Meryl Streep Takes The Golden Globes Award Stage To Talk About Donald Trump

Meryl Streep delivered a powerful acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

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After accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award she took the opportunity to lay into Donald Trump’s and his “performance” during her acceptance speech. “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts,” she said quietly, barely holding back the tears after receiving the prestigious honor.

She reiterated comments made earlier by Hugh Laurie regarding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and how they are part of “the most vilified segments in American society right now” — Hollywood, foreigners and the press. “But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places,” she told the audience.

By way of explanation she went on to discuss her New Jersey origins and then listed numerous non-Los Angeles natives including Ryan Reynolds, Ruth Negga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Paulson, Amy Adams, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman and Viola Davis before sarcastically asking, “Where are their birth certificates?”

And then she laid into Trump, stating that the one outstanding performance of the year was by Donald Trump. She was specifically referring to the occasion when he publicly mocked disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

“There was nothing good about it, but it did its job,” Streep said. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie; it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.”

“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” she continued. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Streep implored the press to stand up to Trump — “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage … We’re going to need them going forward and they’re going to need us to safeguard the truth,” she said of the press.

She ended her powerful performance by quoting the late Carrie Fisher: “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’ In true Trump style, he retaliated by calling Meryl Streep a “Hillary Lover”.