Colbert Proposes a 'Million Meryl March' and Has the Perfect Rallying Cry
After drawing on Jenna Bush's Golden Globes "Hidden Fences" mishap, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert turned to the biggest star of the night.
"The real star of the night and every night in my opinion was Meryl Streep, who won a [Cecil B. DeMille] lifetime achievement award and stole the show with her acceptance speech," Colbert said.
In her speech, Streep harshly and movingly criticized President-elect Trump. She spoke about a recent performance that "stunned" her. "Not because it was good—there was nothing good about it—but it was effective and it did its job," Streep noted.
"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled [New York Times] reporter [Serge Kovaleski]," Streep said. "Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back... When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
"Yes, we all lose, except Donald Trump, who won," Colbert pointed out. "Of course, the president-elect was all too focused on defeating ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity... Just kidding."
Trump hit back the following day, calling Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses" and a "Hillary flunky" who "lost big."
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483961270.0
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483961762.0
"I'm sorry, what?" Colbert asked in response to the tweet. "What? What did you say? Meryl Streep is overrated? I mean, have you seen 'Sophie's Choice'? 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'? Have you seen the one with dead people? She's even funny in that one."
"Look, Mr. Trump," Colbert continued. "You can refuse to release your taxes, you can call to ban an entire religion, you can play footsie with a dictator, but calling Meryl Streep 'overrated'? No! No!"
Colbert then called for a "Million Meryl March," referencing the Women's March on Washington set for the day after Trump's inauguration.
"I'll be the one holding the Blu-ray of 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and weeping," Colbert promised, before offering a tip for protesters:
"Stop making fun of what's in [Donald Trump's] heart, that would be cruel, because his heart is severely disabled."