Students react to Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globe awards

Students react to Meryl Streeps speech at the Golden Globe awards

By Lauren Stack ’17

On Jan. 8, the Golden Globe awards, an award show that recognizes the best in film and television aired on national television. Actress Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. After accepting the award, Streep, in a six minute acceptance speech, voiced her concern over the election of Donald Trump.

She referred to his presidential campaign as a performance that “sank hooks into her heart.” More specifically, she brought up the instance where he mocked a disabled New York Times reporter.  

“The speech was very eye-opening,” Jacob Bonn ’17 said. “I think it inspired a lot of people and got them talking about the issues she addressed.”

Trump responded to her speech by tweeting “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..”

Trump’s response has given the speech more publicity and has sparked conversation throughout the Staples halls.

“I think that Trump’s response was too much,” Nikki Benjamin ’17 said. “He took it too far, but I can see where his frustration is coming from.”

Streep linked her concerns about Trump to her call for journalists to report truth and be valued more by society.  She asked everyone to join her in support of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.” Streep said.

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