Meryl Streep calls out Donald Trump with Golden Globes speech, he retaliates

Meryl Streep calls out Donald Trump

Meryl Streep is revered for her remarkable body of work, but thanks to her Golden Globes speech, she’s now also respected for taking a hard stance against president-elect Donald Trump.

The 30-time Golden Globe nominee (yes, 30), was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award last night (Jan. 8) for her distinguished career. Upon accepting the award, she took the opportunity to voice her disdain for the 70-year-old, soon-to-be inaugurated Republican.

After Meryl’s friend — and one of last night’s winners — Viola Davis presented her with the award, Meryl criticized Donald’s campaign rhetoric and scolded him for mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in November 2015. Serge has a condition that affects his joint mobility.

She also advocated for free press and urged fellow Hollywood stars to join her in supporting the media.

As audience members held their breath in anticipation of Meryl’s words, she said, “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. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.”

Meryl, who ardently backed Hillary Clinton throughout the election, continued, “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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

The crowd at the Beverly Hilton erupted in applause and celebrities not in attendance, like Julianne Moore and Ellen DeGeneres, commended Meryl on social media.

But equally as predictable, Donald lashed out at the three-time Oscar winner via Twitter, calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.”

Check out his string of Monday morning (Jan. 9) tweets below.

What did you think of Meryl’s politically-charged speech? How do you feel about Donald’s tweets? Share your thoughts with us. ~Matthew Pariselli

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  1. David M • January 9, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

    You never mocked him? Do you not own a TV?

  2. WhatWhat • January 9, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

    Meryl is LIFE

  3. Jan • January 9, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

    No journalist needs to write or say anything to make you “look bad” Mr Trump. You do that all by yourself with your ridiculous tweets and your very immature behaviour. May God help the USA for the next 4 years.

  4. marymary • January 9, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

    i always loved Meryl Streep as an actress but respect her more than ever after that speech!

  5. Miranda • January 9, 2017 @ 4:56 PM

    Don’t come for Meryl. No one comes for Meryl and gets away with it.

  6. Carol G • January 9, 2017 @ 7:38 PM

    Meryl – my hat is off to you – you rock! Thanks for having the guts to call him out!

  7. DL • January 9, 2017 @ 7:52 PM

    Boycotting Meryl…

  8. Ray • January 9, 2017 @ 8:08 PM

    Donald Trump is the greatest and Streep is just a sore loser Ray

  9. CJ • January 9, 2017 @ 8:08 PM

    Meryl is lost in the glimmer – I would almost guess that she and 50% or more of the actors in Hollywood did not vote…..If Trump is to fail let him but if he fails because of others, Americans pay the price

  10. Terry Anderton • January 10, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

    I can remember my mom telling me ” if you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything”. You know what, I can’t think of a damned thing to say about Donald Trump!

  11. Kate Graham • January 10, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

    Meryl Streep’s record as an outstanding actor is recognized by all but Donald Trump, i guess. He continues to demonstrate extremely immature behaviour. Will he be spending the next four years tweeting in the White House? May God help the United States of America.

  12. Dottie • January 10, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

    CJ, you really think she didn’t vote? After all her campaigning for Hillary, you honestly think she wouldn’t vote? You’re lost in something and it isn’t glimmer…
    Even Trump has come out and said Meryl is one of the best actresses working and a “fine” person on top of that. Of course he changed his tune when she came after him though. He’s a moron.

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