Maybe the Golden Globes aren’t so meaningless after all. Upon receiving the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” at last night’s ceremony, Meryl Streep used her platform to take shots at Donald Trump with an eviscerating speech that criticized the president-elect’s bullying tactics.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart,” Streep said, referencing Trump’s open mocking of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during the campaign. “Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job.
“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. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.”
The revered actress went on to proclaim: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” Amen, sister.
Watch the full speech below.