Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, during her acceptance speech of the Golden Globe 2017, approached colleagues in the room to acknowledge their ‘foreign’ heritage.

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” Streep said, “And if we kick them all out, you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts”.

Admitting that she had lost her voice and her mind, Streep started her speech recognising Hollywood, foreigners, and the press as the most vilified segments of United States industry. Among laughter and applauses she continues her speech to allude how important international figures are who contribute to the American theatre and cinema. She mentioned herself, Viola Davis, Jessica Parker, Sarah Poles, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Ryan Gosling.

Throughout her career, Meryl has given voice to international and historical events that have led to America’s liberal ideology.

“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel how that feels like.” 

Talking about Donald Trump, she said, “He outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.

“It wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone of the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down to everybody’s life”.  

Talking about the responsibility actors have, she said, “Tommy Lee Jones said to me, ‘Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?’ Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honours here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart. Make it into art.'”

Gabriel Santos, Correspondent (Film)

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