Meryl Streep, I applaud you.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” -Meryl Streep

This week has been weird in the world of social media. The top trending topics have included the Green Bay Packers (which they should be), Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes and then after last night Barack Obama’s farewell (which was beautiful). To be honest, I didn’t watch the Golden Globes because the Packer game was on then Sherlock was on PBS. #priorities

So Monday, I log onto to Facebook and there is this huge outcry or support for stuff Meryl Streep said at the Golden Globes. I watch it and I have to say one thing, “Good for you, Meryl Streep.” In her speech that she could have used to just thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press, her family and friends and others who have supported her up to this point, she decided to make a statement. Whether I agreed with her or not, we should be impressed by her bravado. She took her position and her moment to share something that she felt strongly about. Why is this a bad thing? She has millions of people watching/going to watch her accept basically a lifetime achievement award and she used her moment. Isn’t she using her position for something and shouldn’t we all use our positions to do the same?

Alright. I can’t go any further without acknowledging the response from our President Elect. Disagree with her all you want but please don’t tell me she is overrated as she is being awarded a lifetime achievement award.  In the words of Cam Tucker from Modern Family,

But back on subject. What made me sad was a response that celebrities/the acting community should stay out of politics. Again, really? If people who have a huge platform just stick to their jobs, they essentially are just puppets. I’m not saying acting as an art is that but if we don’t allow them to express individuality that is what it is. I think that we should use our platforms however big or small for something. She stood for what she believed. If this what someone sharing about their faith, we would be applauding their efforts even if the world didn’t like it and we would try to stand up for that person. I applaud Meryl Streep not because I necessarily agreed with her but for what she did. It continues to boggle my mind that then she was attacked as a person, not on what she said. When did this become acceptable? I can disagree with someone but have respect for them as a person. I’m begging us as a generation to call out this junk. Let us debate and discuss topics but lets not lose sight of the fact that we are humans who should be respected.

After all, the only way to come together as a society is to openly and loving exchange ideas.

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