Accepting the Cecil B’ DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, Meryl Streep used the platform to call out Donald Trump’s ‘instinct to humiliate’.
The three-time Oscar winning actress first asked the star-studded audience to forgive her for having lost her voice, and then, without mentioning his name, used the rest of the time to attack Trump’s behaviour and policies. saying his actions legitimised bullying.
“And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year,” Streep commented, stating that she and her fellow performers in the room “belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” exemplified by the Hollywood Foreign Press, who hand out the Golden Globes.
“Think about it,” Streep continued.
“Hollywood, foreigners, and the press. But who are we? And, you know, what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.”
She then reeled off the places that various actors in the audience come from, including British actors Ruth Negga and Dev Patel, who she described as, “born in Kenya, raised in London” who “is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania.”
Streep’s powerful speech then spoke of the importance of empathy in today’s world. She made reference to 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. 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.”
To finish her speech, she quoted her late friend Carrie Fisher, who cast Streep as a version of herself in Postcards from the Edge:
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made 2017’s ceremony a memorable night for British actors, with six gongs being awarded to actors our side of the pond.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was among the early winners winning for best supporting actor for his portrayal of villain Ray Marcus in Tom Ford’s film ‘Nocturnal Animals’. Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman all received nods for TV thriller ‘The Night Manager’, whilst Claire Foy took home Best Actress in a TV Drama for ‘The Crown’.