Before the Golden Globes began, it was widely expected that “liberal Hollywood” would speak out against Donald Trump. Thankfully, they did not disappoint, the likes of Meryl Streep, Hugh Laurie, and even host Jimmy Fallon commenting on the future President.
While some took the opportunity to make snarky comments, others wanted to be constructive and highlight the brilliance of cinema in bringing people together.
Since Streep’s speech, Trump has been irked enough to respond, dismissing the acclaimed actress as “a Hilary lover”. Great comeback. Here are five people who spoke out against Trump at the Golden Globes, both on stage and back.
Speaking on stage, Streep made an impassioned speech about the negativity of Trump, pointing out how the Republican mocked a disabled reporter.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “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.
“Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. 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.” Read the entire speech here.
The Night Manager star decided to poke fun at Trump’s critical stance on immigration, the press, and Hollywood, saying: "I won at the last ever Golden Globes. I don't mean to be gloomy, it's just that it has the words Hollywood, Foreign, and Press in the title; I just don't know what. I think to some Republicans even the word association is slightly sketchy."
Throughout his tenure hosting, Fallon made various jokes at Trump’s expense, particularly in his opening monologue, when he said: “This is the Golden Globes, one of the few places left where America still honours the popular vote.”
He also compared the current political situation to Game of Thrones, saying: “The show has so many plot twists and shocking moments. A lot of people have wondered what it would have been like if King Joffrey had lived. In 12 days we’ll find out…”
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While Natalie Portman was widely expected to win Best Actress in a Drama for Jackie, Isabelle Huppert managed to shock everyone, claiming the award for her performance in Elle. Speaking on the podium, she addressed Trump and the audience, saying: “Do not expect cinema to set up walls and borders.”
Backstage, Elle director Paul Verhoeven warned Trump’s presidency could be very bad, saying he had “very bad thoughts” about Trump, adding he was “scary” because of “the attitude he displays, and the people he put in [his Cabinet.].”
He also cited a German expression for impending danger, saying it “can easily go into directions that ultimately will end up with war and destruction.”
Having won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, Viola Davis commented on Trump backstage, saying: "I will, believe it or not, remove Trump from the equation, because I feel that it's bigger than him. I believe that it is our responsibility to uphold what it is to be an American and what America is about and the true meaning of what it means to pursue the American dream.”
"America, in and of itself, has been an affirmation. But I think that we've fallen short a lot, because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system.
"So then what does that say about us? And I think that, if you answer that question, that says it all," she said. "And I know that it is very ambiguous."
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