In the speech, Streep never explicitly names Trump, but references an incident where he appeared to mock a disabled reporter.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said, while accepting the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award.
“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah praised portions of the actresses’ speech, but criticized the portion that referenced football and mixed martial arts.
“I understand what Meryl Streep was trying to do, and I don’t know if I could’ve done better in that moment, but here’s the thing I feel like we could all learn as people,” he said. “You don’t have to make your point by [expletive] on someone else’s thing, because a lot of people love football and the arts.”
During the segment, Noah also called Streep’s speech “powerful” and said it was a “highlight” in her already distinguished career.
Following the Golden Globes, Trump referred to Streep as “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” in a series of tweets.