George Clooney Defends Meryl Streep After Donald Trump Diss (UPDATE)
UPDATE (1/10/2016 at 9:40 a.m. ET):
The handsome movie star slammed the president-elect in a huge way for calling Meryl “overrated.”
“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” the 55-year-old joked at a Monday, January 9 event for Netflix documentary White Helmets. “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time.
“She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated.”
George also had an important question for Donald, who will take over the presidency next Friday, January 20.
“Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?” he rhetorically asked the next Leader of the Free World.
“I didn’t vote for him, I don’t support him, I don’t think he’s the right choice.”
Still, the Gravity star hopes Donald proves him wrong.
“The reality is you have to hope he will do a decent job because if the United States fails, really terrible things happen, so you have to hope that he can,” George added.
Keep reading to see all the ways Team Donald dissed “overrated” Meryl.
UPDATE (1/9/2016 at 11:45 a.m.):
Donald Trump isn't the only person on his team taking shots at Meryl Streep.
The president-elect’s right-hand woman Kellyanne Conway is now dissing the history-making actress, who criticized Donald’s November 2015 mockery of a journalist with a physical disability.
“I'm glad Meryl Streep has such a passion for the disabled because I didn't hear her weigh in or I didn't even hear her use her platform last night ... to give the shoutout to the mentally challenged boy who last week was tortured live on Facebook for half an hour,” Kellyanne deflected during an appearance on Fox and Friends today, January 9.
Of course, the shade-fest continued.
“So I'd like to hear from her today, if she wants to come and continue her platform on behalf of the disabled,” the White House insider added.
Meryl has yet to respond, although Twitter definitely has.
Original story (1/9/2016 a 8:40 a.m.):
Within just a few hours, that time came — and the Donald threw out some shocking disses.
“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked [me] last night at the Golden Globes,” the former reality TV host wrote, seemingly unaware of Meryl’s 19 Oscar nominations.
The hits kept coming from there.
“She is a Hillary flunky who lost big,” the 70-year-old added, despite the fact Meryl literally took home a lifetime achievement award yesterday, January 8.
Donald then tried to explain away his apparent mockery of a physically disabled reporter, which the Devil Wears Prada star criticized during her Cecil B. Demille Award acceptable speech.
“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter,” the future White House resident claimed.
“(Would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad.”
Meryl had a very different take on Donald’s alarming campaign speech from November 2015.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” the 67-year-old said last night.
“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.”
Meryl thinks that kind of negative behavior is only just getting started since Donald’s presidential inauguration is days away.
“And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life,” she continued.
“Because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing … Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
At least the mother of four doesn’t believe all hope is lost.
“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage,” she added.
“That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.”
We guess Meryl really is an Iron Lady on-screen and off.
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