Meryl Streep's peers in Hollywood are standing up for her amid her feud with President-elect Donald Trump

By Tierney McAfee
Updated January 09, 2017 02:19 PM

Hollywood is going after Donald Trump for calling Meryl Streep “overrated” following her fiery Golden Globes speech that excoriated the incoming 45th president without ever uttering his name.

Yes, that Meryl Streep. Three-time Academy Award-winning actress who has more Oscar nominations than any other actor ever Meryl Streep.

It seems that to Trump, Streep is nothing more than a “Hillary flunky who lost big.” But to many of her peers in Hollywood, Streep is regarded not only as the best actress of her generation, but now also as “brave” for her impassioned speech against Trump.

George Takei, Billy Eichner, Elizabeth Banks and more stars were quick to come to Streep’s defense on social media:

Streep took aim at Trump while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globes Awards on Sunday evening, calling him out for mocking New York Times investigative reporter Serge F. Kovaleski by impersonating his physical handicap.

The actress was a strong supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton throughout her campaign, and introduced the former secretary of state at the Democratic National Convention in July.

Trump’s “over-rated” barb has Streep joining a high-profile group that has also received the same insult from the president-elect. That list includes Jon Stewart, Megyn Kelly and the Broadway production of Hamilton.

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Saying the moment “sank its hook in my heart,” Streep declared of Trump’s actions, “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Hollywood is largely boycotting Trump’s inaugural, and he has significant difficulty attracting big-name performers to take part in the Jan. 20 transfer of power.

Trump has denied mocking the reporter’s disability and did so again early Monday morning in a series of tweets slamming Streep:

Trump is known to write nearly all of his tweets himself, dictating only a few to social media assistants.

The president-elect also told the The New York Times in a phone interview early Monday that while he had not watched the Golden Globes, he was “not surprised” that he was attacked by “liberal movie people.”