Donald Trump’s persistent divisive rhetoric provoked Meryl Streep to take a stance.
Sunday night saw the Hollywood elite honored at the 74th Golden Globes Awards, but the upheaval caused by the election of Donald Trump as US president remained center stage. While several actors made subtle hints toward their distaste for Trump at the ceremony, Meryl Streep confronted the president-elect directly with a passionate speech.
The awards were held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose name includes the three things that Streep describes to be “the most vilified segments in American society.” She dedicated her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to those who are demonized for being a part of Hollywood, a foreigner or the press. For the many who have fallen victim to Trump’s threats of deportation, she expresses the beauty of Hollywood’s diversity as representative of the nation as a whole.
Streep expressed her disgust of witnessing Trump mock a disabled reporter during his campaign, ruminating about the people in power who have abused their authority by repressing those unable to fight back.
It did not take long for the president-elect to strike back. Trump referred to Streep as “one of the most over-rated actresses” and a “Hillary flunky who lost big” in an attempt to denigrated the three-time Oscar-winning actress, reconfirming her dignified criticism that such is now the reality of the most respected office in America.
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