Golden Globes 2017: Meryl Streep condemns president-elect Donald Trump

Golden Globes 2017: Meryl Streep condemns president-elect Donald Trump

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held at The Beverly Hilton on January 8, 2017, the awards ceremony was televised in the United States by NBC and it was produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Talk-show host, comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon hosted the Golden Globe awards while the nominations were announced by Don Cheadle, Laura Dern and Anna Kendrick on December 12, 2016.

Veteran actor Meryl Streep was nominated for the Cecil B DeMille award and when she came to receive the award she spoke her mind about the current political situation in United States. She used the speech as a platform to criticise the president-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled journalist during his election campaign.

She was referring to Serge Kovaleski who is a reporter for the New York Times.

Meryl Streep gave an emotional speech and said: “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 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. 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 condemned Donald Trump’s behaviour as it sets up a bad example for others to follow, she said: “This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform.By someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.

“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

Meryl Streep was not the only one to criticise, Viola Davis said during her backstage interview:

“I think that America in and of itself has been an affirmation, but I think that we’ve fallen short a lot because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system. So the what does

that say about us? And I think that if you answer that question I think that says it all.”

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