After accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, American actress Meryl Streep used the opportunity to address a serious issue concerning president-elect, Donald Trump.
The award-winning actress called out Trump for publicly mocking a disabled reporter in 2015.
“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. 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,” she said.
She went on to say, “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.”
Streep pleaded with the audience and viewers to give their support to the Committee to Protect Journalists.