A hoarse Meryl Streep took to the podium to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her lifetime achievement at Sunday night’s Golden Globes but spent her allotted time to criticize president-elect Donald Trump and the current political climate in the U.S., without ever mentioning his name. “There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep told the crowd.
“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.”
Streep, who was referring to Donald Trump’s mocking of disabled New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski during the campaign, called out Trump’s unseemly instinct to humiliate and the degrading effect that kind of cruelty and vindictiveness has on other people who then feel emboldened to do the same.
“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, ’cause it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,”
Streep also went on to defend the freedom of a “principled” and independent press that can hold the rich and powerful accountable before encouraging viewers to support the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Streep was introduced by another great actress and friend, Viola Davis, who paid homage to Streep and her brilliant career. Earlier in the evening, after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, Viola had made a few pointed political observations of her own, ultimately asking all watching, “There was no way that we can have anyone in office [who] is not an extension of our own belief system. So then, what does that say about us?”
“I will, believe it or not, remove Trump from the equation because I believe it’s bigger than him,” said Davis.
Predictably, Trump responded immediately after the awards show aired with an insult, calling Streep “over-rated,” then followed up early Monday morning with a trio of tweets blasting Streep’s speech.
In 2012, Streep became only the fifth actor to win three Academy Awards over her long and illustrious career while receiving a record 19 nominations.
See her entire speech here. (Canal de MariiVicky, YouTube)