Streep bears no ill will toward the sport.

“I do like football,” she said, simply.

Read the full story at The New York Times.



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