Last night, George Clooney came to Meryl Streep’s defense after she slammed President-elect Donald Trump in her Golden Globes speech, eliciting pushback from Trump.
After hearing her speech, Trump tweeted, "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes."
While attending a reception to support the Netflix documentary "White Helmets,” Clooney said sarcastically, "I’ve always said that about Meryl. She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated.”
The Hillary Clinton supporter asked Trump rhetorically, "Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?”
Along with George, Chelsea Handler, Emmy Rossum and Judd Apatow were some of the other Hollywood names who took to Twitter, to react to Trump’s criticism of Meryl. Handler said, "The reality of our next prez tweeting about actors and reality shows ratings has turned this whole thing into a reality show. #growapair.”
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The president elect is tweeting about reality stars and actors. Don't you have a JOB TO DO?— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 9, 2017
She is over rated as an actress like Michael Jordon is over rated as a basketball player or Sully as a pilot or Ted Williams at baseball. https://t.co/yDfkSVgBHH— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2017
A bigger man would own his mistake and apologize for mocking him. A better president would take criticism without name calling on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/bKTfW0OcnD— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 9, 2017
Trump's response to Meryl Streep--childish, churlish, petulant--is exactly why most Americans fear his presidency. Emtoionally unqualified.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 9, 2017
While Trump is getting some criticism for his comments, Meryl is getting praise from her peers, including Robert De Niro. He wrote in a letter obtained by People magazine, "What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beautifully. I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements. I share your sentiments about punks and bullies. Enough is enough.”
Ironically, Trump told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that Streep was one of his favorites along with Julia Roberts, an “excellent” actress and a “fine person, too."