So much for over-rated: hours after Donald Trump slammed Meryl Streep as a "Hillary flunky", an old interview where he praised the star has resurfaced.
This morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to comment on Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, in which she didn't directly name the president-elect, after giving a quotation to The New York Times saying he had not seen the ceremony.
Hours after Streep's acceptance speech, Trump called the triple Oscar-winner, "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and a "Hillary-flunky". He then explained that he was not mocking a disabled reporter, and said he "would never do that".
However, in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump named the award winner as one of his favourite actresses.
When asked to name which actresses he loved, Trump replied with: "Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she's a fine person, too.
"The problem is I'll name three or four or five and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don't mean to insult them."
He said this despite naming six actors, including Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, as his favourites.
Trump's sudden change of tune came after Streep astonished Hollywood on Sunday night with her acceptance speech for the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
Without actually naming Donald Trump, the 19-time Oscar nominee centered her speech around the President-elect, celebrating the diversity of Hollywood's brightest stars while damning Trump's impression of a disabled journalist that shocked the world in November 2015.
Speaking to The New York Times, Trump, who had not watched the televised ceremony, said he was "not surprised" by her comments, nor that he was a subject of controversy for "liberal movie people."
Trump went on to cite Streep as "a Hillary lover", referring to his rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, and stressed that he had never intended to mock the journalist's disability, but show that the journalist was trying to change a story he had written 14 years earlier: "I was never mocking anyone. I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story," Trump said.
"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."
The full transcript of Streep's speech is below.
I love you all. You have to forgive me, I have lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year so I have to read.
Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments of American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
But who are we and, you know, what is Hollywood, anyway? It's just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey, Viola was born in a sharecropper's cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, R.I. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio, Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?
And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Lon - no, in Ireland, I do believe, and she's here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So 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.
They gave me three seconds to say this, so. An actor's only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that, breathtaking, compassionate work.
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was - there's 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 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 and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. OK, go on with that thing. OK, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.
That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, 'cause we're going to need them going forward and they'll need us to safeguard the truth.
One more thing. Once when I was standing around the set one day, whining about something, we were going to work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me: "Isn't it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?" Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight,
As my, as my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once: "Take your broken heart, make it into art."
Thank you, Foreign Press.
- Originally published in the Daily Telegraph