Meryl Streep turned heads at the Golden Globes and I’m here for it!

Viola Davis, who could barely hold back her tears as she detailed her love for Streep, presented the Devil Wears Prada star with the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award. Streep decided to use her special moment to address our new President-Elect (without ever saying his name) and urged her Hollywood counterparts to do something positive with their platform that reaches millions. She pointed out that many of the artists in the room such as Ryan Gosling and Davis, aren’t from Hollywood and some of the actors and actresses aren’t from the United States at all.

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“Where are their birth certificates?” she asked; referencing Donald Trump’s history with urging President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate. Streep went on to speak on some of the gut-wrenching actions the future President made during his campaign and while it clearly made some of her peers uncomfortable, she wasn’t afraid to hold back during her six minute speech.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “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 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.”
To me, it’s always empowering to see someone use a huge moment like this to stand up for what they believe in and speak out against what they believe is wrong. (I think the last time this happened during an award show was when Jesse Williams received the humanitarian honor at the BET Awards last summer) Both Streep and Williams didn’t care about their counterparts who were staring back at them or the millions tuning in from home. In fact it seems like those factors caused them to take advantage of the moment (one they may never get again) even more.
A few celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
See Davis’s intro and Streep’s speech below.
It didn’t take long for him to respond in an interview with the New York Times. 

“I was never mocking anyone,” he said during a phone interview. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story.People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing. And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary.”

Read what else he said here.

UPDATE: He also tweeted and about Streep just a few moments ago.

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