The first lady and first daughter have been slammed by Hollywood star Meryl Streep for failing to speak out against sexual harassment despite being in close proximity to an alleged sexual predator, the US President Donald Trump.
Meryl Streep was speaking out about sexual misconduct in a new interview, and called out two women who have remained silent on the matter despite their proximity to an alleged sexual predator.
‘I don’t want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump . I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say,’ Streep said in an interview with The New York Times.
‘And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.’
Streep also breaks her silence on Dustin Hoffman, confirming a report that claimed the Oscar-winning actor slapped her while they were filming Kramer vs Kramer.
‘This is tricky because when you’re an actor, you’re in a scene, you have to feel free. I’m sure that I have inadvertently hurt people in physical scenes,’ explained Streep.
‘But there’s a certain amount of forgiveness in that. But this was my first movie, and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. And you see it in the movie. It was overstepping.’
‘But I think those things are being corrected in this moment. And they’re not politically corrected; they’re fixed. They will be fixed, because people won’t accept it anymore,’she added.
Streep initially faced harsh criticism for her silence in the days after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke because of her silence, with many assuming she must have been aware of the movie mogul’s sexual misconduct.
She was not aware of the sexual assaults and harassment Weinstein had been committing over the course of four decades she later revealed, and in the interview she discusses the days after The New York Times expose was released.
‘I found out about this on a Friday and went home deep into my own life. And then somebody told me that on Morning Joe they were screaming that I haven’t responded yet. I don’t have a Twitter thing or – handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook,’ said Streep.
‘I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.’