Meryl Streep stunned and touched the Golden Globes audience when she managed to deeply criticize – without ever naming him – President-elect Donald Trump, the Daily Mail reports.
After being honored with a Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday, the legendary actress gave a speech that touched upon two of the contentious presidential election’s touchstones: immigration, the media, and the bullying tactics many felt Trump employed throughout the campaign, especially when he was accused of mocking a disabled reporter.
Trump’s favorite communication platform, Twitter, exploded – with some celebrating Streep’s speech, but others condemning it as being the exact sort of condescending attitude from the ‘elites’ that got Trump elected.
Many A-list stars applauded Streep, with some describing her speech as ‘brave’.
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: ‘There has never been anyone like Meryl Streep. I love her’.
Bette Middler also voiced her support, writing: ‘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.’
Actress Julianne Moore quoted a line from the speech, tweeting: ‘”When the powerful use their position to bully other, we all lose” thank you.
Judd Apatow added: ‘We will need a lot of people as clear and brave as Meryl if we are to fight the corruption, bad ideas and lies of Donald Trump.’
However, other social media users criticized the speech, saying it showed exactly why Trump won the presidential elections.
‘#MerylStreep dont u get it? There r ppl out here that make less in a year than celebrities spent on their gown tonite? They need an escape,’ tweeted Deplorable P Kelly.
‘This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how – you will help him get re-elected,’ wrote Fox News host Meghan McCain.
Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham added: ‘Meryl Streep, a phenomenal actress, is utterly tedious & pedestrian as a political commentator.’
Others joked about how Trump – who famously tweets off at just about anyone who offends him – would respond to the speech on Twitter.
‘Trump is currently drafting a tweet to trash Meryl Streep, but can’t figure out what to say because he can’t use words like ‘loser’ & ‘overrated,’ wrote journalist Jonathan Merritt.
Former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow also quipped that Streep’s speech was merely to promote her anti-Mixed Martial Arts agenda.
Streep said in her speech that without Hollywood’s long list of actors who are also immigrants, people would have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts.
After the awards ceremony, Trump dismissed Streep as a ‘Hillary lover’, the New York Times reports.
While Trump said he had not seen Streep’s speech or the Golden Globes, he said he was ‘not surprised’ that he was under attack by ‘liberal movie people’.