President-elect Donald Trump has hit back at actress Meryl Streep after she used a Golden Globe Awards speech to criticise him. Mr Trump has now slammed Mamma Mia! actress Ms Streep, describing her as one of the most overated actresses of our time, after she called him a bully.
In a six-minute speech, Ms Streep raged against Mr Trump for allegedly mimicking a disabled reporter during a campaign rally a year ago. She told a packed audience of Hollywood stars: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
However, Mr Trump has now taken to twitter to defend himself, saying that Ms Streep does not even know him, but has chosen to attack him. He also said she was one of Hollywood’s “most over-rated actresses”. Mr Trump went on to call the actress one of Hillary Clinton’s “flunkies,” adding that he had not mocked a disabled reporter, but was showing how he had changed his story.
Ms Streep, 67, has won three Academy Awards and been nominated for a total of 49 Oscars and Golden Globes during her half a century long career. She was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Fellow Hollywood A listers have moved to praise her for her words at the awards ceremony. Chat show host, the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres said that there had never been anyone like Ms Streep, adding: “I love her”. Meanwhile, Julianne Moore tweeted: “When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose, thank you #MerylStreep.”
However, others leapt to Mr Trump’s defence, saying there were A listers at the awards ceremony who had spent more on their dress than many people earned in a year.