- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2017

Columnist and admitted Meryl Streep fan Piers Morgan said the actress’ anti-Donald Trump rant delivered during Sunday night’s Golden Globes was “easily” the worst performance of her career.

In his column Monday for The Daily Mail, Mr. Morgan lamented the “stench of hypocrisy” throughout Ms. Streep’s speech that condemned the president-elect and accused him of bullying others.

“She began by saying that Hollywood, foreigners and the press are ‘the most vilified segments of American society right now,’” Mr. Morgan wrote. “At which point the cameras panned out to hundreds of the richest, most privileged people in American society sitting in the audience in their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses, loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their dreadful victimhood.

“She then said that if all the ‘outsiders and foreigners’ were kicked out of Hollywood, ‘you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,’” he continued. “Wow. I haven’t heard such elitist snobbery since Hillary Clinton branded Trump supporters ‘a basket of deplorables.’”

Mr. Morgan said he then “laughed out loud with incredulity” after Ms. Streep delivered the most notable line of her speech, “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Mr. Morgan said the hypocrisy in that line is made evident by an entertainment industry that encourages “disrespect and violence.”

“A place where rich powerful people make billions of dollars by regularly pandering to the lowest common denominators of sexism, racism, homophobia and misogyny,” he wrote. “And happily exploit ever more hideous, graphic violence to make a fast, easy buck. And seethe from every tinsel-encrusted pore with the very kind of nasty, power-based bullying that Meryl Streep claims to be so incensed by in Trump.

“So yes, the stench of hypocrisy throughout Streep’s speech was putridly pungent,” he added.

Mr. Morgan said the iconic actress squandered an opportunity to preach unity and acceptance ahead of a divisive inauguration.

“Instead, Meryl Streep poured another 100 gallons of oil onto an already inflamed toxic fire,” he wrote. “Meryl, I still love you dearly, but you had a chance to bring your country together last night and you blew it.”

The reviews have been mixed on Ms. Streep’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award Sunday night. Mr. Trump slammed Ms. Streep as “overrated” and his incoming counselor, Kellyanne Conway, accused the actress of “inciting people’s worst instincts.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and several big names in the fighting industry also spoke out against the actress for her comments about MMA.

Meanwhile, many celebrities praised Ms. Streep and the White House on Monday defended her speech, with press secretary Josh Earnest calling it a “thoughtful, carefully considered message.”

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