Streep's Trump Mention: 'It Kind of Broke My Heart'

Actress accepted Cecil B. DeMille Award with a statement about president-elect
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2017 9:49 PM CST
Streep Touches on Trump: 'It Kind of Broke My Heart'
Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for "Fences" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday night's Globes ceremony, but before she took the stage she received an emotional tribute from Viola Davis, who co-starred with Streep in 2008's Doubt and who won her own award Sunday for best supporting actress for Fences. "You make me proud to be an artist," Davis told Streep, per the Hollywood Reporter. "You make me feel that what I have in me—my body, my face, my age—is enough." She added that Streep's "artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone." Then Streep took to the stage, and she picked up on the current political climate that actor Hugh Laurie had referenced in his own speech earlier, referring to Hollywood as one of "the most vilified segments in American society right now," specifically because of "Hollywood, foreigners, and the press."

Streep pointed out all of the actors who come from outside of LA and even the US, noting that "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." But her most pointed moment came when she noted the one "performance" that had the greatest impact on her recently: when President-elect Donald Trump made fun of a disabled reporter at a 2015 rally. "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," she said. "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." She quoted the late Carrie Fisher in what to do with that kind of heartbreak: "As my dear departed Princess Leia once said: 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'" (More Golden Globes stories.)

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