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Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe speech

Streep takes aim at Donald Trump in Cecil B. Demille Award acceptance speech

This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Actress Meryl Streep was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, a lifetime achievement award, at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. She used her acceptance speech to attack Donald Trump’s divisive politics, defend the free press and make a case for more empathy.

Here is the text, in full:

“I love you all, but you’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend, and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year. So I have to read.

Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie 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.

But who are we? And what is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Venento, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Ireland, and she’s here nominated for playing a small‑town girl from Virginia.

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Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like, and there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that: breathtaking, compassionate work.

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hook in my heart not because it was good. There was nothing good about it, but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. 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 broke my heart, and 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. And 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 gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use definition to bully others, we all lose.

This brings me to the press. We need the principal press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedom in our Constitution. So I only ask the famously well‑heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists because we are going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing. Once, when I was standing around on set one day, whining about something—we were going to work through supper or the long hours or whatever—Tommy Lee Jones said to me, ‘Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?’ Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart. Make it into art.’ Thank you, friend.”


Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe speech

  1. What a dumb speech. Does she think Trump is gonna kick out foreign-born movie stars? I thought that half of Hollywood was planning to leave the US voluntarily if Trump won – what happened to that anyway? I’m pretty sure that the Trump administration plans to strengthen border security and deport illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes, I’m not sure why anyone would oppose measures like that. Especially a wealthy, pampered movie star who lives in an exclusive, gated community. What was with that little swipe at football and mma all about anyway? I guess she doesn’t realize what an international sport mma is, with many of the biggest names in the sport and several current UFC champions being foreigners. Must have been just her taking a shot at the working class plebs. Those out of touch stars up in their ivory towers seem to view the average American with contempt. Maybe she’s just bitter that all those ridiculous video messages that groups of celebrities make to try to influence public opinion backfired this election cycle. You know, those stupid ones where they all repeat the same phrases over and over.

  2. Bravo for using the opportunity to show how civil people deal with uncivilized people.(she didn’t mention Trump so I will keep it generalized.

    • Civil — I’ll give you that. But I don’t buy the hypocrisy one iota. When was the last time you saw a disabled A-list actor/actress in a role? Better yet — why have able-bodied people play in a disabled role? Why do they have straight actors/actresses playing non-straight roles? How is it that the US population is made up of 20% Latino heritage, yet Latino’s makeup 5% of the roles on TVs and films? If you’re going to criticize Ms. Streep — better look deeper at the industry that has made you millions.

  3. I am a full supporter of free speech, Ms. Streep’s or anyone else should say what they want and when they want. The problem I have is the hypocrisy of what she had to say. I believe it was something like we must protect the press we must protect the truth – so based upon this statement Ms. Streep is ok with the hacking of the DNC as it simply released the truth…right?

    • Maybe you need to read (or listen to the speech) again. She kept coming back to ‘respect”. Surely no one can excuse the president-elect’s lack of respect- for the disabled reporter, for women, for his opponents, and for the truth.
      She was right to state- in this time of fake news dissemination- that the press has to be vigilant.

      • My comment was regarding her view on the truth; the DNC lied and covered up many things, the truth was revealed. Clinton was already known to be a misleading person, so did this help Trump, in my mind the jury is still out on that. If a reporter revealed this info on the DNC they would have received the Pulitzer for it. The continued harping about Russia interfering with the election is misleading, voting machines and other tools to vote were not affected. Proving Clinton was the person everyone thought she is was a service. Your comment about fake new, absolutely we need to put a stop to this immediately. But I think it is up to the Citizens of free Countries to make sure this is done as the “free press” especially CNN reminds me of Pravda and the USSR. We have allowed them to govern themselves and it has proven a failure. They are so out of touch, it scares me. At no point did I say anything even remotely supportive of Trump, he is by all accounts a despicable person. Regarding respect, this is needed on both sides, the left as well as the right are disrespectful to all its Citizens.

  4. … and while she mentioned it (Respect) perhaps she could respect the Constitution as it refers to the laws and rules of National Elections.

    • No one, least of all Ms Streep, denies that Trump won the election. She was appalled at his statements- as many of us are, and were.

  5. Trump is the very definition of “mock” (in verb,adjective and noun) so he should just own it already.

    tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.
    “he mocks them as Washington insiders”
    synonyms: ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, make fun of, laugh at, scoff at, tease, taunt; More
    not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive.
    “a mock-Georgian red brick house”
    synonyms: imitation, artificial, man-made, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, fake, reproduction, dummy, sham, false, faux, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, inauthentic, pseudo; More
    an object of derision.
    “he has become the mock of all his contemporaries”

  6. there’s a small error in the piece. Ms Streep said we need ” a principled” press, and not “a principal” press.

  7. Many radical Muslims celebrated 9/11 attack everywhere its the truth (Check google or in you tube) so if a reporter from the New York times says not true of course everyones is angry for insulting those who died.disabled or not.Stupid Meryil wanted attention.Cried cause she is a Hillary supporter but its sad she didn’t mention about disabled boy gaged and bullied ?So its time all in the movie and music industry accept trump is the president of the united states and move on

  8. Another prime example of the elites being hypocrites! She was trying to make out that the entertainment elites were victims of a big bully. But the camera should have panned to the audience wearing their thousands of dollars gowns and suits, dripping with jewels, eating a dinner that on a per plate basis probably costs more than what most Americans make in a week! And this same group was more than willing to cheer on a child rapist when he won the Best Director prize (yes, I’m talking about Roman).

    Instead of talking about a real bullying situation of a disabled man in Chicago by four black thugs, she recites an inaccurate account of Trump mocking a ‘disabled’ reporter on a very heated campaign trail.

    She is no hero – her position was the ONLY accepted position in that environment and all she did was pour more oil on an already inflamed situation. I mentioned my disgust to a friend and was attacked by her where she noted that she was sure that Meryl could care less about what I thought or said. She is right and it is that attitude that got Trump elected by the many non-elites in America that were fed up with being told what to think, believe, and say.