The Golden Globes Awards took a dramatic turn when of Hollywood’s most acclaimed drama queens, Meryl Streep, took to the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions in entertainment. Streeps’s composure and mode of language set a different tone to the program as the audience sat attentively as she expounded on the social dynamics of Hollywood in respect to the various backgrounds, both foreign and domestic, of people whom make up the demographics of the film industry. Fittingly Streep used her platform as a Hollywood Foreign Press honoree to designate ethics, a key component in journalism, to challenge the press to hold the “powerful” accountable and to safeguard the truth.
Streep’s acceptance speech also provided a moment of reflection for those in attendance, as well the viewing audience, in regards to how public figures can potentially play a major part in helping to shape public perception. Take for instance Donald Trump who during his campaign for the presidency, mocked a disabled reporter however, it did not deter his road to the White House. On that note Streep said, “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.” Streep denounced the distasteful gesture by saying, “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.”
On the heels of a very contentious presidential election involving aspects of scandal, protest, and even accusations of foreign interference Streep challenges the American public, the media, as well as the entertainment industry to be more socially responsible. In terms of politics and Trump’s mimic, as deplorable and heartbreaking of a moment in presidential politics as it was Streep nevertheless, encourages the audience to turn heartbreak into art. Below read social media reactions to Streep’s speech.
Trump is watching Myrle Streep,
cracking his knuckles and charging his phone while he writes his response on his etch a sketch
— Greg Coleman II (@SayGCole) January 9, 2017
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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
— Trenyce (@trenyce) January 9, 2017