The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much more including Amy Schumer's "Bachelor" picks and Meryl Streep's rousing speech stating, "disrespect invites disrespect."
Meryl Streep got a laugh as she described her own basket of deplorables Sunday night as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
"All of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now," she said. "Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press."
Then Streep got real, talking about her own beginnings in New Jersey and name-checking the likes of Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Dev Patel, Ryan Gosling and more as Hollywood types who'd come from other places.
"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick 'em all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts," she said enthusiastically, "which are not the arts."
"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it," she said, "I still can’t get it out of 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."
Streep then asked the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to join her in supporting a "community" to protect journalists.
"We’re going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth," she said.
Her voice hoarse from mourning the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, whose funeral she'd attended Friday, Streep closed with a few words from the woman who wrote "Postcards From the Edge."
"As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art," she said, saying thank you as she was applauded off the stage.
In the audience, as the show went to commercial, Priyanka Chopra said to the people standing at her table, "Use your art to have a voice -- wow."
"In a weird way," said Rami Malek, who was sitting at the same table, "She's our president."