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Meryl Streep Attacks Donald Trump In Golden Globes Speech

Meryl Streep wasn't about to miss her chance when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.

Streep took aim at President-Elect Donald Trump, without ever referring to him by name, and his "instinct to humiliate."

The actress referred to Trump getting elected as a "performance this year that stunned me" but "did its job."

"Thank you. I love you all. You'll have to forgive me. I've lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read," she began.

"Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it. Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we? And, you know, what is Hollywood anyway? It's just a bunch of people from other places."

"I was born and raised and created in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola Davis was born in a sharecropper's cabin in South Carolina, grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Italy. Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?"

"And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Ethiopia, raised in — no, in Ireland, I do believe — and she's here nominated for playing a small town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania."

"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If you kick 'em all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say this."

"An actor's only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that, breathtaking, passionate work."

"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. 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, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life."

"And 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

"OK. Go on with that thing. This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution."

"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 going to need them going forward. And they'll need us to safeguard the truth."

"One more thing. Once when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, 'Isn't it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?' Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy."

"We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.' Thank you."

Donald Trump responded by speaking to the New York Times saying he wasn't surprised he was attacked by "liberal movie people."

"I was never mocking anyone," he said. "I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story. People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter's disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing."

"And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary," he said, adding she was a "Hillary lover."

Asked if there would be celebrities at his inauguration, Trump said: "We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars."

"All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration."

This morning on Twitter, Trump described Streep as "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and "a Hillary flunky who lost big."


January 9, 2017 |

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