In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Meryl Streep was honoured for her incredible body of work Sunday night at the Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the legendary actress used the opportunity to speak out about President-elect Donald Trump (without ever naming him).
After being introduced by Golden Globe winner Viola Davis and a highlight reel of her most popular films, Streep began her speech thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and saying how they represented the vilified members of society – Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
After naming several actors who were born everywhere from Kenya (Dev Patel) to Jerusalem (Natalie Portman) to Canada (Ryan Gosling), she asked where their birth certificates were, a reference to how Trump had questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship back in 2011.
“So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which is not the arts,” she said, to much applause from the audience.
After speaking about the job of an actor, she went on to say the performance that stunned her the most this year and “sank its hooks in her heart” was the one that wasn’t by an actor at all but someone who will be sitting in the most respected seat in the country and how he imitated a disabled reporter.
“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.”
Streep went on to say this behavior gives others permission to do the same thing and we need the press to keep those in power accountable and call them on every outrage.
“Disrespect invites disrespect; violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
She asked the Hollywood Foreign Press and everyone in the community to join her in supporting the committee to protect journalists because we will need them and they will need us to safeguard the truth.
“As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'”