Previously, on #MerylStreep Vs #DonaldTrump, the Oscar-winning actress took the President to task in a rousing speech at the #GoldenGlobes. Trump fired back over Twitter, calling her "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood".
He never gave a definitive list of over-rated actresses, so we're not entirely sure how low he actually ranks her.
Streep isn't waiting for him to elaborate on that, however, as she's already taken center stage for another exciting episode in their public feud.
The Sequel: Overrated And Over-Berated
At a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign on February 11, Streep delivered another rousing speech about the turbulence many people are experiencing during Trump's first few weeks in the White House.
Streep, who received the organisation's Ally for Equality Award, claimed that his election jeopardizes civil rights across the board, saying:
"If you think people got mad when the thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until they come and try to take away our happiness".
This particular remark earned a two-minute long standing ovation. She went on to promise:
"We're not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are".
Many supporters of Trump have declared that his recent executive orders are both constitutional and morally sound, slating the opposition as overly-sensational. Streep continued to go against that pro-Trump grain, addressing the worst fears that some have started harboring:
"If we live through this precarious moment. If [Trump's] catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn't lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is".
The terror of nuclear conflict might yet be unrealistic, but it remains a concern for many. America is still the only nation to have ever used nuclear weaponry during a time of war, and #DonaldTrump is arguably one of the country's most unpredictable Presidents. That's not a great mix.
Nobody is forecasting nuclear winter just yet, but we've all seen The Terminator, and none of us wants to get caught in a time loop.
Streep went on to use Trump's earlier insults to drive her point home:
"I am the most overrated and most over-decorated and currently — currently — I am the most over-berated actor...of my generation".
Her closing comments tackled the issue of separating Church and the State, which followed Trump's controversial Muslim ban:
“We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose. There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love, and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies. As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, LGBTQ. All of us have the human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
Future Of The Franchise
Will Trump ever tell us exactly who is the most overrated actress in Hollywood? Will Streep be sporting road leathers when she steps up into her messianic role of wasteland Queen after the nukes drop? Will anyone see through the metaphor to reveal the existential terror lurking within?
We'll have to wait and see.
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Check out the full speech in the video below.