Accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award, Meryl Streep, not mentioning Trump’s name, said: “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 did its job.”
Slamming Donald Trump for imitating New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffered a congenital joint condition, the veteran actress 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.”
“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. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said.
Attacking Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance, she said: “Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and the mixed martial arts — which are not the arts.”
Meanwhile, Trump was quick to react on Twitter.
“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.Hillary flunky who lost big,” Trump tweeted.
“For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!” he posted on the micro-blogging site.
While the charges and counter-charges continue, here are 10 things you might not know about Meryl Streep:
1. Meryl Streep wanted to be a lawyer. After graduating with Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Vassar College in 1971, she had applied to a law school.
But she missed the interview as she could not wake from sleep on time. She later joined the Yale School of Drama and did her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from there.
2. She had won an Oscar for Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). But that night amid the festivities, she forgot her trophy at the bathroom!
3. The actress mastered the art of playing violin to play the lead in 1999 film “The Music of the Heart” by practicing for 6 hours a day for 8 weeks.
4. During her early days, Meryl Streep worked as a waitress in a New Jersey hotel.
5. Known for her love for music, Meryl Streep prefers listening to the classical genre to concentrate and get into her character.
6. She has deviated septum. But she has never medically fixed it.
7. In the 2007 film “Evening”, Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer played the young Lila Wittenborn, while Meryl played the older version of the character.
8. Meryl Streep did not initially want to do the 2011 film “The Iron Lady”, a biopic on the longest-serving UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as she was “not fond” of her. It was director Phyllida Lloyd who convinced her and Meryl went on to win her third Oscar for the film.
9. In her entire career, the 67-year-old actress has only been rejected 4 times out of all the roles she auditioned for.
10. She has a great command over accents – be it Australian, British, Danish and Italian or New York Bronx.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.