Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of all time. That’s not even a statement of opinion or hyperbole; it’s simply fact. Streep is the most nominated woman in Hollywood, with 30 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins to her name. Tonight, Streep was rightfully honored with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the arts. Her acceptance speech would be one of the most memorable parts of the evening.
In an emotional and impassioned six minutes, the actress got political. She highlighted members of some of the “most vilified segments of American society,” bringing attention to the fact that many of the stars in the room came from somewhere else.
She then began speaking out on actions of president-elect Donald Trump without ever mentioning him by name, instead referencing a moment in which the president-elect appeared to mock a disabled reporter at a rally. “There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “Not because it was good — there was nothing good about it.” That moment when, she went on to say, “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 a movie — it was real life.”
Meryl Streep used her platform to gracefully take a stance against hatred, and to send out a call to action to her peers and those watching at home. She reminded everyone that fighting hate with hate is ineffective. She called for peace. She called for unity. She called for support of the protection of the press. Streep then emotionally concluded her speech with shared wisdom from the late Carrie Fisher: “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into heart.'”