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Meryl Streep wakes audience, enrages Trump with 2017 Golden Globes speech

Trump has already dismissed her as a 'Hillary lover.'


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Jan 9, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 6:03 am CDT

At the 74th annual Golden Globe awards, Meryl Streep used her time at the pulpit to show Hollywood, reporters, and Americans how to challenge power—particularly President-elect Donald Trump.

On Sunday night, Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honor given to people who have made “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In Streep’s six-minute long speech, she took Trump to task without ever referencing him by name. She also, in the words of her deceased friend Carrie Fisher, encouraged the audience to “take your broken heart, make it into art.”

Streep opened by discussing the diversity of Hollywood and its “foreign” actors, insisting that if we kick performers out of the United States, “you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

Streep then scrutinized Trump’s own “performance” where he allegedly mocked a disabled New York Times reporter while on the campaign trail, saying it broke her heart. She also called upon the press to hold people in positions of power accountable for their actions. 

“Disrespect incites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” she said. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” 

Many on Twitter praised Streep’s words as one last call to action before Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

It didn’t take long for Trump to vilify Streep’s scathing opinion of his soon-to-be presidency. That night the president-elect told a New York Times reporter that Streep was “a Hillary lover,” referencing her support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He also dismissed the allegations that he intended to mock the reporter’s disability.

Though Trump said he had not seen Streep’s speech or any other moments during the ceremony, he said he was “not surprised” to be attacked by “liberal movie people.” 

“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,” Trump said. “And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary.”

Early Monday morning Trump continued his critique of Streep on Twitter, calling her overrated and a “Hillary flunky.”

You can watch Streep’s full speech in the Twitter embed above and read the transcript here.

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*First Published: Jan 9, 2017, 7:43 am CST