More often than not an acceptance speech is a collection of platitudes in which the winner thanks his or her family and coworkers. God is optional. However, on Sunday night, Meryl Streep used the opportunity to launch a fierce attack on Donald Trump.
Recently, we reported that Mark Hamill had used his voice talents to take aim at Donald Trump.
It was a fairly light-hearted attack, and failed to evoke a response from the famously thin-skinned President-elect.
But at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to the World of Entertainment’, and while she didn’t call out Trump by name, she was throwing some serious shade.
Streep began by praising the diversity of her peers, role-calling famous actors and their birthplaces, asking, “Where are their birth certificates?”
She then added: “If you kick them all out, you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. Which are not the arts.”
Streep continued by explaining that although there were many fine performances this year, the one that really stood out was by none other than Trump himself:
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled, reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back… And this instinct – to humiliate – when it’s modelled 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.
The speech was concluded by Streep encouraging the press to speak truth to power and remembering the words of her late friend, Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Trump responded in true Trump-fashion by taking to Twitter and calling Streep “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunk who lost big”.
He also denied mocking the disabled reporter, saying that he was depicting the reporter “grovelling”, not poking fun of his disability. Like every moment these days, the ‘performance’ was caught on video, so you can watch it again and decide for yourself:
(For the sake of fairness, pop over to the r/The Donald subreddit for the view that Trump was imitating “Double Talking”.)
Regarding Trump’s other major claim, on Monday, the Associated Press attempted to fact-check whether or not Streep is overrated.
Here are some of the facts: Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations, with 19 Oscar nominations and three wins. She also has 29 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins, two Emmy Awards, and ten People’s Choice Awards.
That’s not to mention a whole bunch of other accolades she has received, like the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Now, Trump will tell you that a lot of that stuff was undeserved – or that perhaps she finagled it through connections in the Hollywood elite.
But Streep is one of the finest – if not the finest – actor who has ever lived. Anyone who has seen her in a movie knows this. Just as we know that Trump is mocking a disabled person in that video. Welcome to the post-truth Presidency, people.
That said, Streep may have missed the target slightly in calling out mixed martial arts (MMA). Five of the eleven champions of the sport are non-Americans, so it doesn’t make sense to attack the sport from the point of view of diversity. Strictly speaking, it isn’t an art though I guess.
The deeper, scarier problem here is this: when Trump takes to Twitter to argue with an actor or criticise a TV show, it distracts from the real issues. It also inhibits him from doing his job.
Or maybe we can put it a way that Trump will understand.
Oh, and according to the AP, there is one award that Trump has got over Streep.
He’s won a Razzie.