By Kaitlyn Marlowe

Meryl Streep uses her Golden Globes acceptance speech as a chance to bring attention to the unnecessary hatred in America following President Trump’s election.

“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,”said Streep,  “Because we’re going to need them going forward. And they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.” This is one of the many pleas Meryl Streep made during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Streep took this platform of praise and used it to express what she believed needed to be said in preparation for President-elect Donald Trump’s time in office.

Streep begins by describing the people in the audience as “the most vilified segments of American society… Hollywood, foreigners and the press.” This description is a powerful and necessary statement considering we live in a society where our President bullied a reporter for having a disability, another statement brought up during Streep’s acceptance speech.

“I agree with the things Meryl Streep said because there is an overall feeling of hostility towards people you disagree with in the nation and her message is that we promote tolerance and acceptance instead of hatred and division.” said Madison Parker, theater student. “I had an overall reaction of admiration that she used such a public platform to speak out against injustice.”

Streep took her acceptance speech and gave it to the American people by showing that the “Hollywood elite” are not in fact as prestigious as people believe. Actors and actresses often start in small towns and overseas and have to work to become successful. They work in the same way media and press do to give society factual information.

I agree with Meryl Streep’s plea to protect the media, protect freedom of speech and remove the anger that has taken over the nation since the 2016 election began.

“I absolutely agree down to the last period with what she said because I definitely feel like a wave of exclusion has washed over the country since Trump started speaking back in the primaries,”said Kennedy Thomas, theater student. “He always felt the need to downgrade certain people depending on their ethnicity and racial backgrounds. He even played on the reporter with a disability asking him a question. The things he says allows for other people to be hateful and she was asking that we hold people accountable for their hateful actions.”

Meryl Streep has placed the challenge on citizens to cease hatred, protect the media and be overall accepting despite the example set by American leaders.