The Hollywood Foreign Press Association held its 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony last night.
Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award. It's an honorary award given to recognize "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."
Without a doubt, Streep has had a storied career in Hollywood and certainly deserves the recognition.
Unfortunately, as she accepted the award, she used the nationally televised program as her opportunity to trash Trump.
From Entertainment Weekly:
Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony and used her speech as an opportunity to slam President-elect Donald Trump without ever mentioning him by name.Question for Ms. Streep: Were you heartbroken when President Obama mocked Special Olympics and its participants?
In her speech, Streep called out Trump for mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski for his disability during a rally in 2015. Kovaleski has a congenital joint condition, and Trump impersonated the reporter by waving his hands around wildly. (The president-elect denied he was making fun of Kovaleski for his disability.)
“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,” she said. “It was the moment where 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. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.”
She continued, “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everybody’s life because it gives permission for other people to do the same. Disrespect invited disrespect, violence incites violence, and when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Given that she's so concerned about the powerful being disrespectful and bullying others, Streep certainly could not have remained silent when the following exchange took place on March 19, 2009, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
MR. LENO: Now, are they going to put a basketball –- I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down.Did Streep condemn Obama for belittling the achievements of thousands of individuals in the Special Olympics?
MR. OBAMA: No, no. I have been practicing all –- (laughter.)
MR. LENO: Really? Really?
MR. OBAMA: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)
MR. LENO: No, that's very good. Yes. That's very good, Mr. President.
MR. OBAMA: It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)
MR. LENO: No, that's very good.
MR. OBAMA: No, listen, I'm making progress on the bowling, yes.
Did the others in attendance at the Hollywood gala condemn Obama for his callousness and insensitivity?
Did Streep and her cohorts condemn the cruel, cold-hearted Obama?
If they did, I missed it. Given that the interview was such a highly publicized event, I'm sure Streep was aware of Obama's remarks.
The Hollywood hypocrites gave Obama a pass at every turn.
Streep not only attacked Trump in her speech. She attacked Trump voters.
This statement was hilarious:
MERYL STREEP: Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press, just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.Boo fricking hoo!
Feel sympathy for the beautiful Hollywood people. They're vilified by American society. How will they get by?
Give me a break!
Did Streep speak out against Hillary when she made her "basket of deplorables" comment? Did she call out Hillary for saying millions of Americans were "irredeemable"?
Yes, Streep just oozes empathy.
Streep's comments about the press were equally amusing.
STREEP: Okay this brings me to the press. We need the principal press to hold power to account, to call him them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists because we’re gonna need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Journalists have been covering for Obama and those in his administration for nearly a decade.
They didn't call him "on the carpet for every outrage."
Journalists don't need protection. They protect themselves and push their agendas.
For eight years, the truth has not been safeguarded. We've been fed lie after lie.
Did Streep complain when Obama flat-out lied, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"?
Did Streep care about the truth when it came to the Benghazi cover-up?
Streep's speech, while passionate, was lacking in truthfulness.
Hollywood isn't about reality and that's what many of us like about it. However, when Hollywood speaks in the real world, reality must be addressed.