George Clooney, Barbra Streisand and Ben Affleck are among the latest A-listers to voice their support for Meryl Streep after president-elect Donald Trump called the actress "over-rated" following her Golden Globes acceptance speech Sunday.
“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told People
sarcastically at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation Monday. “She’s maybe the
most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated."
As Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday's Globes, she took Donald Trump to task. Without calling him out by name, she recalled the time he mocked a disabled reporter
, and told the crowd, "when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
It incited Trump to take to Twitter Monday morning, calling the actress "over-rated." This despite telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2015
she's "excellent" and a "fine actress."
The comment prompted Barbra Streisand to call into "Hardball with Chris Matthews" Monday in defense of Streep.
"I thought that she said what she said beautifully," Streep said, adding Trump "has the need to talk back and insult anybody who doesn't agree with him. And that's pretty disgraceful."
Commenting on Trump's past quote hailing the actress, Streisand said, "That's why you can't trust anything he says. Because if you get on his wrong side he will blast you negatively."
The row was also the talk of late night, with Ben Affleck telling Jimmy Kimmel Trump got it wrong.
"If there's one thing truly in the world we know is not true, it's that Meryl Streep is overrated," he said. "If you look up in the encyclopedia 'great actress,' there's a picture of Meryl Streep."
Over on "Late Night," Seth Meyers took "A Closer Look" at Trump's presidential transition and his tendency to tweet "obsessively."
"Overrated? [Meryl]'s so good people use her to compliment people in other professions," he said. "Like LeBron James is the Meryl Streep of basketball. Or Donald Trump is the Meryl Streep of having thick skin."
On the "Late Show" Stephen Colbert was also having none of it
"Mr. Trump, you can refuse to release your taxes, you can call to ban an entire religion, you can play footsie with a dictator. But calling Meryl Streep overrated? No. No. Too far."