Meryl Streep Comments On Trump At The Globes

by Lia Beck

On Sunday night at the Golden Globe awards, Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for her contributions to film over the years. While the moment and the award were all about her and the many, many roles she's played over the years, things took a political turn when Streep spoke about Donald Trump and about the importance of freedom of press in 2017.

Streep decided to make her speech about basically everyone except for herself. The beginning of her speech was all about pointing out the achievements and backgrounds of many of the actors who were nominated that night, but, as it went on, she decided to talk about the state of the country today. First, without saying Trump's name, Streep said, apparently referencing a situation that made headlines in 2015,

There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks into my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was affective and it did its job. It made it's 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 it saw it, and I still can't get it out of my head, because it wasn't in a movie; it was in real life.

(Trump has denied allegations that he mocked a disabled reporter.)

Streep went on to talk about freedom of the press and its importance in this day and age:

This brings me to the press. We need a principled press to hold power into account to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.

She continued,

Join me in supporting The Committee to Protect Journalists because we're going to need them going forward and they'll need us to safe guard the truth.

Streep's speech is worth checking out in full in the video above.