Meryl Streep's Fiery 2017 Golden Globes Speech

Meryl Streep’s Fiery 2017 Golden Globes Speech

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Meryl Streep megdöbbentő és inspiráló beszéde a tegnapi Golden Globe díjátadóról. 

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 Abeba, 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.

Vocabulary

lamentation

siránkozás

to pick up on

ráharapni/ rákapni valamire

vilified

rágalmazott, becsmérelt

press

sajtó

a bunch of

a csapat/ egy csoport …

to be raised

felnevelve lenni

sharecropper

részes bérlő (feles bérlő – mezőgazd.)

birth certificate

születési anyakönyvi kivonat

to be nominated for

valamire jelölve lenni

to crawl with

telis-tele van valamivel

outsider

kívülálló

to kick out

kirúgni

breathtaking

lélegzetelállító

compassionate

együttérző, odaadó

performance

előadás

to stun somebody

megdöbbenteni valakit

to sink, sank, sunk

itt: belesüllyeszt

hook

kampó

effective

hatékony

intended

szándékos, itt: megcélzott

audience

hallgatóság, közönség

respected

tisztelt

to imitate

imitálni, utánozni

 

disabled

mozgáskorlátozott

to outrank in

rangban megelőz valakit

privilege

előjog, kiváltság

capacity

képesség

to get out one’s head

kiverni a fejéből

instinct

ösztön

to humiliate

megalázni

platform

platform, tér

to filter down into

beleszűrődik valamibe

permission

engedély

disrespect

tiszteletlenség

violence

erőszak

to incite

felbújtani

to bully

terrorizálni, megfélemlíteni valakit

outrage

gyalázat

to enshrine

kegyelettel őrizni

constitution

alkotmány

well-heeled

jól működő

to safeguard

megvédeni, oltalmazni

to whine about

nyafogni valami miatt

to remind

emlékeztetni

departed

elhunyt

 

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