Meryl Streep was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMile Award at the Golden Globes. The award celebrates one person every year who has made outstanding contributions to entertainment, so it's not surprising that they chose Hollywood's Iron Lady as its recipient.
What did come as a surprise, though, was Streep's acceptance speech, in which she chose to take the spotlight off herself, and shine it on another successful performer—one who may not technically be an actor, but has effectively played to his audience all the same.
Without ever uttering his name, Streep used her speech to call Donald Trump out on his hatred of the press and foreigners.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts,” she said, to thunderous applause.
In those electrifying five minutes, the legendary actress spoke about how heartbroken she was after watching Trump mock a disabled reporter. She branded Trump a bully and explained how, given his powerful position, his obvious and public penchant for cruelty gives others the permission to also be cruel, saying:
"This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep ended her speech by calling for the support of the Committee to Protect Journalists, citing the need for the press to stay strong in the coming years, to "hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage."
The speech couldn't have come at a better time, since the Golden Globes is the last major Hollywood event before Trump's inauguration on January 20th.
Watch the speech in full here:
As an added bonus, here's Viola Davis' beautiful introduction for Meryl Streep:
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