(UDHAYAM, LOS ANGELES) – Actress Meryl Streep strongly criticized US President-elect Donald Trump as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
While Streep did not name Mr Trump, she used almost the entire speech to attack his behaviour and policies. The three-time Oscar-winning actress said his actions legitimized bullying.
“This instinct to humiliate when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.”
Streep, 67, said she was “stunned” during the presidential election campaign when the Republican candidate imitated disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
She spoke less than two weeks before Mr Trump’s inauguration.
The audience cheered when the actress reviewed the background of many of her colleagues, saying: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners.”
She also urged the press to “hold power to account” and asked for contributions to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The actress received the Cecil B DeMille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment. Zootopia was named best animated feature film at Sunday’s ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon.