It was one of the most stirring speeches in Golden Globes history, but not everyone liked Meryl Streep's speech, in which the Cecil B. DeMille award recipient took aim at President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday, January 8. And the former reality TV star was among those critics. Watch what Streep said in the video above.
After an introduction by Viola Davis, the 67-year-old Oscar winner talked about the diversity in the Hollywood community and called out the self-proclaimed billionaire for mocking a disabled reporter, 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing."
"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence," she continued. "And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
The real estate mogul quickly dismissed Streep as a "Hillary lover" in an interview with the New York Times early on Monday, January 9. In a brief phone call with the Times, Trump said that he had not watched the award show or seen Streep's speech but said that he was "not surprised" that he had been attacked by "liberal movie people."
He also denied, as he has before, that he was mocking the Times reporter she referred to, Serge F. Kovaleski. Last year, Trump performed an unflattering impression of the journalist, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a South Carolina rally — which you can watch in the video below.
"I was never mocking anyone," he told the Times. "People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing."
"And remember," he continued. "Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary."
He then took to Twitter to blast her once again, writing: "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him 'groveling' when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"
Despite his negative comments about Streep, Trump praised the actress in August 2015. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if there are any actresses that he loves, Trump praised the showbiz vet. “Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too,” he said. “The problem is I’ll name three or four or five [actresses] and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don’t mean to insult them.”
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Some commenters on Twitter guessed that Trump's comments to the Times would not be the only thoughts he would be expressing about the Florence Foster Jenkins star, and wrote that they were looking forward to reading his middle-of-the-night tweets. (Watch the video below to see some of the other jabs celebs made at Trump during the ceremony.)
But others called her out for politicizing a speech at an award show for TV and film. Among the dissenters was The Middle star Patricia Heaton, who tweeted, "Bummer — I wanted to hear Meryl talk about her career…"
After a number of people replied to her tweet, the Everybody Loves Raymond alum followed up with a series of tweets, including, "I forgot that folks on twitter are always ready to pounce. I wasn't being political, people — also I didn't vote for Trump (or Hillary)."
Then she added, "To be clear, of course Meryl Streep is entitled to her opinion/say what she wants. I just like actors' stories."
Trump supporter and Fox News host Sean Hannity shared his dismay over Streep's speech on Twitter, writing, "This is exactly why Hwood is DYING, what abunch of hypocrites. Sex, violence, and drivel rule hwood. Turning the channel."
Republican senator and former presidential candidate John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain also slammed the Devil Wears Prada star. "This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won," the talk radio host tweeted. "And if people in Hollywood don't start recognizing why and how — you will help him get re-elected."
During a Monday morning interview on Fox & Friends, Trump's former campaign manager and newly appointed White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said that Streep's speech "concerned" her. “I’m concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also, I think, inciting people’s worst instincts,” she said. “When she won’t get up there and say, ‘I didn’t like it, but let’s try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him.’ Which he has actually done from moment one. The moment he won, he said, 'I’m going to be president for [all people].'”
But Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes took on all the haters when she tweeted, "How DARE Meryl exercise her right to free speech like that's a thing we are allowed to do here in Ameri- wait…hmm #MerylStreep."
And she was not the only one praising Streep for taking a bold stand against Trump. Read more tweets in support of the 19-time Academy Award nominee from stars including Julianne Moore, Sophia Bush and Elizabeth Banks below.
#MerylStreep tonight 🔥 thank you for defending us and "take your broken heart, make it into art" ❤️— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 9, 2017
Thank you #MerylStreep ❣️❣️Oh how I love you and all that you stand for❣️❣️— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) January 9, 2017
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