Meryl Streep just became public enemy No.1 after creating a Twitter storm with her Golden Globes speech

Meryly meryly meryly, life is but a dream

Meryl Streep is the closest thing the US has to a queen.

Of course her acting creds are irreproachable, but she also has that special extra something which makes her status as a national treasure beyond dispute.

Well, almost beyond dispute…

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday (which is basically just an award for general fabulousness and therefore well deserved), Meryl Streep took the opportunity to put the world to rights and in return the world couldn’t help but gaze in awe and reverence.

Here is Meryl’s speech in full:

“You’ll have to forgive me, I’ve lost my voice in screaming in 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 [Davis] 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 from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, 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 Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out we’ll have nothing to watch except 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 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 kind of 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.

“OK, this brings me to the press. We need a principled press to hold power to account, to call 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 going to 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 going to 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 very 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.’ Thank you.”

Naturally the Twitter shitstorm which this has stirred up has not gone unnoticed by the very person at whom Meryl’s powerful speech was aimed at. That is to say, Donald Trump is livid, and he’s hit back hard:

Oh well done, Donald. Rather than using your considerable power to actually make a difference in the world, you’ve chosen to make an immature personal attack that discourages the idea of free speech, one of the fundamental freedoms that the US is supposed to represent.

Don’t you think that a future world leader’s time would be better spent elsewhere or is it so terribly important to impulsively react to every single piece of criticism that comes your way?

Once again, you’ve chosen to react like an overly emotional 11 year old who doesn’t have enough self-control to focus on what’s important.

But regardless of what the president elect believes, Meryl’s strong words have been heard and celebrated by many.

Thanks Meryl for being so brave. If the world was made of Meryls, we would all be much more fabulous place.

Amen to that!


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  1. She is a total hero.

    It’s so reassuring to know that people with an audience, with a platform, a willing to speak out so publicly in defence of what they believe in. But not so reassuring that the President-Elect of the US feels the need to go on a Twitter rant in reaction to a speech at an awards show.

  2. Yes Meryl! So much yes! You go, girl. I LOVE the fact that she, a person of really great prestige and respect, has the balls to stand up there in front of her peers, and the whole world, and say “this is bullshit” but obvs more eloquently.

    She had lost her voice. How powerful of a statement is that alone? Just think about it. Yeah, maybe she’s got a bit of strep throat or something, but she, as a woman working and living in the US, has LOST HER VOICE.

    The irony is not lost. Rule on Queen Streep. Rule on.

  3. Miranda Priestly will always put people in their place, and a keyboard warrior like Trump is no exception.

    Can we all just remember for a minute that this guy is coming into the most powerful job in the WORLD in a matter of days, and he’s sat there having a pop at Meryl Streep? This honestly makes me sick to the stomach – I am TERRIFIED.

  4. Before I watched that video, I was sure I was going to be annoyed. There’s a time and a place for slating people and I was ready for another speech that wasn’t particularly inspiring. These speeches should be for thanking people and those who’ve helped you get to where you are now. HOWEVER. I shouldn’t have doubted her. Intelligent, eloquent speech which shows how well informed she is.


    not big on petty things like calling others out during award speeches etc but this was GOLD. Trump does not deserve our respect – not until he learns to respect others. and literally, what on earth is this tweet?!?! “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses” HAH, jog on donald

  6. MERYL IS AN AMERICAN NATIONAL TREASURE. ‘Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Mamma Mia’, how could anyone not love her. How dare Donald Trump call her “overrated”. She’s an amazing woman and has accomplished SO much. If Trump is going to get upset when any celeb insults him, he has a LONG four years ahead of him.

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