For many, Meryl Streep is a Hollywood heroine. She isn’t afraid to stand up for women’s rights and speak out for what she believes in, and has spent her life doing so. Now, to point out a few big accomplishments:
In the 90’s Meryl starred in First Do No Harm to raise awareness for the Ketogenic Diet, a high fat, low carb diet that works to minimize the occurrence of seizures in pediatric epilepsy cases. With the donation of earnings from this film, a fund called Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy was started.
Starting in 2011, she also contributes her time as a board member for the National Women’s History Museum.
Also, in 2012, Queen Streep started a campaign called Draw the Line. The campaign allows individuals to share their personal stories, explaining why reproductive rights were important to them, to take a stand for women’s rights, and to make their own decisions regarding what they do with their bodies, including abortion.
“I am a humanist, I am for nice, easy balance.”
Tonight at the Golden Globe Awards, Meryl Streep won the Cecile B. DeMille award, an honorary Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievements. Streep received a standing ovation after giving her acceptance speech, which slaughtered President-elect Trump.
Hollywood is made up of people from different areas of the world who all have one thing in common; they are great at performing and enjoy entertaining others. In response to Trump’s statements about deporting foreign citizens from the U.S., Streep said:
“Where are their birth certificates?” She also added, “If you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
She then called out The Donald for his contribution to “many powerful performances this year” by reminding viewers that the man who is soon-to-be in control of our country, mocked a disable reporter. He used power, privilege, and the ability to fight back to bully this handicapped reporter. Meryl emotionally said,“It kind of broke my heart.”
She went out with a bang by recalling what Carrie Fisher had previously told her: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Watch the whole speech below, courtesy of YouTube:
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