Meryl Streep's Smug Golden Globes Speech: Celebrities 'Most Vilified' in America

"Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press."

Receiving the honorary Cecile B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday, legendary actress Meryl Streep leaped onstage to bravely declare how she and her fellow colleagues "belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now."

Streep did not explain how a room full of multi-millionaires accepting gold statues for reciting lines on a page could possibly be more vilified than Christian bakers receiving a $135k fine for their religious beliefs or an auto-worker watching helplessly as his job gets shipped overseas.

How celebrities sipping champagne in donated designer dresses and expertly-tailored tuxedos could possibly be more vilified than a mentally disabled teen getting his scalp cut by four black thugs shouting "f–ck white people" and "f–ck Trump" into his face live on Facebook, Streep did not explain.

Streep explained hardly anything throughout her graceless, smug, arrogant, classless, disrespectful acceptance speech, in which she heaped praise on a room full of pampered rich people while wagging her perfectly manicured finger in the faces of those who don't see the world as she does, and while parroting the mainstream media lie that Donald Trump ridiculed a reporter for his disability.

Though she and her sycophants would surely disagree, this is not the speech of a passionate, wise, or seasoned woman gracefully passing the torch onto a new generation of attentive pupils. For that, see Peter O'Toole's refined display of gratitude in his 2003 Honorary Oscar speech. Hers was the speech of a spoiled brat insulting the flyover Americans who didn't vote her way in a democratic election.

Full transcript of her speech below:

Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.

Not necessarily, an actor brings a character to life

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. 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 made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. 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. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.

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