UPDATE: Donald Trump has responded to Meryl Streep’s remarks.
Meryl Streep used her speech, accepting the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe for her lifetime body of achievement, to preach against Donald Trump and his supporters who she claimed threatened arts and journalism in America.
Accepting her award from Viola Davis, Streep quickly launched into a grandiose litany, noting Hollywood’s “foreigners” who came to the movie industry from all corners of the US and beyond.
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Challenging viewers to “ask them for their birth certificates,” Streep claimed high culture was endangered by Trump’s positions on illegal immigration.”Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and if you kick them all out,” she opined, “all you have to watch is football and Mixed Martial Arts.”
“And those,” she continued, “are not arts.”
Streep, who had the floor for an extended period of time thanks to her lifetime achievement honor, then turned her ire on Trump himself, claiming that the President elect had the “best performance of the year,” and recalled Trump’s alleged mocking of a New York Times reporter’s disability on the campaign trail.
She claimed that Trump had “kind of broke my heart,” when he imitated the journalist, whom he “outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
“I can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life,” Streep said.
She went on to lecture the audience about what she said was its responsibility to oppose Donald Trump going forward. ” This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone on a public platform … gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
She then called on Hollywood to pressure journalists to cover the President-elect “fairly”, saying, “we need a principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.”
“I ask the Hollywood foreign press and all of us to support the committee to protect journalists … because they’ll need us to safeguard” their Constitutionally protected rights.
She ended by affirming that she, along with Hollywood, will spend the coming years fighting for their beliefs, presumably with overbearing films. Quoting Carrie Fisher, Streep commanded, “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
The crowed applauded, giving Streep a standing ovation.