Actress Meryl Streep has called out First Lady Melania Trump and her step-daughter Ivanka for their silence on the #MeToo movement.
Speaking to The New York Times today, 68-year-old Streep said: “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. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
This comes after Streep herself was criticised for her silence in the face of allegations against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who she has worked with on a number of occasions.
Many, with actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan leading the charge, insisted Streep must’ve known about Weinstein’s behaviour and that she chose to remain silent as he victimised countless women over several decades.
Streep has maintained she had no idea Weinstein was a predator.
“I really didn’t know,” Streep told The New York Times. “I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumours about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job. That really raised my hackles. I didn’t know that he was in any way abusing people. He never asked me to a hotel room.”
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Now, it seems, Streep has had enough of hearing about her own silence. She wants to hear from Melania and Ivanka, who have said nothing in the aftermath of the Weinstein allegations.
Nor have they spoken up about another alleged sexual predator – one who they’re standing beside everyday. As has been widely reported, Donald Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by 19 women, yet remains in power, and is currently not under investigation.
If they were to speak, it’s likely they’d have far more to say about #MeToo than anyone.