Meryl Streep Delivers Powerful Response to Trump
The 74th Golden Globes were filled with memorable moments. From the hilarious skit performed by Steve Carrel and Kristen Wiig as well as host Jimmy Fallon’s superb performance - to the onstage reunion between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.
However, none can be compared to Meryl Streep’s passionate speech after she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Her speech was both moving and inspirational and it received widespread admiration and acclaim by both the audience and the public.
In her speech, Streep expressed how the diversity in Hollywood positively impacted American culture by saying, “if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” She also revealed her shock and heartbreak when President-elect Trump imitated and mocked a disabled reporter while on the campaign trail in December of 2015.
During her speech Streep stated, “disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” She ended her speech by conveying the importance of the press and journalism for the future of the country, while also expressing her delight for the work being honored that night, while quoting the late actress, Carrie Fisher.
There is no denying the impact and media attention Streep’s speech caused in the days following. While many people have applauded and admired her stance, some have come out to criticize her, including President-elect Donald Trump. On his personal twitter account Trump called Streep an “overrated” actress for attacking him.
Streep has had a prestigious acting career, in which she has been nominated for a total of 19 Academy Awards. Out of her 19 Academy Award nominations she has won three; in 1980 for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer, in 1983 for her performance in Sophie’s choice, and in 2012 for her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady. Many people on the right of the political spectrum have criticized Streep by saying that celebrities shouldn’t involve themselves in politics, which sounds ironic as President-elect Trump is a celebrity himself. Trump advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to the matter by saying that Ms. Streep’s speech incites “people’s worst instincts.” Nevertheless, Streep’s speech proves to be a powerful statement in favor of people who still disapprove of the president-elect. In the end, the president-elect continues to be a controversial figure, and this is something that won’t change in the upcoming future.
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