Meryl Streep made a powerful Anti-Trump speech at the 2017 Golden Globes

Using the Golden Globes, Mery Streep asked her peers to help protect the freedom of speech and press on Sunday Night. This was in a way her rant against the most controversial president-elect ever.

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It was an emotional speech, Meryl told Hollywood that her favorite performance of the previous year would be Donald Trump’s where he mocked a disabled reporter, claiming that it ‘sank its hook in my heart, not because it was good, there was nothing good about it’.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 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)

She added: ‘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.’ She also added to suggest that Hollywood cinema needed to come together to support the press because ‘we need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage’.


As the crowd in front of her cheered, she added: ‘That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the constitution.’ The speech began with Streep listing the birthplaces of many of Hollywood’s most famous actors and actresses, including Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, Amy Adams, and Sarah Jessica Parker, making the case that despite Hollywood being described as ‘elite’, the majority of the faces we see on screen come from humble beginnings.

The Oscar-winning actress was accepting the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement. At the end of her speech, she also took the time to pay tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, quoting her departed friend: ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art.’


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