Meryl Streep Takes On Donald Trump From The Golden Globes Stage

Meryl Streep has strong opinions and she never backs down from voicing them. Her opinion on president elect Donald Trump is no secret to anyone. She had criticized him before the elections and she continues to do so after the elections as well. Just days before Donald Trump is expected to be sworn into presidency, Meryl Streep comes down hard on him. She chose the stage perfectly and delivered her message with strong words.

She was honoured with the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony and she delivered a six minute acceptance speech. Most of that time was dedicated to a message to Donald Trump.

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She called him out for mocking a reporter in 2015. She was rewarded with a resounding applause of support.

The speech:

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“Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. 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.

They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that – breathtaking, compassionate work.
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

The Tweet already going viral:

The video of the speech, posted by Golden Globe Awards, is already going viral finding support among fans and friends.

Priyanka Chopra, the Baywatch debutant actress who also made her Golden Globe Awards debut this year, shared a nice picture taken with Meryl Streep on Twitter.

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