Barbra Streisand (Getting Her Teeth Cleaned): 'I Completely Agree With Meryl'

By Susan Jones | January 10, 2017 | 7:05am EST
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer and actress Barbra Streisand during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Songbird Barbra Streisand told MSNBC's Chris Matthews she was having her teeth cleaned as he interviewed her by phone on Monday, but she wanted to applaud fellow actress Meryl Streep for slamming Donald Trump at the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday.

"I thought that she said what she said beautifully," Streisand said. "And I completely agree with Meryl. It was a heart-breaking moment and so beneath the dignity of the presidency, let alone any respectful person."

In her speech at the Golden Globes, Streep talked about a performance that "stunned" her, because "there was nothing good about it."



"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," Streep said.

Streisand echoed Streep's call for more "kindness and common decency" in this world. She criticized Trump for needing to "talk back and insult anybody who doesn`t agree with him. And that's pretty disgraceful," the singer said.

"I mean, what's the signal to little children, you know, who watch television and see this behavior of the soon-to-be president of the United States, you know?" Streisand continued. "Little girls were heartbroken when Hillary Clinton didn't get to be president. So I think it's what they see. Children will listen -- I sang that in a song once -- you know, and they will see and they will learn.

"And -- and -- you know, I'm in the middle of having my teeth cleaned, Chris. You caught me at an disadvantage!"

"Well, I'm glad you're on the phone with us," Matthews responded.

Trump on Monday sent out three tweets, saying: "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....Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him......'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!"

Streisand told Matthews that if you get on Trump's "wrong side" he will "blast you negatively."

Then Streisand criticized Trump's New Year's Eve party at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Press reports said the club sold hundreds of tickets for the party, at more than $500 apiece. 

Streisand complained that Trump "wasn't generous enough to give...his followers, you know, a present. He had to charge for it...and then put that money into his club? I mean, don't you think that's a little strange?"

"Well, he's a mixed bag, certainly," Matthews responded. "Barbra Streisand, you're so great. You're a friend of mine, and I'm so glad you came on the show tonight. This is big news. I take this as not just cultural news or pop culture news, but heavy political news tonight because I thought, as you did, that Meryl Streep said something a lot of people felt needed to be said, and as precisely as she said it."

"I'm very proud of her," Streisand chimed in. "And she's a wonderful actress, and that he had to denigrate her talent because she spoke out is -- as a matter of fact, why isn't he sitting, you know, through briefings rather than tweeting this nonsense, and you know, ratings war with Arnold Schwarzenegger? I mean, I don't know how we're going to take, you know, four years of this."

The interview ended with Matthews and Streisand thanking each other.

Then this: "I can go back to getting my teeth cleaned?" Streisand asked Matthews.

"Yes, go back to your work!" Matthews said.

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