Actress Mocks Melania Trump's Crusade Against Cyberbullying

While Hollywood celebrities often slam President Trump, the first lady was the object of ridicule Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Actress Kristen Bell started the televised ceremony with a monologue that made fun of Melania Trump’s anti-cyberbullying campaign. The first lady has been widely mocked for choosing online abuse as her main cause, due to the president’s habit of lashing out at his critics on Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.

“There has never been a host for this awards show,” Bell said. “First time."

"First person. First lady."

"I never thought I’d grow up to be the first lady, but you know what? I kinda like it," she continued.

"I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying, because I have yet to see any progress made on that problem quite yet.”

The remark drew cheers and laughs from the largely liberal audience, according to The Huffington Post, though Bell did not mention Melania’s name.

The first lady has spoken out against cyberbullying on several occasions, and met with schoolchildren to warn them about its harmful effects. Meanwhile, her husband continues using social media to call people derogatory names and even threaten to launch nuclear missiles.

He recently warned Kim Jong-un, whom he has dubbed “Rocket Man” in response to the North Korean leader’s tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, that the United States has a “bigger button” with which to begin a nuclear war.

Bell pivoted from her light-hearted ribbing of the first lady to some serious comments about sexual assault and harassment. The film industry has been rocked by allegations of misconduct by a number of powerful men, including producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bell is an active member of the “Time’s Up” movement, which advocates of gender and racial equality created several months ago. “Everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now,” the star of “Veronica Mars” and “The Good Place” said.

The Daily Caller reported that Bell also gave a shout out to those who marched in New York City, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country on Saturday to protest the Trump presidency.

“We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race,” the actress declared.

In September, Melania Trump devoted most of her speech to the spouses of United Nations officials to her cyberbullying campaign. She urged parents around the world to teach their children “life’s many ethical lessons,” including the importance of treating others with respect.

“As adults, we are not merely responsible — we are accountable,” the first lady said, according to Time magazine. “Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy or hunger, it is the children who are hit first and hardest in any country.”

She blasted bullying “online and in person,” and called for monitoring “the message and content (that kids) are exposed to on a daily basis through social media.”

Despite being ripped for her anti-cyberbullying efforts, Melania has persisted in addressing the issue. She pledged during the 2016 presidential campaign that online abuse would be her major focus if her husband won the race.

Otherwise, the first lady generally maintains a low profile.

Source: HuffPost, Daily Caller
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