Award winner Streep takes swipe at Trump
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”.