Meryl Streep decided to take her time on stage at the Golden Globes Sunday, after winning the Cecil B. DeMille award, to urge Americans to embrace our diverse culture and show Trump that he will not tear us down.
Donald Trump built his campaign on racism and hate. His demeaning of minorities, women, and the disabled stunned the world. And now that man that mocked a disabled reported, called every Mexican immigrant a rapist, and who gloated about sexually harassing women is going be taking an oath to the highest office in the country on January 20.
It’s like something from a horror movie, but it’s real life. As Streep said in her speech, talking about the time when Donal mocked the disabled reporter, “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, 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 its modeled by someone on 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. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep began her speech to talk about what makes Hollywood such a great place, and using that as a way to show that America is great because of the diversity that exists here. “Who are we, and what is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from a bunch of places… Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or right kids from Ohio, Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?” Streep asked rhetorically, an obvious slight to Donald Trump’s widely maligned “birther” comments questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace.
“Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian,” Streep added. “And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania,” she continued.
“So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
Not once did Streep mention Donald Trump’s name during her speech and yet we all knew it was about him. Many people were praising Streep for her magnificent and powerful speech, while Trump supporters on the other hand, weren’t so happy about it.