Meryl Streep Vows to Stand Up to ‘Brownshirts and Bots’ in New Anti-Trump Speech

Meryl Streep spoke on Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York Gala in New York City. (Credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Meryl Streep spoke on Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York Gala in New York City. (Credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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Meryl Streep, in a fiery speech criticizing President Trump on Saturday night, pledged to stand up against “brownshirts and bots” at a time when she and others are increasingly denouncing his administration’s policies and the president himself.

Ms. Streep, in New York City accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, referred to the backlash she received after the Golden Globes in January, when she gave a speech denouncing Mr. Trump.

“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,” Ms. Streep said. “You have to. You don’t have an option. You have to.”

It was not immediately clear to whom Ms. Streep was referring in using the loaded term “brownshirts,” which was originally applied to a paramilitary group that assisted the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The speech was an even more stinging rebuke of Mr. Trump than her Golden Globes speech. She seemed to relish a new type of role: Trump provocateur. Although this time, Ms. Streep was without a national television audience. She took a moment to respond directly to Mr. Trump, who called her “overrated” in the midst of a barrage of posts on Twitter the morning after the Golden Globes.

“I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, overberated actress, who likes football, of my generation,” Ms. Streep said.

The crowd applauded wildly.

Ms. Streep was receiving the National Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Near the beginning of her acceptance speech, she addressed, initially in a lighthearted way, one of the most controversial parts of her Golden Globes speech.

“I do like football,” Ms. Streep said, to a roar of laughter from the crowd at the Waldorf Astoria.

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The New York Times