Clooney backs Meryl Streep, slams Trump

Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney has blasted Donald Trump, after he called Meryl Streep "overrated" following her powerful Golden Globes speech.

 

Speaking at an event in London for the documentary The White Helmets, which is about Syria rescue workers, Clooney said what everyone else was thinking.

"Aren't you supposed to be running the country?" the 55-year-old asked. "I didn't vote for him, I don't support him, I don't think he's the right choice".

Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney has blasted Donald Trump, after he called Meryl Streep "overrated" following her powerful Golden Globes speech. Source: Getty

Earlier this week actress Meryl Streep made headlines with her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts," she said, speaking about the repercussions if Trump were to close America’s borders.

The Devil Wears Prada actress then began to tear up when mentioning one of Donald Trump’s "performances" last year that particularly stood out, when he mocked disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski from The New York Times.

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Meryl Streep won the renowned Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes, and made a powerful speech that referred to Trump at times. Photo: Getty Images

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Clooney spoke at The White Helmets event in London, which he attended with wife Amal. Source: Getty

Trump responded to Streep's speech with a series of tweets. Source: Twitter

"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 in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same,” she said.

"Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence," she continued. "When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."

She stressed the importance of the press needing to stand up to Trump: "We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage ... We're going to need them going forward and they're going to need us to safeguard the truth.”

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She spoke about diversity and slammed Trump. Photo: Getty Images

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Meryl was "stunned" by Trump mocking disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski from The New York Times. Photo: Getty Images

Trump soon after responded online.

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“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” he tweeted, noting that Streep had campaigned for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

“She is a Hillary flunky who lost big,” Trump wrote.

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