Meryl Streep Takes On Donald Trump at The Golden Globes
– During her acceptance speech for the honorary Cecil B. deMille Award of the 2017 Golden Globes, Meryl Streep used the time to comment on President-elect Donald Trump and to advocate for press freedom. She recalled the moment Trump mocked a disabled reporter from The New York Times during a campaign rally, labeling it one performance in the past year that “stunned” her.
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.
In a brief telephone interview early Monday morning, Trump said he had not watched Streep’s remarks, but said that he was not surprised he had been criticized by “liberal movie people,” and dismissed Streep as a Hillary Clinton supporter.
Trump added the following on Twitter.
“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”