Meryl Streep's remarkable speech at the Golden Globes made national headlines Monday morning for serving America an honest reminder of its values of diversity, mutual respect, and freedom of the press. "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence," she said. "And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
Streep's speech received a deluge of responses on social media, both positive and negative. Among those who weighed in was Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., who praised the acclaimed actress on Twitter. "#MerylStreep, thanks for reminding us that we should live on what my father called the 'higher plane of dignity and discipline,'" King tweeted, adding the hashtag #MLK at the end.
King's quote of her father is not dissimilar to Michelle Obama's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention last year reminding Americans to rise above the dregs of political debate that so often devolve into insults and name-calling. "When they go low, we go high," Obama said, in a powerful call of action.
The president-elect's unprecedented proclivity to use Twitter as a tool for expressing his opinions has often encouraged the electorate to use social media in the same way: to articulate their unrestrained opinions in ways that can have significant consequences. The portending clash between the incoming administration and progressives has the latter scrambling for effective defense strategies, and reminders like Streep's and Obama's to be better are sure to play an important part.
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