Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump in Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump in Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

The award-winning actress used her platform to ask the press to hold our future president accountable.

The award-winning actress used her platform to ask the press to hold our future president accountable.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Sunday night, Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press. She used the platform and her acceptance speech to condemn President-elect Donald Trump’s mockery of a disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski, in November of 2015.

Streep called it a performance that “stunned” her, adding, “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.”

The nine-time Golden Globe winner then called on the press to hold Trump accountable, and further called on her fellow actors to support the press with their influence and audience: “This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists. Because we're going to need them going forward. And they'll need us to safeguard the truth.”

The imploring speech was finished with a touching quote from the late Carrie Fisher: "As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you."

Trump predictably took to Twitter to denounce Streep’s speech, calling her “over-rated.”

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