The internet is all abuzz with talk of Meryl Streep's speech at Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony. Some people see her as a hero for bravely speaking out against President-elect Donald Trump, while others are upset with her words.
While accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award, Meryl Streep referenced a hotly debated incident in 2015 in which it appears that Donald Trump made fun of a New York Times reporter for his congenital joint disease. She said,
There was one performance this year that stunned me—it sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was the moment where 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. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.
One person who was not impressed with Streep's speech is Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway. (Surprise!) In an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday morning, Conway said,
I’m concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also, I think, inciting people’s worst instincts. When she won’t get up there and say, "I didn’t like it, but let’s try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him." Which he has actually done from moment one. The moment he won, he said I’m going to be president for [all people].
Conway saying that Meryl Streep used her platform to "incit[e] people's worst instincts" is more ironic than any Alanis Morissette song could ever depict, seeing as Donald Trump regularly incited people to hate and violence at his rallies. It also wasn't, last time I checked, a requirement for anyone to say nice things about Donald Trump while accepting a lifetime achievement award.
Kellyanne Conway wasn't the only person upset with Meryl Streep for her speech, though. It turns out Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, wasn't too into it either, and she took to Twitter to voice her opinion.
She tweeted, "This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don't start recognizing why and how—you will help him get re-elected."
In response to her tweet, comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, "Um she asked him not to make fun of disabled people and advocated for the freedom of the press and the arts you fucking moron."
McCain shot back at Eichner, writing, ".@billyeichner calling republicans like me 'fucking morons' is a great way for Hollywood to bridge the cultural divide. Enjoy your bubble."
And the spat didn't end there. Billy Eichner responded, ".@meghanmccain I [sic] rather live in a bubble than live with people who don't feel a need to respect the disabled, freedom of speech & the arts."
He continued, ".@meghanmccain Oh & another message from my bubble-can u ask dad to give back the MILLIONS he's received from the NRA? MERYL FUCKING STREEP!"
Meghan McCain stopped responding, but Eichner had a few more things to say. He tweeted, "Love being told I live in a bubble by the daughter of a millionaire politician who sometimes guest co-hosts Hoda and Kathie Lee."
He continued, "And I have no desire to 'bridge the cultural divide' with ignorant voters who don't respect other cultures!"