Meryl Streep says violent experiences changed her profoundly

Meryl Streep
Updated 17 November 2017
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Meryl Streep says violent experiences changed her profoundly

NEW YORK: Meryl Streep said the two times in her life she dealt with violence were so profound it changed her “on a cellular level.”
Streep made the remarks on Wednesday at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York. The Oscar-winner told the audience she did “know something about real terror.”
She recounted two incidents, one in which she said she was attacked and “played dead and waited until the blows stopped.”
Streep then described another incident when someone else was being abused.
She said in that case, she “went completely nuts” and chased the man off. It was after telling the stories that Streep said the experiences changed her permanently.
Streep did not give any more details, other than to say Cher witnessed the second incident.


Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

Updated 22 July 2018
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Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

  • The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity
  • The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan

TOKYO: The official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at a ceremony in downtown Tokyo on Sunday.
The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity.
Miraitowa is a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity while Someity comes from a popular cherry blossom variety “Someiyoshino” and echoes the English phrase “so mighty.”
The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan.
The selection process involving schoolchildren was introduced to get students enthusiastic about the games while also ensuring transparency.
Organizers say the pair of futuristic characters combine tradition and innovation. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.