In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep gave a speech that has rocked the Internet. She spoke of Donald Trump and that moment he mocked a disabled member of the press.
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 of out 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.