In the slew of sexual harassment allegations that stemmed from Harvey Weinstein allegations several months ago, women from Washington to Hollywood are demanding justice. Men in positions of power have been rejected by society, taken down from their posts and publicly shamed.
Women came together to say “No Moore” in defense of the victims of Roy Moore. An entire social movement of #MeToo went viral, and women used their platforms in the media to speak out against sexual harassment.
Meryl Streep is one of the actresses who has publicly condoned Predator Trump and his actions. At the 2017 Golden Globes, Streep delivered a speech calling for “transparency, empathy, respect, and inclusion” during the Trump presidency.
However, Streep has been called out by Rose McGowan, a street artist, and others. Streep has been accused of being in cahoots with Weinstein, ignoring the truth and continuing her work with him, all the while saying nothing.
Streep has denied that she knew about the allegations. In fact, when the news about Weinstein broke, Streep released a statement strongly condoning his behavior.
The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes, … The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.
However, McGowan did not believe that was enough. She even publicly attacked Streep once more after it was announced that actresses would wear black in protest to the Golden Globes. A street artist began posting signs alluding to the fact that Streep knew about Weinstein:
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 23, 2017
Streep responded: “I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”
Now, Streep has turned the spotlight onto Melania and Ivanka Trump for remaining silent. In an interview with The New York Times about her movie, The Post, Streep said it shouldn’t be about her own silence, but rather that of Melania Trump’s: “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.”
Melania has remained silent on all of the sexual harassment allegations, especially ones against the Trumpster Fire. Her only real involvement with social news has been her anti-bullying campaign, if it could even be called a campaign. The only time she mentioned anything about sexual harassment was in defending Trump’s “locker room” talk about grabbing and kissing women.
Ivanka has publicly condoned sexual harassment, particularly against Roy Moore. She has also spoke about women’s empowerment at a summit and sexual harassment at the workplace in Japan. However, she also supported the repeal of an initiative from the Obama-era that combated the gender wage gap.
The spotlight of blame seems to be swinging from woman to woman, and it just hurts the cause. Everyone should read Backlash by Susan Faludi.