In case you were not already aware, Meryl Streep is the queen of everything. In her acceptance speech for her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Golden Globes, she proved that beyond a doubt, and reactions to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech sum up what we're all thinking right now: Meryl For President 2020.
Streep took the opportunity of accepting her award to give all of us a little lecture on what it is the Hollywood Foreign Press represents and what our president-elect Donald Trump represents. Hugh Laurie started it with his joke about how Trump's America will surely work to disband something that is at once Hollywood, foreign, and having to do with the press. And Streep drove it home by reminding us how many of us are "foreigners," and how important the press is, and really stressing the importance of empathy and love in this climate, where we have now elected a man to our highest office who used his position of power to mock a disabled reporter.
When she said her heart broke, she reminded all of us how our hearts broke too. And now we are all in tears thinking over her wise words, and reminded of the good work that true art can do for people. A small sampling of the reactions are below.
There were frankly so many inspiring lines in that speech that it's a little difficult to pick just one to quote. She reminded us that "violence incites violence," and that if we kick all the foreigners out we'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. She is the best.
Of course, not everyone was quite as thrilled with Streep's statement. There's a pretty strong conservative contingent on Twitter, of which Trump himself is living proof, and they also had a thing or two to say.
I'm not entirely sure how a message promoting peace, unity, and empathy is particularly divisive, but then again I didn't vote for Trump so perhaps I'm missing something here. At least one thing is for certain, and that is that the tweets in support of Streep far outweighed those who criticized her, and I'll take that as a good sign for the nation in general. You know what would be a better sign? If Streep would just run for president herself in 2020. Viola Davis can be her running mate. That is an America I want to live in.