Meryl Streep stuns with powerful speech at Golden Globes

Legendary actress Meryl Streep has left people around the world with tears in their eyes after delivering a powerful speech
Meryl Streep brought the house down with her words.

Legendary actress Meryl Streep has left people around the world with tears in their eyes after delivering a powerful speech as she accepted her award at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

Meryl was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and used her acceptance speech to drive home a very powerful moment and make a pointed reference to incoming president Donald Trump.

Working off Trump’s campaign to curb immigration into America, Meryl started by talking about how many of the wonderful actors in the room were born overseas.

“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,” she said.

“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 modelled 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.

“Okay, 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 honours here tonight.

“As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.”

Her speech is being shared widely across social media, with many saying it is just the thing the world needs right now.

Do you agree with Meryl words? Are you a fan of her work?

  1. Terri Thomas  

    Meryl Streep speaks from her heart and says it better than anyone. Empathy for all living beings is so important. I loved her from the time I saw her in Silkwood.

  2. Gavin Fernie  

    Meryl Streep is not only a truly great actress, a beautiful, classy lady both inside and out, but a highly intelligent voice of reason in an America which is infested with too many right wing nutters, religious zealots, akin to the people of ISIS and other radical groups they wish to wipe out.

    Oh for many more Meryl Streeps and less Drumpfs!

  3. Barb horton  

    Agree with everything said , love Meryl, one in a million xxxx

  4. Geoff McKenzie  

    She got it a bit wrong.Trumps campaign is not about banning immigration.It,s about trying to prevent illegal immigration.It,s about stricter monitoring of immigration from troubled regions.Also,Trump has a weird way about how gestures with his hands.There are speeches he had given,before he was ranting about that handicapped reporter,that had exact same hand mannerisms.Check it out.He was having a go at the poor guy,for his line of questioning,not his handicap.

  5. Wendy Straker  

    I could never forget Meryls performance in ‘ Sophie’s Choice’, then so different in Kramer vs Kramer. She heartily deserves the accolades given. Her roles are consistently brilliant.

  6. Toni Ardill  

    She is a truly beautiful person in every way, great actress & I believe a great lady.

  7. Betty  

    The height of hypicrisy especially since she ended her speech with, a quote “”take your broken heart & turn it to art”… So why didn’t she? . She was given the highest award in the industry but instead of being appreciative she chose instead to Turn Art into a political arena….it just wasn’t the venue for it. She lost me on this one.

  8. Dieter  

    She might be an good actress but who does she think she is.
    I find it absurd when actors (with or without certain brains) think they have the ability to politicise and comment openly about issues they oppose.
    Actors are supposed to entertain and should stick with it.
    It is everyone’s right to go into politics and try to achieve what ever goel they set for them self.

    • B Allen  

      She has EVERY RIGHT to have her say. She had the right to VOTE. She is an AMERICAN, She has FREEDOM OF SPEECH, She has every right to say and do what she thinks. “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE” That is what is written in your National Anthem. And that goes for the “So Called White people, and the people that were either born in Africa or the West Indies. I have seen Americans Standing with Hand on Heart singing National Anthem but how many really sing the words from the Heart? About One Third of you.

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