'I thought it took balls,' he said of Streep's Golden Globes speech. 'I thought she was very brave'

By Jessica Derschowitz
February 24, 2017 at 08:53 AM EST
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Jack Black has cast his vote for a Meryl Streep speech at the Oscars.

The actor and musician praised the Florence Foster Jenkins star during a performance at a benefit concert on Thursday night, saying she “was very brave” for criticizing President Donald Trump in her passionate Golden Globes speech last month.

“Is Meryl Streep in the audience tonight?” he asked at the Songs for Cinema benefit held by Artists for Peace and Justice, in video captured by The Hollywood Reporter’s Chris Gardner. “I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more sh– about that a–hole.”

Streep used her Golden Globes speech to denounce Trump, who was then president-elect, for mocking a reporter for his disability while campaigning for office in 2015.

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh that’s just liberals … patting themselves on the back.’ I don’t agree. I thought it took balls,” Black continued. “I thought she was very brave. I was very inspired by it. To get up there and tell the truth about the President of the United States in front of a billion people — that takes courage and is very inspiring.”

Even if Streep doesn’t win in the Best Actress category on Sunday, Black encouraged others in the crowd to do as she did, should they capture Oscar gold. “To the winners in here, I hope you do the same, ya know?” he said.

Watch Black’s comments in the video above, and head here to see Streep’s full speech from the Golden Globes.

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