Meryl Streep and Cher once rescued a woman from a mugger

Meryl Streep and Cher once rescued a woman from a mugger

It has only been a month since the New York Times published their damning exposé chronicling the sexual assault allegations levelled against the now disgraced film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, but since then there have been new claims made against other influential men in various industries seemingly every day.

And it can all get a bit much. While it's about time that the film industry, and other such sectors have had their history of systemic sexism and sexual harassment exposed, it's rather unnerving to see the full extent of sexual misconduct that women have been experiencing for decades. Certainly, the #MeToo stories that flooded social media, while illuminating, were alarming in their sheer quantity.

The backlash, however, has well and truly begun; companies have been giving their sexual harassment policies the once over, and accused figures such as Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and James Toback have been dropped from their agencies and various projects.

Women are also using this time to speak frankly about this topic that they have been silenced on, for so long. And one such person is Meryl Streep, who elaborated on her harrowing experiences of abuse at the International Press Freedom Awards.

Meryl Streep Credit: Getty

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Streep revealed that she does "know something about real terror". "The two times in my life when I was threatened and dealt with real physical violence, I learned something about life that I wouldn't have otherwise, and I was lucky because my instincts served me well."

During one traumatising experience, she recalls having to "play dead and wait until the blows stopped". However, in another incident, Streep most definitely wasn't a victim. In fact, she and fellow actress-slash-pop-star, Cher were the heroes.

The 68-year-old actress revealed that she and Cher once saved a woman from a mugger: "someone else was being abused, and I just went completely nuts and went after this man. Ask Cher - she was there. And the thug ran away, it was a miracle," Streep said.

Meryl Streep and Cher Credit: Getty

And, of course, the internet had a field day with the knowledge that two veritable icons teamed up, Batman and Robin style, to take down a Bad Man.

One Twitter user, who was clearly awe-struck by the whole situation, wrote "Meryl Streep and Cher, teaming up to fight crime", while another gifted the pair with their own moniker:

The people of Twitter, however, quickly became enamoured with the idea that the dynamic duo should have their own superhero franchise. One user simply said, "The heroes Gotham needs", and another corroborated: "Someone write this script, quick!"

And according to Streep, these experiences changed her on a "cellular level", and it's understandable. She explained:

"Women do know something particular about coming to the danger place. We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment, and because of our vulnerability, we anticipate danger, we expect it, we’re hyper-alert to it." 

Well, I think the women of the world feel a little safer knowing that we have figures like Meryl Streep and Cher watching over us. We may not have known it at the time, but they're clearly the knight(s) in shining armour that we've always wanted.