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What Does Meryl Streep and A Nurse Case Manager Have in Common?

Updated on January 9, 2017

The twitter world exploded last night when Meryl Streep took the stage at the Golden Glob Awards last night. Instead of giving an acceptance speech for her award, she choose to spend the 6 minutes going after Donald Trump. She isn't the first celebrity to go after Trump in the media, however she is the latest. Meryl Streep has been considered by many of her peers to be the greatest living actress alive. With this, she certainly has a platform to speak her mind or speak out on serious matters in our society.

Meryl's critique was interesting as it made me think of the wonderful folks in our profession. Of the many bones that she could pick with Mr. Trump, she chooses to take him to task on something that he did that was insensitive and some would even so it was offensive. Meryl would probably never compare her work to the critical support provided by case managers and social workers, but the comparison crossed my mind in a rather abstract fashion. So if you probably clicked because you are still wondering what Meryl Streep's rant on Donald have to do with a Nurse Case Manager I am sure. Well, rather than take Trump to task for the list of things celebs have come after him for, Streep takes him to task for mocking a disabled reporter recently. Trump was seen publically mocking a reporter in late 2015 who is disabled. Serge Kovaleski is the reporter and he suffers from a condition called arthrogryposis. It showed poor taste no doubt, but it was interesting that Streep showed compassion for someone who she felt didn't have the means or status to defend themselves. This is what Case Managers and Social Workers do daily. Advocate for the well-being of another person who can't adequately defend themselves or fight on their own behalf. While this isn't a political blog and we are not endorsing or slamming Trump, it was interesting to see someone stand up for the disabled in such a public platform. This doesn't come close to work that our Case Managers and Social Workers do daily without fan-fare, but it was still appreciated by the reporter and his family I am sure and health advocates alike. Hats off to Streep for having the courage to take a stand and use her platform to champion the cause of another. Again, our interest isn’t pushing a political agenda but rather applauding the advocacy of the disabled or ill, something our Case Managers and Social Workers do daily.



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