The highlight of the Golden Globes ceremony 2017 was hands down Meryl Streep’s passionate acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award where she took her opportunity in front of her peers and the world to slam president-elect Donald Trump.
She told of her heartbreak at Donald Trump’s mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski for his disability during a rally in 2015.
She 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 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.”
Meryl also paid tribute to her late friend Carrie Fisher saying “As my friend, the dearly departed Princess Leia said to me, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you friend.”
Check out her full acceptance speech below…