Anna Kendrick, Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling and More Praise Meryl Streep for Her Powerful Speech at the Golden Globes
"Meryl, you give me life."
Meryl Streep's moving Cecil B. DeMille Award speech at the Golden Globes, which slammed Donald Trump and encouraged the press to stand up to the president-elect, caused tears and emotional reactions both in the crowd and online.
"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you'll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts," said the actress onstage, as she accepted the award on Sunday.
She added that she thought the single "performance" that stood out this year was of Trump when he publicly mocked a disabled reporter. "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn't in a movie; it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it gives permission for others to do the same."
"We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage," Streep said of the strength of the press to stand up to Trump. "We're going to need them going forward and they're going to need us to safeguard the truth."
The Committee to Protect Journalists responded to her moving speech on Twitter, thanking her for speaking out on their behalf.
Thank you Meryl Streep for your generosity & support of our mission to protect journalists and press freedom around the world #GoldenGlobes— CPJ (@pressfreedom) January 9, 2017
Though Trump fired back at Streep in a series of tweets, Hollywood reacted strongly in the room, applauding her words, as fans and colleagues praised her words online. Many stars also condemned Trump for his response to the speech.
How DARE Meryl exercise her right to free speech like that's a thing we are allowed to do here in Ameri- wait...hmm. #MerylStreep— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 9, 2017
Thank God for Meryl Streep, who spoke truth to Power at the Golden Globes tonight calling out He Who Must Be Worshiped, w/o saying his name.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 9, 2017
There has never been anyone like Meryl Streep. I love her. #GoldenGlobes— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2017
Is there anyone better? #Meryl— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 9, 2017
A true inspiration. Meryl, you beautiful soul. Thank you for using your voice to empower. #GoldenGlobes— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep changes the world by waking us up with a kiss on the forehead— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 9, 2017
Cool cool need a one woman show of Viola performing her conversations with Meryl Streep. There has never been a more interesting moment tn.— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep has mastered the placid reaction shot as people honor her— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 9, 2017
I repeat, Meryl Streep is the greatest— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) January 9, 2017
I HAVE NEVER LOVED MERYL MORE. BRAVO. WELL SAID.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep giving an epic and powerful speech at the #GoldenGlobes.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 9, 2017
Meryl, you give me life. #GoldenGlobes— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) January 9, 2017
She has never been more graceful than tonight, nearly w/out voice, her voice has never been so strong. TY Meryl Streep. #GoldenGlobes— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep is a goddess— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) January 9, 2017
God Bless you Meryl Streep!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 9, 2017
thank you meryl— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) January 9, 2017
Class. #MerylStreep— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) January 9, 2017
MERYL STREEP— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 9, 2017
Merryl Streep is amazing— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 9, 2017
Bravo! Show Hollywood the way
MERYL. FUCKING. STREEP.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 9, 2017
trump used his fame to speak out on issues years before he ran 4 office. why was he allowed & Ms Streep should keep quiet? no hypocrisy pls https://t.co/CrpSCREcrw— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 9, 2017
We will need a lot of people as clear and brave as Meryl Streep if we are to fight the corruption, bad ideas and lies of Donald Trump.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2017
Good for Meryl for taking her special night and reminding everyone that our president mocked a disabled person.— andy lassner (@andylassner) January 9, 2017
Leslye Headland even predicted his response, and George Takei shared his reaction to Trump's tweets on the matter:
"Meryl Streep very rude last night. Nasty woman. I have more achievements and lifetimes than her. Apologize! - @realDonaldTrump in 8 hours— Leslye Headland (@LeslyeHeadland) January 9, 2017
Trump takes the bait & calls #MerylStreep overrated?! Please Pres-Elect. Don't make this into the WWF which is fun but not presidential— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 9, 2017
The reality of our next prez tweeting about actors and reality shows ratings has turned this whole thing into a reality show. #growapair— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 9, 2017
What a small, small man. SAD! https://t.co/xq3nV23YRC— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 9, 2017
Trump thinks Sessions is great, Big Macs are healthy, Streep is overrated, Scott Baio is underrated, Russia didn't hack, and grabs pussy.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2017
The president elect is tweeting about reality stars and actors. Don't you have a JOB TO DO?— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 9, 2017
Consent.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 9, 2017
Having a conscience.
So overrated is one word. Don't start telling legends what they can and cannot do. The word for today is JOB. Focus on your JOB. pic.twitter.com/W5MU7cEcMt— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 9, 2017
On Monday morning, Trump's incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she was "concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also inciting peoples' worst instincts when she won't get up there and say, 'I didn't like it but let's try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him,' which he actually has done from the moment he won.
“She sounds like 2014. The election is over. She lost,” Conway said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends. “Everybody in that audience, with very few exceptions, was of a single, myopic mind as to how they wanted the election to go and how they expected the election to go. They lost and I really wish she would have stood up last night and said ‘look, I didn't like the election results, but he’s our president and we’re going to support him.’”
She then blasted the "self-pity" shown by Hollywood — “Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion dollar gowns. Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural, please?” — and invited her to "continue" her platform on behalf of those who are disabled.
MMA boss Scott Coker also replied to Streep's MMA mention during her speech. In a Sunday night tweet, the president of Bellator invited the actress to an upcoming event to show her that "Mixed Martial Arts is truly artistic."
The 2017 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, were held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night.