Meryl Streep has long been a well-respected actress in Hollywood. Tonight, at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.
During her moving acceptance speech, she made the all-important point that many people in that very room came from somewhere else; that we are collectively made up of “others.” It really was an “acceptance” speech, in that it encourages acknowledgment of diversity.
Streep further spoke against the spreading of hate:
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Her speech really hit it home, and earns her even more respect.
Many people on Twitter share in my elation:
Congrats #MerylStreep and thank you for a beautiful speech. Disrespect invites disrespect! Let’s spread love.
— Lauren Potter (@TheLaurenPotter) January 9, 2017
MERYL STREEP YOUR SPEECH WAS UNREAL
— Lauren Giraldo (@LaurenGiraldo) January 9, 2017
— Kate Coyne (@KatePeople) January 9, 2017
To top it off, she ended her speech with an honourable mention of Carrie Fisher:
“As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once: ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.'”
Truly a remarkable speech made my a remarkable woman. See for yourself:
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
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