“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.”
The words hung heavy as Hollywood watched Meryl Streep accept her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes.
The New Jersey born actress told it like it is, using her platform for a good cause. One of peace. She also dropped a reminder to our press to do the job they are meant to do—hold our leaders accountable in honest and ethical reporting.
She took on Donald Trump without ever mentioning his name as the emotion freely emanated from her. And naturally, it wasn’t long before our president-elect had something to say. He told the New York Times early this morning that he did not watch the telecast, but he called Streep a “Hillary-lover” and said that he was “not surprised” that he was the subject of anger and the butt of jokes by “liberal movie people.”
Not surprising, considering the most powerful moment of her speech was when she discussed Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter and went on to say, “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
So much truth and so much power in Streep’s words. If you haven’t yet heard her speech, I suggest taking five minutes to listen to it. It’s so easy for us to look to Hollywood and forget that they’re people too. It’s so easy for us to think that just because they have a lot of money their life isn’t challenging or scary.
So I say bravo to this woman for showing us a very human side of Hollywood last night.
Because if we are to overcome what’s ahead of us as a nation, we have to start seeing the humanity in each and every one of us.
Author: Lindsay Carricarte
Editor: Travis May