Meryl Streep just killed it as only Meryl Streep can during her acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globes for the Cecil B. DeMille Award as she took aim at what she called one of the greatest performers of the year, Donald Trump.
She so eloquently started by naming off performers who are from outside the country that we all know and love, telling the world:
Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts.
At a time when there is no much antipathy towards the perceived “outsider” it was lovely and timely and powerful.
Streep also recalled the worst moment of Trump’s campaign — when he mocked a disabled New York Times reporter onstage at a rally.
There was nothing good about it, but it did its job. 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.
And then she hammered into Trump with a powerful message — and he would do well to listen carefully to it:
Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” she continued. “When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.
Streep received a standing ovation for this speech, which was perfectly in tune with the confusion and apprehension and dispair so many Americans are feeling today, but it also left us feeling as if somewhere on the horizon we would have sunny days to look forward to with the simple message that came from the recently deceased Carrie Fisher:
Take your broken heart, make it into art.
Watch the speech:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017