Today, Meryl Streep received her 20th Academy Award nomination, a Best Actress nod for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. With this latest mention, Streep broke the record for most Oscar nominations, again, and she chose to respond to this historic moment in the most appropriate of ways: a perfectly memeable, memorable GIF.
Streep has become one of America’s most iconic actresses, and she’s certainly on a roll in 2017. Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes earlier in January 2017, and she used her time on stage to call out President Donald Trump in a speech against powerful people who use their pulpits to bully others. “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,” she said.
Trump, in turn, went to Twitter for one of his signature tweetstorms.
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.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Streep’s reputation seems to have survived unscathed. In fact, the incident prompted a rallying hashtag on Twitter, #ImWithMeryl, and even merchandise ranging from stickers to T-shirts. Maybe the criticism would have landed harder if Trump had used a GIF.