Still shaken by the election of Donald Trump, several prominent members of Hollywood, most notably Meryl Streep, expressed their hostility to the future president last night at the Golden Globe awards.
“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, does not know me and attacked me last night at the Golden Globes,” Donald Trump tweeted Monday Morning. “She’s a loser of Hillary who is a big loser.”
The 67-year-old actress ironically commented on what had been for her the “performance” of the year of Mr. Trump when he had imitated a journalist from the New York Times (Serge Kovaleski) who has a joint disease limiting the movements of his arms.
For Streep, this kind of mocking “interferes in everybody’s life, because it “allows others to do the same”.
“Disrespect leads to disrespect. Violence encourages violence,” she said. “And when the powerful use their rank to brutalize others, we are all losers.”
The president-elect of the United States replied Monday on Twitter that he had “never mocked a journalist with a disability.”
“For the hundredth time, I have never laughed at a disabled journalist (I would never do that),” tweeted Mr. Trump. “Just more dishonest media!” He added.
After other speakers who had also criticized the president-elect, Meryl Streep told spectators sitting in the room that they belonged “to the most demonized segments of American society at the moment.”
The actress, who received the Cecil B. DeMille award made clear references to the abrasive speeches of Donald Trump, who has regularly taken it to the media, has never hidden his contempt for Hollywood and in particular made insulting remarks towards Mexicans.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” she continued. “If you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing more to look at than American football and mixed martial arts, which are not art.”
“There are people from all over the world in this room, from China, America, Europe. Do not expect cinema to create walls and borders,” added French actress Isabelle Huppert, awarded the best actress in a dramatic role, in a direct message to the president-elect. The latter has promised to erect a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The anti-Trump references were center stage for most of the night.
Perhaps British actor Hugh Laurie, who won the award for best supporting role in ‘The Night Manager,’ had the best Trump burn of the night.
“I suppose it’s made more amazing by the fact that I’ll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes,” said the actor, who started out in comedy as one-half of Jeeves & Wooster. “I don’t mean to be gloomy it’s just that it has the words ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Foreign,’ and ‘Press’ in the title. I just don’t know … I also think to some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy.”
The transition team of the president-elect has their work cutout for them finding high profile celebrities to appear at his inauguration