Meryl Streep took the stage at the Golden Globe Awards and gave a speech no one is soon to forget.
Honored with the Cecil B. Demille Life Achievement Award for her singular career, Streep did not mention any of her films in her speech.
Instead, she zeroed in on President-Elect Donald Trump and his mocking of a disabled reporter during his presidential campaign.
‘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. 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, 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.’
LGBTI celebrities immediately took to Twitter to applaud Streep’s remarks.
Below is a sampling:
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
God Bless you Meryl Streep!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 9, 2017
There has never been anyone like Meryl Streep. I love her. #GoldenGlobes
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2017
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 9, 2017
Love you Meryl.
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) January 9, 2017
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) January 9, 2017
Just try to mock Meryl, T***p. Just you try…
— Phyllis Nagy (@PhyllisNagy) January 9, 2017
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) January 9, 2017
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) January 9, 2017