Watch Meryl Streep’s incredibly powerful Golden Globes speech here

Watch Meryl Streep’s incredibly powerful Golden Globes speech here

Watch Meryl Streep’s incredibly powerful Golden Globes speech here
The moment that everyone is talking about from last night’s Golden Globes is Meryl Streep’s incredibly moving and powerful speech. Streep gave the speech after being presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by fellow award-winner, Viola Davis, who had the most supportive thing to say about the iconic actor. Indeed, Streep had this week previously presented Davis with her star on the Walk of Fame, and the pair worked together on the 2008 film Doubt, which also starred the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Speaking for over five minutes, Meryl Streep touched on various points, including the need to defend the free press and the cultural melting pot that is Hollywood.

Beginning by thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press, Meryl said that “[y]ou 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.”  She then went on to question exactly what Hollywood is, detailing that many of the famous faces present, including herself, Sarah Paulson, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, and Ruth Negga, had all been born in different places.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” she said. “And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
Continuing, she added: “An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.”  Meryl Streep Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images   Then, in a bold and divisive move, Streep then went on to speak about the incident where it appeared that Donald Trump had mocked a disabled New York Times reporter.
“[T]here 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,” Meryl said. “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. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.”
Meryl Streep then made an impassioned call for everyone to support the Committee to Protect Journalists as “we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”  Finally, the acting legend, who has won a staggering eight Golden Globes, turned her focus to the privilege of being an actor, before giving a tribute to her friend, the late-Carrie Fisher.
“As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art,” she finished.

Watch Meryl Streep’s full Golden Globes speech below.

Read a full transcript of Meryl Streep’s speech below (via New York Times).
Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read. 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. But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work. But 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. 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. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it. O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the 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. One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.

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