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Hollywood star criticizes Trump for mocking reporter

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-01-10 09:23
Hollywood star criticizes Trump for mocking reporter

Actress Meryl Streep accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards show in Beverly Hills,, California, US, January 8, 2017. [Photo/Agencies] 

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood actress Meryl Streep was honored the Golden Globes for her lifetime contributions to the world of entertainment on Sunday. While in her nearly 6-minute acceptance speech, Streep spoke critically of US President-elect Donald Trump.

"There was one performance this year that stunned me," Streep said in her speech. "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."

Her comments referred to Trump's rally in November 2015 when he imitated a New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, "who has a condition that affects his joint movements."

"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," Streep said emotionally, "This instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public ... by someone powerful... When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

Responding to Streep's speech, Trump once again denied mocking Kovaleski. "People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter's disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing," he told the New York Times Monday in an interview.

In his several tweets before dawn Monday, Trump called Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and "a Hillary flunky who lost big."

"Hollywood always supports the Democratic," Maggie, a senior reporter in Hollywood, told Xinhua on Monday. "Nevertheless, they do not like Trump politically and personally, especially female artists. I believe there will be more attacks on him from Hollywood."

Last Saturday, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore called for "100 days of resistance" against Trump during his first 100 days in the White House. He "encouraged those opposed to Trump's presidency to join the Women's March on Washington" on January 21st, the day after Trump's inauguration, according to MSNBC.

"It's important that everybody go there," Moore told MSNBC. "This man is slightly unhinged, if I can say that, and he's a malignant narcissist... and he's going to be very upset if there's a lot of people there."

Moore also predicted that Trump will "either resign or be impeached" before his term ends.


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