While receiving her Cecil B. DeMille award on Sunday evening, Meryl Streep gave a speech which moved audience to tears. The 67-year-old legend did not hesitate in voicing her disagreement with the views and comments of President elect Donald Trump.
She emphasized on how the Hollywood comprised of foreign stars and diverse culture. She said,” 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, 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. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Since her speech, social media has been abuzz with support and Donald Trump reportedly said Meryl’s response was expected and he isn’t surprised.