Meryl Streep attacks President-Elect Donald Trump during Golden Globes speech

By Taylor Hall
Staff Writer
Meryl Streep graced the stage last Sunday at the Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood as she accepted the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Without saying his name once, Streep shared her opinion of President-elect Donald Trump.

Shifting the focus away from Hollywood being made up of people from foreign lands, Streep discussed an act she witnessed that left her appalled.

Meryl Streep accepting the Cecille B. DeMille Award. Photo from US Weekly

“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,” Streep said in her speech. “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.”

The speech has been both respected and also rejected by many on Twitter. In a tweet from actress Julianne Moore, she simply wrote, “Thank you #MerylStreep,” while daughter of Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain, wrote, “This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how, you will help him get re-elected.”

Trump, although denying the act, mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a rally in November 2015.
“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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep said. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

The day after the speech, Trump fired back calling Streep “overrated.” Twitter has become a stomping ground against Trump with the hashtag #ThingsTrumpThinksAreOverrated.

Streep’s speech was powerful and influential. Without saying a name or picking
sides, she opened our eyes to the hate we voted for and simply told us to not follow in his path. She finished her speech with a quote from recently deceased Carrie Fisher, “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”