Meghan McCain forgot the internet’s number-one rule: don’t mess with Meryl.
Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award during Sunday’s Golden Globes and used her speech to talk about the one performance “this year” that stunned her. “Not because it was good,” she said, while literally everyone in Hollywood looked on in approval, “there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job… It was the moment where the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter.” Streep was, of course, referring to President-elect Donald Trump mocking New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski during a rally in South Carolina. Most everyone — well, minus Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn — in attendance was inspired by the Oscar winner’s words, but not Meghan McCain.
“This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won,” the Outnumbered co-host (and daughter of Senator John McCain) tweeted. “And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how – you will help him get re-elected.” Streep was a little busy, so Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner came to her defense.
Okay, now he came to her defense.
McCain fired back, “Calling republicans like me ‘fucking morons’ is a great way for Hollywood to bridge the cultural divide. Enjoy your bubble,” to which Eichner replied, “I rather live in a bubble than live with people who don’t feel a need to respect the disabled, freedom of speech & the arts!!” He then added, “Oh & another message from my bubble-can u ask dad to give back the MILLIONS he’s received from the NRA? MERYL F*CKING STREEP!” That’s when McCain stopped responding, but the Difficult People star kept going.
I think this means Meryl has to go on Billy on the Street now.
The other reactions weren’t much prettier.
Trump has (surprisingly) yet to respond on Twitter, but in a brief interview with the press, the President-elect said he was “not surprised” to be attacked by “liberal movie people.” He continued, “People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing. And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary.”