Actress Meryl Streep has renewed her harsh criticism of US President Donald Trump and his policies, stressing the need to stand up to what she called "brownshirts and bots and worse".
Meryl Streep, on why she speaks out. pic.twitter.com/7MLhA8qdEG— Raymond Braun 🏳️🌈 (@raymondbraun) February 12, 2017
"These words come from my life, my convictions, and that I have to stand by." - Meryl Streep pic.twitter.com/6RgSiYv732— Raymond Braun 🏳️🌈 (@raymondbraun) February 12, 2017
In a speech to the annual gala of the Human Rights Campaign in New York on Saturday night, a leading national LGBT group, the award-winning actress also jokingly referred to Mr Trump's description of her as overrated - saying she is actually "over-berated" right now.
Meryl Streep pays tribute to LGBTQ pioneers and those on the front lines of fighting for civil rights. pic.twitter.com/J6PdfbVTDm— Raymond Braun 🏳️🌈 (@raymondbraun) February 12, 2017
After first criticising Trump at the Golden Globes in January, Streep also said the new president has awakened the country to how fragile freedom really is.
In remarks that occasionally turned tearful, Streep, who received her 20th Oscar nomination in January, said the weight of all her honours compels her to speak out, despite the fact that it goes against her natural instincts to do so.