Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech at the 74th Golden Globe Awards to draw attention to Donald Trump’s mocking of New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.
The critically lauded actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and used her allotted time to excoriate the President-elect without specifically referring to him by name.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “It sank its hooks 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 kind of broke my heart when I saw it. 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep added.
Streep went on to encourage her fellow creative artists to continue championing freedom of the press.
In response, President-elect Donald Trump blasted her on Twitter as “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
The entertainment industry was quick to rally to the defense of the acclaimed actress, who has been nominated for 30 Golden Globe awards and 19 Academy Awards in her four-decades-long career.
Check out the video above to find out which celebrities defended Streep against Trump’s latest attack.
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