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Not everyone was impressed with Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards. Her attack on Donald Trump has seen the acting legend slammed on social media, including by the President-elect himself.
From NFL fans to one of the hosts of “The View,” many are lining up to take shots at the veteran movie star for turning her acceptance speech for the lifetime achievement award at the Globes into a political statement.
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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Trump’s Twitter rant prompted the trending hashtag #ThingsTrumpThinksAreOverrated, and Meryl Streep makes the cut.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 9, 2017
Streep’s choice to use an awards show as a time to talk about politics, also didn’t find favor with one of “The View” co-hosts. “She made me turn it off, if I’m being honest,” Jedediah Bila said on Monday’s show after rewatching a clip of the speech.
“Not because I don’t respect her right to an opinion … I think she’s a phenomenally talented actress,” Bila explained. “When I turn on an awards show, I don’t want to be lectured about politics. I don’t want to be lectured about climate change or about the NRA or about a left-wing issue or a right-wing issue. I want to appreciate your talent as an actor. I want to appreciate these films and I want to leave the politics out of it.”
And while Streep fans are praising her for using such a powerful platform to talk about the issues pervading the nation, NFL and mixed martial arts fans are blasting the screen icon for snubbing the two sports.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” the actress said before talking about the importance of diversity and inclusivity. According to one Twitter user, although Streep made a beautiful argument about being inclusive, she didn’t have to “tack that snooty swipe at football/MMA.”
Meryl Streep made a beautiful argument about inclusiveness, and I wish she didn’t tack that snooty swipe at football/MMA onto it.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) January 9, 2017
Others pointed out that mixed martial arts and football are different forms of art.
While I loved Streep’s speech, no need to bring down football & MMA which are rather diverse & amazing on there own. Different forms of art
— Tyler Fredendall (@MayorTyler) January 9, 2017
Scott Coker, the president of Bellator MMA, also chimed in and wrote an open letter to Streep about her MMA diss.
“The global sport of mixed martial arts celebrates male and female athletes from all around the world who work years tirelessly honing their craft and – yes – art,” Coker wrote on Twitter. “They come from every country and every walk of life.” Coker then invited her to be a guest at the LA Forum on Jan. 21st to see that MMA is “truly artistic.”
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said in her Globes speech. “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
Here Streep was referring to Trump’s presidential campaign, when he appeared to mock Serge F. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits joint function.
In response to this, Trump tweeted, “For the 100th time I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ 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!”
Trump’s Twitter rant continued with him calling Streep a “Hillary flunky who lost big.”
Watch Meryl Streep’s full speech in the video above.