Golden Globe Awards that took place last Sunday with all its glitz and glamor, had a lot of happening moments for the viewers to enjoy. However, what stood out the most and made this event the talk of the town was the controversial speech by Meryl Streep which she delivered while accepting her lifetime achievement award.
Meryl Streep, in her acceptance speech, attacked Donald Trump without stating his name, by mocking his actions and calling a particular incident during his election campaign “the performance of the year”. She said it was the performance of the year because there wasn’t anything good about it. Furthermore, referring to Trump’s vision of kicking out foreigners out of the U.S, Steep said, “So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing left to watch but football and mixed martial arts”.
The speech, for the obvious reasons, didn’t evoke positive feelings from the presidential election winner, Donald Trump, who took a social networking platform the very next for clarifying his position and called Steep the “most over-rated actress in Hollywood”.
The speech by Meryl Streep took the internet by a storm. A lot of people favored Streep’s action and termed it as a step taken in the right direction. They appreciated her courageous behavior of openly reflecting her feelings and not shying away from calling a spade a spade. On the other hand, the speech also received a lot of criticism and flak from the people. Some called it hypocrisy from the Steep’s end while others were of the view Streep was given the platform to acknowledge the honor she was given, but she took the wrong route and made the misuse of freedom of speech.
Among some who applauded Meryl Streep for her brave act, describing her speech with adjectives like “extraordinary, epic, and powerful,” other conservatives termed this act a typical example of Hollywood elitism.
A common point that was raised by those who criticized the speech was mixing politics with entertainment was not the right step taken by Meryl Steep. If she wanted so much to condemn the “performance of the year”, she should have chosen the right platform and the right time for venting out.
Meryl’s statement in her speech that “Disrespect invites disrespect; violence incites violence” caused a rage in Trump’s supporters. However, Trump’s response on the social media platform took the matter to another tangent. Some people termed it as a typical Trump reaction whereas others are coining it as a deliberate move to divert the attention from other important matters.
The varied reactions and opinions of her speech were expected. Let us know what you think of Meryl Streep’s controversial speech at the Golden Globe Awards in the comments section below.
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