Award win­ner Streep takes swipe at Trump

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MERYL Streep made her voice heard as she de­fended Hol­ly­wood and the press while tak­ing sub­tle aim at Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump in her ac­cep­tance speech at the Golden Globes.

The ac­tress picked up the Ce­cil B DeMille Award for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to en­ter­tain­ment and used her time on stage to speak about top­i­cal po­lit­i­cal mat­ters, al­though she did not men­tion Trump by name.

The three-time Os­car win­ner said the most heart­break­ing per­for­mance of the year came “when the per­son ask­ing to sit in the most re­spected seat in our coun­try im­i­tated a dis­abled re­porter”.

“I still can’t get it out of my head be­cause it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life,” Streep said.

Streep then dis­cussed the topic of Hol­ly­wood be­ing vil­i­fied for be­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural place and re­viewed the back­grounds of a num­ber of her col­leagues who were dot­ted around the room.

She said: “You and all of us in this room re­ally be­long to the most vil­i­fied seg­ments in Amer­i­can so­ci­ety right now. Think about it: Hol­ly­wood, for­eign­ers and the press.”

She said Hol­ly­wood was a com­mu­nity filled with peo­ple from all over the world, united in the mis­sion to show dif­fer­ent peo­ple and make au­di­ences feel what they feel.

Streep added: “If we kick them all out, you’ll have noth­ing to watch but foot­ball and mixed mar­tial arts, which are not the arts.”

She said sup­port was needed among her peers for the Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists “be­cause we’re go­ing to need them go­ing for­ward, and they’ll need us to safe­guard the truth”.

Trump claimed he had not seen the awards cer­e­mony or Streep’s re­marks but dis­missed her as “a Hil­lary (Clin­ton) lover”.

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