The Golden Globes are an award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and if that phrase sounds like something that you would find on the shortlist of organizations Donald Trump has his sights on, then you’re not alone.
After all, if there’s one thing Trump loves, it’s xenophobia, and if there’s one thing he hates, it’s the press.
And that xenophobia and hatred of the press earned him top billing tonight at the award ceremony, when Meryl Streep put Trump on blast during her speech — without even mentioning his name.
Given how narcissistic Trump is, that’s got to hurt worse than just about anything she said.
She began her speech by noting that she “lost her voice” while “screaming in lamentation this weekend” and her “mind sometime earlier this year.” She then went on to address the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, noting that the various actors and actresses in attendance were all outsiders likely to be targeted by a Trump Administration.
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 here that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performance here that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there’s 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.
Streep would go on to note that Trump doing it “gave permission” for others to follow suit (not that the chimpanzees voting for him needed that permission, mind). She called on the press to take Trump to task for all of his “outrages” — something that they should be doing anyway, but if this election cycle is any reminder, they seem to have forgotten how — and asked people to join her in protecting the press and media from Trump.
The most powerful line, for me anyway, was when Streep noted that, “when powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” You’d think that was a lesson we’d learned after World War II, but nope. Apparently we didn’t learn it enough, since High Lord Orange Peel is now set to become president later this month despite ripping pages from the NSDAP playbook.
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— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017
Feature image via Flickr
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