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  January 9th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Tonight at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep gave a speech that should be winning her just another award for the brilliant mind she is. Streep spoke of the importance of empathy in today’s world and referenced the moment that Trump mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a rally in 2015 for his disability. “This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in thee 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 said. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” She then highlighted the importance of the press: “We need the principled 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 freedoms in our Constitution.” Her full speech and tribute video can be found in the video archive, pictures are constantly being added to the photo gallery. After the cut, you can also find a transcript of her speech.



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I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me, I’ve lost my voice in screaming in lamentation this weekend and I have lost my mind sometimes 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 in New Jersey; Viola [Davis] was born in sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina and 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, Veneto, 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. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here 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 that did exactly that — breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performance this year that stunned me, 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 the moment where 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 head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a 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, and when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

Okay this brings me to the press. We need the principal press to hold power to account, to call him them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms 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’re gonna need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing — once, when I was standing around on the 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 actor’s empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dearly departed Princess Leia said to me, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you friend.”




  • Squidgal

    Freedom of speech is as American as apple pie. Ms. Streep was just exercising her right to free speech. You seem like a very bitter, unsettled, extremely self-centered person. Do you have any friends?

  • Squidgal

    It looked very much like he was making fun of the disability. It was childish.

  • diannep

    funny you should ask…
    Donald Trump cares what celebs very much… as witnessed over his twitter posts. When someone does not care, they do not rant.

  • Doris

    Ms. Streep spoke against bullying, against despising others, against the loss of empathy. She alerted us about the dangers of bad examples given by people in leading positions. She reminded us, that values like respect and humanity cannot be taken for granted, that they need to be hold up and defended.

    Ms. Streep obviously fears that those values are at a bigger than normal risk with Mr.
    Trump as president. Some people share those fears, others don’t. Well, I sincerely hope with all my heart (and I dare say Ms. Streep does, too), that those others will be proven right. But we should remind ourselves every day anyway that human values need to be groomed and mustn’t be neglected, no matter who’s in charge. And in
    this regard we should be very aware of ourselves and of our surroundings.

    Thank you very much, Meryl, for reminding us!

  • James Smith

    There are plenty of reasons to dislike trump but I don’t think this is one. You guys watch the links and let me know if you think he is trying to impersonate the reporter’s disability or trying to impersonate someone that is scared in trumps mind. I think we should all stop and think and not just eat up establishment spoon feeding.

  • James Smith

    In fact that is not how the reporter talks in any manner and trumps impression is some generic impression he makes of anyone that is scared. So this is a complete lie to the American people and I would hope someone so well-intentioned would not tote the party line and try to stop acting and bring genuine truth to the people for once.

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  • James Smith

    No, disrespect but I think Meryl should fact check. I respect her work and her right to free speech and her well-intentioned and wonderful delivery, but I don’t think trump did what she said.

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  • Dana

    I wish you and the other Hollywood elites would take the advice families were given over the holidays when gathering with family, DO NOT DISCUSS POLITICS. I tune in to shows such as the Golden Globes for entertainment purposes. I am very into politics and watch all the cable shows and Sunday morning shows. The GG should be my escape. You took advantage of your access to a microphone to spout your opinions. Those of us in middle America (or flyover country as you would refer to us) never have that opportunity. You make millions and that money comes out of the pockets of people like me. To see a movie with concessions is about $50 for a couple (more if babysitter is needed), That is a penny to you, but it is a luxury to me. You are out of touch. BTW I love watching football!! But, I also attend live stage theatrical productions when I can. How dare you look down your nose at those who enjoy viewing a sporting event. The very people you liberals claim to have in their best interest have probably never been exposed to “the arts” you referred to due to the exorbitant cost. Get over yourself and put your money where your mouth is, or else keep it shut please.

  • Family Facilitator

    She wasn’t speaking of a “local” political leader. Her ability to do good in the world rest upon her gifts as an actor. She is very gifted and able to convey much more when people aren’t filtering her with their political views. Credibility rest on not overstepping your niche and your expertise. Her values are woven into her craft.

  • diannep

    I disagree. How on earth did America get in this huge disconnect? It is not going away. If anything people need to be brave enough to keep their own sanity and be able to talk to their local political leaders directly about what they can and cannot accept. Personally, I believe we should call out bullies.

  • diannep

    I loved your speech. Your simple yet dramatic imagery of the man many of us have a natural disconnect towards connected me and others to what bothers us now..
    If you can stand up to this powerhouse bully in a direct yet gracious manner, we can do the same….

  • Family Facilitator

    I am an incredible fan! Your abilities as an actor are without peer! I know when your name is associated with a project I will be wowed and find a new way to look at things.
    You should not venture in to the political fray! It will only make enemies. You career is about acting not about spending 24/7 assessing what is happening in the larger part of the US. None of us has the proper scope and understanding. You however have a larger group of people who relate to you. This is an added responsibility to actually be in command of more information or understanding than most of us. You may forfeit loyalty and appreciation by venturing forward. Please don’t. Rise above and continue to uplift people by doing what you have done for more than thirty years!

  • Nathali Shain

    An iron punch with a silk glove. That’s class. Thank you Meryl

  • Laura Hawkins

    Ms. Streep – I want to thank you for speaking up at the awards. We have all been grieving and “screaming lamentations” since Nov 8. This year was my first as a precinct chair in Dallas County (Blue since 2004). We devoted ourselves to every piece of volunteer work we could do. Before Comey’s announcement 10 days before election – we actually were edging up. Can you believe 38 electoral votes from Texas? I have felt destroyed since then, but I’m walking in Austin 1/21 along with thousands of women/men. Your speech was so courageous, inspiring, hopeful, and it reached millions that needed that boost to continue to fight for our democracy. Our fight for women/human rights continues and with a force like yours – we will prevail. Thank you for your talent, your artistic genius, and your courage to stand up for what is right and true.

  • Patty Scheving

    If you can’t stop him, you can show his ignorance at every chance, and this is one way to do it. Thanks to Ms. Streep for having the bravery to shine a light on this fool who is about to be our president (yukkkk!). I love his response – shows his eggshell thin ego and ignorance once again.

  • Caroline Voss

    Meryl you are the greatest!!! I couldn’t have more respect for you ❤

  • Terry English

    Who cares what you and 99% of hollywod celebs think? Do you really think anyone does?

  • Squidgal

    I want to thank Ms. Streep for speaking up for so many who would not be able to reach the audience she deservedly commands. I consider it a very brave thing to do as Mr. Trump’s supporters have been extremely caustic and threatening to those who do speak out against him. Ms. Streep was respectful throughout her address – something the president-elect does not seem capable of doing. We cannot normalize Donald Trump and his proposed administration. Ms. Streep has bravely contributed to reclaiming our wonderful country … we need to follow her lead. Question this administration on all points. Thank you Ms. Streep for your leadership.

  • Teri Picard

    Miss Streep! You are one class act! I have always been a big fan but tonight I am full of admiration and love. I honor you and appreciate you for your courage to speak out against everything negative Trump spews out for the world to see.
    Thank you. Thank you.