Have you seen this shocking clip of Meryl Streep making fun of a disabled person? Well, unlike the clip of Donald Trump, this one is actually fake.
Meryl Streep telling Conan O’Brien about how she was afraid on the set of the 1985 film Out of Africa (NBC)
Back in 2015, Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter at a campaign event. He flailed his arms around, mimicking Serge Kovaleski from the New York Times. As you probably know, actress Meryl Streep recently condemned Trump (without using his name) for this obscene ridicule at the Golden Globe Awards.
Now, some conspiracy-minded folks have created a new gif of Streep supposedly making fun of someone who’s mentally challenged. The problem, however, is that it’s taken completely out of context.
Radio personality Kayla Vas posted the gif showing Streep just yesterday, and it’s already going viral. Well, in some circles, at least.
But as Twitter user Erik Patterson points out, the clip of Streep actually comes from the 27 July 2009 episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. She was promoting her film Julie & Julia and she was actually talking about filming with a lion in the 1985 film Out of Africa.
You can fast forward to minute 6:12 where she talks about getting terrified working with a lion that had been off its leash.
As you can see from the clip, Streep isn’t making fun of anyone, aside from maybe herself for putting her hands up in shock that the lion, which had previously been on a leash, was now charging towards her.
People have tried to point out to Kayla Vas that the clip is out of context and doesn’t show Streep mocking a disabled person. But Vas doesn’t seem to care, calling anyone who questions it “brainwashed“.
OK, cool, glad we got that sorted out.
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