Twitter Reactions: Meryl Streep Slams Harvey Weinstein Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Twitter Reactions Meryl Streep Harvey Weinstein

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Twitter Reactions Meryl Streep Harvey Weinstein

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Twitter is reacting to Meryl Streep slamming frequent collaborator Harvey Weinstein over his alleged decades of sexual harassment. The actress had been criticized for remaining silent about the controversy, but she released a statement Monday insisting she was “appalled” by the producer’s “abuse of power.” See reaction tweets below.

As Gossip Cop reported, The New York Times published an article last week detailing decades of sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein. It was announced Sunday night that The Weinstein Company’s board of directors voted to fire the mogul from the studio he co-founded. Many celebrities reacted to the allegations against Weinstein when the report first emerged, but Streep wasn’t initially among them, despite having a long working history with the producer. The actress starred in several Weinstein Company productions, including August: Osage County, The Iron Lady and The Giver. She also appeared in several movies from Weinstein’s former company, Miramax, and jokingly referred to him as “God” at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

But Streep broke her silence Monday, releasing a statement to The Huffington Post expressing her disgust and shock at the allegations. “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” the actress wrote. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

Streep continued, “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts.” She added, “And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it. The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

Twitter is divided on Streep’s statement, with many accusing the actress of being disingenuous. One person wrote, “Meryl Streep says she ‘didn’t know’ about Weinstein? Remember what she does for a living, people. She’s an actor. I don’t believe her.” Another user similarly said, “Meryl Streep just gave her biggest performance EVER! Oscar for being only one in Hollywood unaware of the biggest open secret in Hollywood.” “Meryl Streep’s statement is a self-serving exoneration of Hollywood,” thought another person. One user wrote, “Meryl Streep is lying. She, of all people, was in a position to do something about it and remained silent. Her statement is disgraceful.” And another offered, “Much like the .@NFL agreeing to stand now, when endorsements are at risk, the Meryl Streep statement on Weinstein is meaningless when forced.”

However, there were others praising and defending Streep for speaking out. One person noted, “Twitter has gone from criticizing Meryl Streep for not speaking out to criticizing her for not condemning Weinstein ‘correctly.'” Another said, “I believe that Meryl Streep did not know. She doesn’t operate in day to day Hollywood. They have people who do that.” One person expressed, “I absolutely do not hold Meryl Streep responsible in any way for Weinstein’s behavior and I don’t think she was obligated to speak at all.” “Glad Meryl Streep condemned Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting behavior. Hope more big stars come out, especially men,” offered another user. And one fan tweeted, “Meryl Streep is an icon! Forever love that woman.”

Meanwhile, some celebrities also weighed in on Streep’s statement about Weinstein. Emmy Rossum simply said, “Bravo.” And Jessica Chastain wrote, “Im sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior.” Gossip Cop will update as more Hollywood stars react to Streep slamming the producer.

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