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Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, full transcript: 'Disrespect invites disrespect'

16 January 2017
Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, full transcript: 'Disrespect invites disrespect'

Donald Trump has reacted to Meryl Streep's speech about him at the Golden Globe Awards last night. Someone he outranked in privilege and power and the capacity to fight back'.

The glamorous crowd inside the Beverly Hilton sat in rapt attention and millions watched on television as Streep's critique continued: "I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life", Streep said. And 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 kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing.

He wrote in the Daily Mail, "You'd be hard-pushed to find an industry that encourages more disrespect and violence than Hollywood". "Ok, go on with it".

Trump, who called the actress "over-rated", left an open-ended tweet following the speech which gave an opportunity to his followers to call her any name; good or bad. Two days later, Trump tweeted a link to Kovaleski's Post article from September 18, 2001, and demanded an apology from those who wrote that his statement was false.

Streep's speech, made as she picked up the lifetime achievement award, took Trump to task for his impression of a disabled reporter.

Please all you in the liberal media elite can we for once and all put down the mantra of identity politics and whether a transgender should be allowed to pee in the boys or girl's toilet (both) or whether a gay person should marry or not (they should) and get to the brutal and uncomfortable business of discussing every identity in America and inclusion in the American dream that so many of you already take for granted.

Read the full transcript of Streep's powerful speech below. Streep said the moment was "one performance this year that stunned me". Then he went on to repeat the untruth that Kovaleski had retracted a story that debunked Trump's claim to have seen thousands of Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

"You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now". OK, this brings me to the press. Indeed, in the rest of her remarks, Streep segued immediately to a shout-out to "the principled press" that will be necessary to hold Trump accountable and "safeguard the truth". She used her speech to ask "the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community" to step up and back the Committee to Protect Journalists, which works on press freedom at home and overseas. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.

"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", Streep said. De Niro also shared kind words about Streep in December 2011 when he presented her with a Kennedy Center Honor at the 34th annual broadcast.