Donald Trump may regard Meryl Streep as "overrated" after she slammed him a sppech, but just over a year ago the US President-elect had named her among his favourite actresses and had hailed her as "excellent" and a ”fine person”.
Streep, an ardent supporter of Trump's rival Hillary Clinton, slammed the incoming US President in her scathing speech while accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
The three-time Oscar winner took swipes at Trump's divisive rhetoric without naming him as she cautioned against powerful people using their position to "bully others".
Responding to Streep's comments, 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. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
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 (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Trump's critical remarks were in sharp contrast to the comments he made in 2015.
Asked during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter if there were any actresses in particular he loved, Trump answered:
Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too.
"The problem is I'll name three or four or five and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don't mean to insult them," he had said.
During Streep's speech at the Golden Globe Awards, the actress called out Trump's recent "performance", referring to the moment when the President-elect mocked The New York Times' Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter.
There was nothing good about it, but it did its job. I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie; it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modelled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.
(With inputs from PTI)