Monday 9 January 2017

Trump Hits Back At Streep Over Her Golden Globes Speech

Golden Globes

Donald Trump has hit back at Meryl Streep after the actress used her Golden Globes acceptance speech on Sunday evening to excoriate the US president-elect and his mocking of a disabled reporter during the election campaign.

Mr Trump took to Twitter early on Monday, describing Ms Streep as “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big”.

Ms Streep, who is Hollywood’s most decorated and revered actress with three Oscar wins, was accepting the Cecile B DeMille award for lifetime achievement when she tore into Mr Trump.

In front of a primetime audience of millions on NBC, Ms Streep, who won her last Oscar in 2011 playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, said she had been “stunned” by his mockery of the disabled journalist, which occurred at one of Mr Trump’s rallies.

“It was effective and it did its job,” she said. “It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.

“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” she added. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

Mr Trump denied via Twitter that he had ever mocked the journalist, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that affects joints.

“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘grovelling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

Mr Trump imitated Mr Kovaleski during a 2015 campaign rally while defending a claim that he had witnessed thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on the day of the 9/11 attacks. Mr Kovaleski had included similar reports in a 2001 article but later said he did not recall anyone saying they had witnessed the celebrations.

Ms Streep ended the speech, in which she did not mention Mr Trump by name, with a plea on behalf of the press, asking the Hollywood stars in attendance to support the Committee to Protect Journalists, “because we’re going to need them going forward”.

Ms Streep was rapturously received at the Beverly Hilton but her criticism signalled the chasm that has opened between the incoming administration and Hollywood. The US president-elect has struggled to convince a single entertainer of note to perform at his inauguration on January 20, with big acts who have been approached, including Elton John and Céline Dion, turning down the invitation.

Ms Streep was quickly denounced by conservative commentators on social media. Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, wrote on Twitter that Ms Streep’s speech was “why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognising why and how — you will help him get re-elected”.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump adviser and his former campaign manager, told the US TV breakfast show Fox & Friends that she was “concerned that someone with a platform like Meryl Streep is also, I think, inciting people’s worst instincts when she won’t get up there and say: ‘I didn’t like it [Trump winning] but let’s try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him’”.

The Golden Globes kick-start Hollywood’s award season and are often a good indicator of the films likely to be in the running for the Oscars. An early favourite is La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s contemporary musical that scooped a record seven Globes, including wins for its stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Isabelle Huppert was a surprise winner for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, while Casey Affleck earned best actor in a drama for Manchester by the Sea.

Moonlight, a critical favourite, won best drama despite missing out on the acting awards, while there were also wins for the BBC-AMC co-production The Night Manager, which starred Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman.



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