"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose." -- Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was already a legend before her speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, but she gained another level of fame -- and, to some, infamy -- in her takedown of President-elect Donald Trump and his policies.
Viola Davis presented Meryl Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, and Streep zeroed in on Trump by mentioning the one performance that stood out most to her: When Trump was shown apparently mocking a disabled reporter: "There was nothing good about it, but it did its job," she said. "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn't in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it gives permission for others to do the same. ... Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
She called for members of the press to do their jobs in holding Trump accountable, and asked others to help protect the press under Trump's administration. She ended her speech by quoting her friend Princess Leia, aka Carrie Fisher: "Take your broken heart, make it into art."
The speech made waves online, with supporters praising it and Trump backers considering it more leftist Hollywood prattle.
One thing #MerylStreep got right was how much middle working class Americans hates self righteous, pompous Hollywood right now.— Anngee (@Anngintn) January 9, 2017
Beautiful, eloquent and strong. #MerylStreep— XXBRIIXX (@MissBriFemme) January 9, 2017
#MerylStreep pretentious celebrities spewing platitudes out of context invites more pretentious celebrities to follow suit— ANDY (@andyk47) January 9, 2017
Thank you for using the power of your voice #merylstreep and calling for empathy and responsibility in what will proove to be trying times— Rita Rollman (@LadyJ1175) January 9, 2017
When you get a ten point diatribe on 'Proof Donald Trump Did Not Mock A Disabled Reporter' #MerylStreep won.— The Red Pill (@RedPillAmerica) January 9, 2017
Oh #Merylstreep u lost my respect tonight where all your tears for all of the Clinton crimes and the violence that's followed her.— Lee (@Leerose1985) January 9, 2017
She speaks with her heart and mind. Meryl could have made it about her award but instead spoke the truth for those who can't #MerylStreep— Julie Parco (@261Hiddenhill) January 9, 2017
To the people complaining #MerylStreep shouldnt talk about politics: she wasn't talking about poltics, she was talking about decency.— Edmundo Gallegos (@Edmundo_Gallego) January 9, 2017
Chris Pine, who presented after Streep, thanked her for her empathy, calling it the most important speech of the night.
Streep was not the only one to call out Trump. In his monologue, Jimmy Fallon joked that the Globes was "one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote," and he also compared Trump to villain King Joffrey from "Game of Thrones": "What would it be like if King Joffrey had lived? Well, in 12 days we're going to find out."
Donald Trump loves to react to public insults on Twitter, so it remains to be seen if he'll react to Streep's speech or any of Fallon's jokes.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
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