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J.K. Rowling has made it her duty to call out Donald Trump

The author fires back at the US president elect's rant against Meryl Streep

By Andrea Tim | Published: 10 Jan 2017

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One of the most powerful moments at Sunday night's Golden Globes festivities was Cecil B. DeMille award recipient Meryl Streep expressing how heartbroken she was that Donald Trump once allegedly mocked a disabled reporter. Wasting no time, Donald took his colourful vocabulary to Twitter and wrote: "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big."

A concerned Twitter user told J.K. Rowling – who we like to think of as our advocate for feminism, and shield against misogyny and anything wholly insulting towards human beings – that the US president elect could lash out at her next.

However, her response was as classy and succinct: "Never forget that some people's good opinion would be more insulting than their abuse!"

The plot thickens; J.K. also made her stand a little more official than before, calling it a "duty" to call out Donald Trump where necessary.

Yes, J.K.!

At the Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday night, Meryl had this to say about Donald's alleged offence.

"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. 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, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."

Meanwhile, Donald remains as adamant as ever that he never intended to insult the reporter. He continued in his tweet: "For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but showed him 'grovelling' when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"

You know what would really be dishonest? To say that we weren't half terrified, half amused when Meryl Streep once played Donald Trump onstage.

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