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Celebrities Take Jabs at Donald Trump During the 2017 Golden Globe Awards

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As one of the most controversial candidates to ever win the U.S. presidential election — despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes — Donald Trump made for an obvious target throughout the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Host Jimmy Fallon delivered several Trump-related jokes during his opening monologue, while actor Hugh Laurie took a more subtle approach to bashing Trump during his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech.

Meryl Streep, meanwhile, made headlines with her lengthy, powerful message where she recalled the time Trump mocked a disabled reporter and implored the public and the press to keep those in power accountable for their actions.

Check out all the Trump mentions at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards below.

Jimmy Fallon

This is one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.

[Game of Thrones] has so many plot twists and shocking moments — a lot of people have wondered, “What would it have been like if King Joffrey had lived?” Well, in 12 days we’re gonna find out.

Manchester by the Sea is nominated for five awards. You might remember Manchester by the Sea for being the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016.

Florence Foster Jenkins is nominated. The character has been dubbed the world’s worst opera singer, and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s tough to book.

As always, the ballots for tonight’s Golden Globes were carefully tabulated by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young & Putin.

Hugh Laurie

Thank you, first of all, to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this amazing honor. I suppose it’s made more amazing by the fact that I’ll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes. I don’t mean to be gloomy, it’s just that it has the words “Hollywood,” “foreign” and “press” in the title. I also think that to some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy.

Meryl Streep

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 society right now. Think about it — Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we? And 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 sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls Rhode Island. 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, 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 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 for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania.

So 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, 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. But 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 that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in the 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 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.

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 constitutions. So I only ask the famously well-healed Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists because we’re gonna need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing — once when i was standing around on the set one day, whining about something…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 all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once — take your broken heart, make it into art.

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