During last night’s Golden Globes Ceremony, Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is an honorary award given for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” During her acceptance speech, Streep chose to focus on certain points that strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump. Although she never mentioned the future president by name, she alluded to his behavior and policies in her nearly six-minute speech. Streep made the point that Trump’s general behavior during the election legitimized bullying, for example when he mimicked disabled New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski.
“The instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” she said. She called his imitation of the reporter a performance that stunned her. She added, “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and did its job.”
Meryl stated that she felt that somebody of Trump’s stature, privilege, and power should not take advantage of this position and mock others, and his legitimizing bullying could lead to more trouble with bullying in everyday life. She summarized: “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep also took the opportunity to talk about how the diversity in Hollywood symbolizes how diversity in the United States enriches its culture and said, “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 concluded by asking the audience to protect journalists because “we’re going to need them going forward and they’re going to need us to safeguard the truth.” Streep encouraged the audience to donate to the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists.
A number of high profile celebrities came out in support of Meryl Streep on Twitter.
In response to Meryl Streep’s speech, Donald Trump, who did not see the speech himself, defended his actions to the New York Times. He denied mocking Kovaleski, saying: “I was never mocking anyone. People keep saying I that I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.” He also stated that he was not surprised that he is coming under attack from “liberal movie people” and that Streep is a “Hillary lover.”
You can watch Streep’s entire speech below: