NEW YORK – President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday, calling Meryl Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” following her speech Monday night at the Golden Globe awards.
Trump’s “overrated” remark follows one he made in 2015 to The Hollywood Reporter in which he called Streep one of his favorite actresses and a “fine person, too.”
While “overrated” is an opinion, Streep, who took aim at Trump in her speech while accepting the Globes lifetime achievement award, holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. She has earned 19 Oscar nominations and three wins, as well as a record 29 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins, and two Emmy Awards.
Plus there’s a Presidential Medal of Freedom, not to mention 10 People’s Choice Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, four National Society of Film Critics Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and has been named a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest civilian honor given by the French government.
She’s also earned a Tony Award nomination, five Grammy Award nominations, the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, an American Comedy Award, an Irish Film and Television Award, two Italian Online Movie Awards, two Teen Choice Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
If her awards weren’t enough to cement her reputations, fellow Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney and Barbra Streisand came out in support of Streep by blasting Trump.
Clooney, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and former costar of Streep’s, addressed the controversy at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice. “I’ve always said that about Meryl. She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated,” he told People sarcastically.
“Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?,” he asked Trump. Streisand too expressed her solidarity with Streep, saying, “I thought that (Streep) said what she said beautifully.” “I completely agree with Meryl. It was a heartbreaking moment and so beneath the dignity of the presidency, let alone any respectful person. What we need more in this world is kindness and common decency, and what he did and how he reacts, and how he has the need to talk back and insult anybody who doesn’t agree with him, that’s pretty disgraceful,” the veteran actress-singer said.
Late Night show host Seth Meyers too focused on Trump by pointing out that Trump’s Twitter antics have not changed since he was voted into office. He also mentioned a Washington Post article that quotes Trump saying people call him “the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter.” “I would say you’re just the Ernest of Twitter. Seriously, if Ernest Hemingway heard you say that, he would kill himself again.”