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Meryl Streep takes on Trump in emotional Golden Globes speech

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Meryl Streep had some choice words about America’s new president-elect this weekend.

Appearing at the Golden Globes to accept a prestigious lifetime achievement award, the screen icon dedicated her speech to criticising Donald Trump, although she never mentioned him directly by name.

After highlighting the diversity of the audience, she said: “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.”

Meryl then spent most of her speech remembering the time Trump mocked a disabled reporter named Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis which restricts muscle movements, by waving his arms around at a presidential rally.

She said: “There was one performance this year that stunned me. 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.

“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.

“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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”

She added: “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Meryl ended her speech with a short tribute to Hollywood icon and friend Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away on 27 December 2016, just a day before her mother Debbie Reynolds.

She said: “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart. Make it into art.’ Thank you.”

Watch her full speech below.

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