Hollywood heavy hitters George Clooney and Robert De Niro have come to the swift defense of Meryl Streep after she was trashed on Twitter by our President-elect for her Golden Globes speech. It pays to have friends in high places. Especially when you're feuding with the soon-to-be-President of the United States.
ICYMI: Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday. In a powerful speech, which you can watch here, she slammed our President-elect with all the grace and eloquence you would expect from Meryl Streep. "Disrespect invites disrespect," she said. "Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
"OMG. YES," said basically everyone.
Except for Trump, who responded with all the defensiveness and pettiness you have come to expect from Donald Trump. In a Twitter meltdown, he called Streep a "Hillary flunky" and "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood."
That's when Hollywood issued a collective: OH NO YOU DIDN'T.
Among the "Hollywood elite" to come to Streep's defense was her pal George Clooney. Last night, at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice, the actor told People, with obvious sarcasm:
I've always said that about Meryl. She's maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she's overrated.
He then laid in to Donald Trump, asking: "Aren't you supposed to be running the country?"
Robert De Niro, who once said he would like to "punch [Donald Trump] in the face," has also fired back at Trump—with his words though. The iconic actor addressed Streep in a letter obtained by People, writing:
What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beautifully. I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements. I share your sentiments about punks and bullies. Enough is enough. You, with your elegance and intelligence, have a powerful voice – one that inspires others to speak up as they should so their voices will be heard too. It is so important that we ALL speak up.
We love you.
You mess with Meryl? You mess with George and Bobby. And also, a lot of other people.