14 Powerful Quotes From Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes 2017 Speech (PHOTOS)

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14 Powerful Quotes From Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes 2017 Speech (PHOTOS)

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14 Powerful Quotes From Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes 2017 Speech (PHOTOS)

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes on January 8, Meryl Streep had the Beverly Hilton ballroom in rapt silence — broken only by rapturous applause — with her speech condemning bullying and bigotry and encouraging empathy and accountability.

President-elect Donald Trump was none too happy with her remarks, but we sure were. Click through the slideshow for quotes from her powerful speech.

14 Powerful Quotes From Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes 2017 Speech (PHOTOS)
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“You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.”

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“But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.”

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“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, which are not the arts.”

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“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.”

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“But 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 and show their teeth.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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 because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”

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“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.”

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“And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

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“This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution.”

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“So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”

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“One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know, we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, — 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.”

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“We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, 'take your broken heart, make it into art.'”

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Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes on January 8, Meryl Streep had the Beverly Hilton ballroom in rapt silence — broken only by rapturous applause — with her speech condemning bullying and bigotry and encouraging empathy and accountability.

President-elect Donald Trump was none too happy with her remarks, but we sure were. Click through the slideshow for quotes from her powerful speech.