Acceptance speech turns political

Award season has officially commenced, which means numerous acceptance speeches from A-list celebrities.

Kicking off the award season Jan. 8, The Golden Globes has already made headlines. Not only for the productions and its creators’ acknowledgments but for controversial acceptance speeches.

Meryl Streep has made acceptance speeches throughout her career, but while accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award, Streep took a quick turn toward politics. After thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press and acknowledging other well-known actors and actresses, Streep made political jabs at President Donald J. Trump.

“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,” Streep said.

As the crowd erupted in applause, Streep continued to bring up a attention to the political campaign that negatively moved her.

“There was one performance that stunned me…it was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country, imitated a disabled reporter,” Streep said.

After showing her lack of support toward Trump, Streep called on the press to maintain accountability and prevent further bullying from taking place.

It is rare when an acceptance speech goes further than thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press or the academy, and opinions have been circulating on whether or not those among the entertainment industry has the authority to do so.

Kelsey Greene, senior theater major, saw the speech as a well-spoken one, however, questions whether Streep really should have done so.

“When they are accepting an award it should probably just be, ‘Thank you for the award,’ and that’s it. But then again, it is one of the platforms on which they can say things, but I don’t think that is the right time or place to do it.” Green said.

However, though this was a bold move by Streep, fans still praise the actress and her work within the industry.

“I love Meryl Streep, she can’t do much wrong in my eyes” Greene said.

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