La La Land won big at the Golden Globes last night, but perhaps the greatest acclaim went to Meryl Streep, who delivered a show-stopping speech after she went up to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In the speech, she praised the diversity of Hollywood by citing the birthplaces of her fellow nominees, decried Donald Trump for mockingly imitating a disabled reporter while on the campaign trail, and called for the freedom of the press to be protected in these trying times. Social media has lit up in praise of Streep’s compassionate call-to-action, which followed a highly divisive election and a year filled with artists trying to grapple with the reality of an America where someone like Trump could ascend to the country’s highest office.
The full video of the speech is now available and can be viewed above.
In related news, President Trump, never one to take criticism lightly, has responded to Streep’s speech with characteristic vitriol on Twitter. Calling Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and a “Hillary flunky who lost big,” Trump implied that Streep’s remarks were baseless because she did not “know” him. He followed up these remarks by claiming that he hadn’t been mocking the reporter back in 2015 but “simply showed him ‘groveling.’”