Parsing Meryl’s Speech

Millions of people watched Meryl Streep’s Jan. 8 Golden Globe acceptance speech in which she condemned Donald Trump’s “instinct to humiliate.”

“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart,” said Streep. “Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

Although many with disabilities appreciated Streep’s heartfelt words, Rooted in Right’s Emily Ladau disagrees that having a disability means we’re powerless. “The outrage over the mocking stems from a perception of disabili