Beautifully introduced by Viola Davis, Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, and she slammed Donald Trump‘s “performance” in her acceptance speech.
Her voice very hoarse she said,
“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.“
She echoed Hugh Laurie‘s earlier comment about how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is part of “the most vilified segments in American society right now” — Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
“But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.“
She named the birthplaces of fellow actors Sarah Paulson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Viola Davis, Dev Patel and Ryan Reynolds and asked sarcastically,
“Where are their birth certificates?“
But the killer was when Streep then noted that one “performance” stood out this year: that of Donald Trump when he publicly mocked The New York Times‘ Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter.
“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.
Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.“
She then called for the press to stand up to Trump —
“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage … We’re going to need them going forward and they’re going to need us to safeguard the truth.“
Streep concluded by quoting Carrie Fisher:
“As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you.‘ “
Mic Drop. Watch.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017