Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn did not appear as captivated by Meryl Streep’s anti-Donald Trump speech as most others in the room at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
Shortly into her nearly six-minute-long acceptance speech for the Cecile B. Demille lifetime achievement award, the actress said, “All of us in this room belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it — Hollywood, foreigners and the press.” The latter was a reference to the Hollywood Foreign Press, which hosts the annual event.
“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them to the carpet for every outrage,” Streep said to the thunderous applause of the room. “That’s why the Founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution.”
The actress further contended the country is going to need the press in the days ahead and the press would need the support of the Hollywood community to help them “safeguard the truth.”
While most in the room seemed completely in sync with Steep’s sentiments, Gibson and Vaughn did not appear among them.
Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn were thinking what most of us were: I thought this was about television and film. pic.twitter.com/aX5xwmXCEs
— @PolitiRight (@PolitiRight) January 9, 2017
Vaughn did not endorse Trump, but has described himself as a Libertarian and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
“Trusting the federal government to know what we need and to run things well feels like a bad idea,” he said in a 2015 interview.
Gibson’s political views are not well known, but he is a practicing Catholic who has expressed pro-life beliefs.
find someone who looks at you the way literally everyone looks at meryl streep pic.twitter.com/ClnOwFsX02
— keely flaherty (@flahertykeely) January 9, 2017
Streep, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July in support of Clinton, charged Trump in her Golden Globe speech of making fun of a disabled reporter during the campaign, which the candidate has repeatedly denied and did so again Monday on Twitter.
As reported by Western Journalism, the allegation regarding Trump mocking a disabled reporter stemmed from a campaign rally in November 2015, when he mimicked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski by wildly flailing his arms. Because Kovaleski suffers from Arthrogryposis, it was presumed Trump had been poking fun of his disability.
The candidate said at the time he “merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.” He said that if “Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance.”
Trump used the same flailing behavior to make fun of himself during an interview in 2005 with then-CNN host Larry King and in making fun of rival Sen. Ted Cruz when a topic the Texan did not want to discuss came up.
Not surprisingly, many in the mainstream media expressed support for Streep’s remarks. The LA Times called the speech “inspirational,” while The Hollywood Reporter and Time described it as “powerful.”
I love Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn’s faces during Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump diatribe – https://t.co/ONTpVQfGEU
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) January 9, 2017
Meanwhile actress and well-known conservative Stacey Dash wrote that Gibson’s and Vaughn’s “reaction summed up most of America’s.”
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