Meryl Streep tonight accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes and devoted her acceptance speech to eviscerating Donald Trump, whom she never mentioned by name. A partial transcript from her speech:
As an actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like, and there were many, many ,many powerful performances that did exactly that—breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performances 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, and 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, 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.
Okay, this brings me to the press: We need the principled press, to hold power to account, to call them them on the carpet for every outrage; that’s why our founders enshrine the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only asked the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee To Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.
As you are reading this, Breitbart and their ilk are feverishly planning their attack on Streep. Count on it. They will be vicious and they will be relentless. Trump, of course, will find it irresistible to launch an unhinged tweetstorm.
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— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 9, 2017