Meryl Streep Attacked on Social Media for Failing to Name Israel at Golden Globes When Pointing Out Natalie Portman’s Birthplace
Mega movie star Meryl Streep was attacked as an “anti-Zionist” on social media this week for referring to fellow actress Natalie Portman’s birthplace as “Jerusalem,” without mentioning Israel.
At the 2017 Golden Globes on Sunday evening, Streep — who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award — made this distinction while delivering her acceptance speech, a major portion of which was aimed at criticizing President-elect Donald Trump. One way she did this was to say, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” referring to the view of key players in the industry that the soon-to-be US leader is anti-immigration.
To illustrate her claim, Streep named a number of her peers present, who hailed from other countries. She pointed to Amy Adams, who was born in Venice, Italy; she mentioned Ruth Negga, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; she noted Dev Patel, from Kenya; and Ryan Gosling who, “like all the nicest people,” was born in Canada. When she brought up Portman, however, she only stated that the “Jackie” star was born in Jerusalem.
One Twitter user commented: “Meryl Streep at Golden Globes was anti-Israel…Notice how Meryl Streep named every foreign actor’s country except Natalie Portman’s.” Another called Streep an “antisemite.” Yet another wrote: “Meryl Streep severing Jerusalem from Israel is a tactic of anti-Zionists.”
Streep — who was also criticized by Trump for her speech — has yet to respond to the attacks.
Watch Streep’s acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globes below: