Meryl Streep has finally retorted back to the comment US president Donald Trump made on the actress, where he tagged the Oscar-winning actress to be "over-rated", following her speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony last month.
The 67-year-old star slammed Trump in her scathing speech while accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award at Globes last month. She took swipes at his divisive rhetoric without naming him as she cautioned against powerful people using their position to "bully others".
The actress while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Greater New York Gala Dinner on Saturday slammed Trump saying, "Yes, I'm the most overrated and over decorated actress".
“Yes, I am the most overrated, over decorated and currently, over berated actress, who likes football, of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?,” she said.
Without mentioning Trump's name, she continued, "Which brings us to now. We should not be surprised that fundamentalists, of every stripe, are exercised, and fuming. We should not be surprised that these profound changes come at a steeper cost than we originally though. If we live through this precarious moment- if his 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 whip of the Executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability."
Streep was honoured at the event for her acting career and also her support of the LGBT community over the years. Streep, during her speech argued that Trump's election imperils gay rights, women's rights, and other civil rights.
"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."
Streep closed her speech with a call to arms for the people who may feel dispossessed and upset over Trump's election.
"We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose," Streep said.