Meryl Streep’s Inspiring Golden Globe Speech Irks Trump

The Golden Globe award recipient, Meryl Streep targets Trump in her acceptance speech – Streep’s speech being rated as one of the greatest in the history of the coveted award

Meryl Streep’s Inspiring Golden Globe Speech Irks Trump

The 74th Cecil B. DeMille Awards 2016, popularly known as the Golden Globe Awards, was aired live on January 8, 2017, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

The highlight of the awards was Meryl Streep’s emotional and stirring acceptance speech which was hardly much about her personal achievements; it was rather her disappointment at Trump being asked to sit on the most respected seat in the country, a heartless man who imitated a disabled reporter. “It kind of broke my heart,” she said.

She began by talking about all those present belonging to the “most vilified segments in American society right now, think about it, Hollywood, foreigners, and the press,” drawing laughter and applause from the audience who apparently didn’t miss the sarcasm and irony of the statement, obviously directed at Trump.

legend Meryl Streep with the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award
Meryl Streep with the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award

She spoke about Hollywood mostly comprising of people from ordinary and average backgrounds and foreigners who have made Hollywood what it is today.

“So, Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick ‘em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” The audience was in raptures and conveyed their appreciation by cheers and a hearty, generous round of applause. Everybody was aware where the direction of her speech was heading towards.

She was all praise for the “many, many powerful performances this year”[obviously referring to 2016] “breathtaking compassionate work” but there was one performance that she said “stunned” her.

“It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was, there was nothing good about it,” she said. “But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.” It was a direct reference to Trump’s ridiculing of a disabled reporter, “someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.” It broke her heart she said, because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life.”

According to her, it set precedence for other people to follow – the disgust and the genuineness of her feelings so conspicuous in her tone of voice.

She went on to remind the press of their responsibility to question the accountability of those in power.

She concluded her wonderful speech, her voice breaking with emotion, with a quote from “a dear departed friend Princess Leia” – obviously referring to the late Carrie Fisher – “Take your broken heart and make it into art.”

President-elect Donald Trump, as expected, did not take too kindly to Streep’s remarks about his non-compassionate and inhumane mocking of a disabled reporter – in fact, he is on record to have totally denied it.

In a series of tweets, he berated Streep’s acting achievements by calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.” In another tweet, he even called her “Hillary Flunky who lost big.”

Trump’s response was well anticipated by comedian Dana Schwartz, who was even accurate about the choice of words he would use in his tweets after Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech.

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