Meryl Streep took home the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday and in the process campaigned for immigration and slammed its greatest adversary — Donald Trump.
Streep started her phenomenal speech by stating Hollywood, along with foreigners and the press, was one of the most “vilified segments in America” right now.
“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, in a voice filled hoarse with tears.
She doubled down on her statements by listing down the many celebrities who were from places other than Los Angeles.
“Who are we? And what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola (Davis) was born in a share-cropper’s cabin in South Carolina… and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?”
She also slammed Trump without even mentioning his name.
“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."
The statement referred to the president-elect mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a rare musculoskeletal condition, in a rally in South Carolina — amid laughter from Trump’s fans.
“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” she said and then sent a note of encouragement to the press to continue to “hold power to account.”
“We’re going to need them,” she said of the press, “and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”
She concluded her speech with a note from her late friend, Carrie Fisher:
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
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