It's no secret that Hollywood leans a little to the left. All throughout the tumultuous election season dozens of actors and performers came out in a show of support for both Democratic contenders, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. And now, despite the conservative cry to "get over it," (most of) Hollywood is still fighting against the normalization of hate and bigotry in our government.
Last night, Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globes. She took advantage of her time in the spotlight to give a speech that threw some not-so-subtle shade at president-elect Donald Trump.
You can check out the full speech right here:
Streep noted that the Golden Globes — which is run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — was a gathering of three different groups that Donald Trump had spent his long campaign denouncing: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
Then, Streep called out one particular display of cruelty from the election season that made her heart sick:
"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 that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. 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... 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 is receiving a mixed response to her comments, with much of the audience during the #GoldenGlobes showing their support, and plenty of Republicans denouncing her statements. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump himself is among those that responded negatively to Streep's pleas for empathy. The president-elect chose to issue a handful of scattered comebacks in the New York Times, which, TBH, is slightly more presidential than his preferred method of Twitter trolling.
Without having actually seen Streep's speech, Trump told the Times on Monday morning that he was "not surprised" that "liberal movie people" had denounced him. He also referred to Meryl Streep as a "Hillary lover," which might be the nicest thing he's said to a lady since "nasty woman."
Trump continued to defend his actions to the Times:
"People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing. And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary."
As you've undoubtedly already heard, Trump is having difficulty finding performers for his impending inauguration. But, don't worry, he says:
"We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars."
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Then, without providing any evidence whatsoever, he falsely proclaimed:
"All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration."
So... yeah. Make of that what you will.
If you thought that it was only a matter of time before Trump lashed out in 140-characters or less, you were right! He devoted three whole tweets to denouncing Meryl Streep and once again explaining how he didn't mock a disabled reporter (even though he did):
(Sources: The New York Times)
Here's a mashup of the Presidential Debate as a rap battle to lighten the mood.
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