Travis Tritt Rants on Twitter After Meryl Streep Calls Out Donald Trump in Golden Globes Acceptance Speech
Put Travis Tritt in the column of people who weren't thrilled by Meryl Streep's Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globes on Sunday night (Jan. 8). The actress used some of her stage time to call out President-elect Donald Trump, and later that night, Tritt had a few things to say about it.
"Advice to all actors, musicians and entertainers: Please stick to your crafts that we all love you for and drop the political rhetoric," Tritt tweeted around 1AM ET on Monday (Jan. 9), adding, "Nobody cares or wants to hear what any celebrities have to say about politics. Do your craft and leave politics to the politicians."
Tritt spent a few hours engaging with those who replied to his tweets -- readers can see some of the comments in the gallery above -- before, around 4:45AM ET, sending out another tweet: "If you have fans who respect your talent enough to spend hard earned money to see your talent, be thankful and gracious and leave it at that."
Response to Tritt's tweets was mixed: While some agreed with him, others viewed his thoughts "a political rant about not making political rants."
"What about your performing and cheerleading Bush 43? Did you forget?" wrote @sports_fanaticz, to which Tritt replied, "That was a long time ago and I've learned since that people want to hear my music, not my political views."
Another Twitter user, @nasboat, linked back to a tweet from Tritt in January of 2016: "In the upcoming election, I will be voting for the ABC candidate (Anybody But Clinton)! She is a lying troll who isn't good for America!"
At the Golden Globes, Streep focused, near the end of her acceptance speech, on President-elect Trump's mocking of a disabled reporter: "There was one performance this year that stunned me ... It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life," Streep said. "And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
"Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence," she continued. "And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."
Streep -- who campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election -- also called on "the principled press ... to call [Trump] on the carpet for every outrage," and asked for support of the Committee to Protect Journalists, "because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth."
Following Streep's speech, Trump used Twitter to call her "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood."
Tritt's late-night Twitter comments weren't the first he's made in recent months: In November, following Beyonce's performance at the 2016 CMA Awards, the singer again used the social media platform to voice his disapproval.
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