We all know what to expect from the Hollywood love-in that is awards season: plenty of sparkly gowns, some cringe-worthy hosts and a fair sprinkling of nauseatingly gushy acceptance speeches. But this year’s Golden Globes will have induced, I suspect, a higher-than-average gag reflex from the average viewer: not for the first time, the stars decided to go political, unsurprisingly turning their aim on the president-elect Donald Trump.
Hollywood doyenne Meryl Streep led the way with her subtle-as-a-sledgehammer tirade against Trump. During a six-minute acceptance speech for the lifetime achievement award, Streep became teary-eyed while speaking about Trump allegedly mocking a disabled reporter, and claimed she and her fellow Hollywood colleagues were currently among the ‘most vilified segments in American society’. Bizarrely, she also took aim at football and mixed martial arts, claiming that if all the foreigners working in the Hollywood industry got kicked out, that’s all America would be left with in the way of entertainment. To emphasise her point she reeled off the names and birthplaces of stars in the audience, around half of whom came not from other countries, but from states outside California (that’s not foreign, Meryl).
‘When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose’, opined Streep. It takes a special kind of obnoxiousness not to notice the irony of pertaining to defend the rights of the little people while simultaneously deriding the millions of little people who voted for Trump.
Big-name celebs were quick to praise Streep for her ‘brave’ speech. ‘We will need a lot of people as clear and brave as Meryl if we are to fight the corruption, bad ideas and lies of Donald Trump,’ tweeted Judd Apatow. We’re setting the bar fairly low for bravery, I think, if we call a millionaire brave for standing in a room full of other millionaires, claiming they are all victims, and repeating her already widely known opinions on the president-elect.
We will need a lot of people as clear and brave as Meryl Streep if we are to fight the corruption, bad ideas and lies of Donald Trump.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2017
Streep was not alone in her determination to lecture the unenlightened masses on correct political thinking. Golden Globes host Jimmy Fallon, in his opening spiel, described the Globes ceremony as ‘one of the few places left where America still honours the popular vote’. Hugh Laurie, while picking up his award for The Night Manager, quipped, ‘I’ll be able to say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes… I don’t mean to be gloomy, but it has the words “Hollywood”, “Foreign” and “Press” in the title’.