Golden Globe awards: Meryl Streep knocks off Donald Trump with her speech
At the Golden Globe Awards 2017, while Hollywood was abuzz with celebration Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award to call out the president-elect for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter in 2015 and warned that a free press would need to be defended.
An ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep’s speech was hugely applauded by the Hollywood stars amidst criticism from a few for the involvement of politics in awards. She thanked everyone for the award but spoke vividly about one performance of the year.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,” Streep said. “Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter,” she said, referring to a speech by Trump in 2015 when he shuddered and flailed his arms, seeming to mock a disabled reporter for The New York Times. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
“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. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
She talked about the diversity and versatility of Hollywood with stars from across the border and mentioned there would be nothing if he pushes people out.
“Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
She appealed for Press freedom saying, “So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”
She concluded saying, “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Check out her speech here: