Meryl Streep took center stage as she delivered a powerful speech during the 2017 Golden Globes. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille took a jab at president-elect Donald Trump. According to her, Trump’s “performance” outshone everyone else’s when he mocked a disabled reporter of the New York Times. Streep began her message by apologizing for losing her voice. She said that she lost it last weekend for “screaming and lamentation.” She also said that she had lost her mind earlier in the year, probably referring to the surprise victory of Donald Trump at the polls.
Then, Streep thanked the 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 segment in American society right now. Think about it. Hollywood, foreigners and the press.” She then posed the question, “But who are we? And what is Hollywood, anyway?” She answered her own question. “It’s just a bunch of people from other places,” The Devil Wears Prada actress said.
She then listed down the humble beginnings of many Hollywood A-listers today, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Paulson, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Viola Davis, Dev Patel and Ryan Reynolds. And, as each hails from a different part of the country, and many times, different parts of the globe, there really is no room for exclusion. “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,” Streep said to resounding applause.
She then mentioned the powerful performances of the past year. Then, she proceeded to tell about Trump’s unbelievable mockery of a disabled reporter. Meryl Streep said that Trump outranked the reporter “in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.”
The incident broke the actress’ heart and she could not get it out of her head. When destructive attitude like this comes from someone powerful, then the effects filter down to everyone. She said that, when people like Trump act a certain way, it legitimizes the action. It makes it “okay” in a very real way. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” Streep said.
She then appealed to the press. Their job, as per Merly Streep, is to keep powerful people in check. And, as actors and actresses, whose very opinion sways the rest of the public, then must keep the press protected. See Meryl Streep’s emotional acceptance speech below:
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