Oprah, the Golden Globes, and #TimesUp

So the Golden Globes have once again come and gone. The red carpet has been unfurled and rerolled, and celebrities have been seen, photographed, awarded, applauded, and have delivered the expected acceptance speeches. However, this year, following the explosive #MeToo movement, the 2018 Golden Globes were anything but run of the mill.

I admit I might be living under a rock these days. I hadn’t heard about #TimesUp until tonight, (Sunday) so I had a few busy minutes doing some furious Googling.  Turns out #TimesUp is a movement that was launched just a week ago by Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, and Oprah Winfrey, along with over three hundred prominent women who work in film, television, and theater to “help fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond.” The movement has raised over thirteen million bucks for a legal defense fund thanks in large part to donations by some of the biggest names in the industry. All this in just seven days. It blows my mind. Maybe this entire #MeToo thing is something that is going to stick around after all.

Anyway, back to Oprah. Well, sooner or later, honest.

The Globes began as no normal glamorous awards day. The #TimesUp movement encouraged attendees to wear black in solidarity, which was a rousing success. The red carpet became a sea of black. The stars showed up with dates who were the who’s who of the activist set instead of eye candy, and red carpet interviews were often thoughtful and poignant instead of two second fluff and stuff.

The showstopper, however, was Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award—yes, the first black woman to win the award, but that’s not the big news. It’s her speech, and you can check it out it here—just scroll about halfway down the page. You really need to see it if you haven’t. It’s amazing. People are already asking if she’s going to make a 2020 run for the White House. There’s no doubt in my mind she could take it in a heart beat and she’d kick ass and take names doing so.

I could go on and on rehashing all the goodness of what Oprah said, but I want you to hear it for yourself. Please take the eight minutes to watch and listen, and share this with someone else who needs to hear it.

Oprah’s words are way more than an acceptance speech.

They are a call to action.

What do you think?

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15 thoughts on “Oprah, the Golden Globes, and #TimesUp

  1. I think that one of the things that stirred me the most was a feeling of pride for all of the women…for all of us who typed #metoo, who said: “me too”. and even who thought, “me too” for perhaps the first time. It takes courage to think it, to say it and to put it in print/type. Courage comes in all forms. Audre Lorde taught us that “Your silence will not protect you.” Damn. It is so good to listen to. Thank you for sharing the link!

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  2. YES YES YES. We are in mighty times right now, and we absolutely shouldn’t underestimate the power of women acting together at last. For me, Trump represents the final, atrocious, dying effort of both the Patriarchy and Capitalism to clutch on to the status quo, but it’s too late: #TIMESUP. Yes, #Oprah2020. Yes, #OprahforPresident. Yes, with Michelle Obama as well. Imagine that! Woohoo: equality for women at last! And goodness knows, Mother Earth needs it…

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  3. I think what took her so long? Here she was possibly the most powerful woman in media and she never said a word until Rose (who?) McGowan spoke up *sigh* Don’t even get me started on all the powerful men who have never done a damn thing.

    Lainie

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  4. I was planning to watch the speech for a couple of days now. Read so much about it. Your mail urged me to make the time. So I did.. I’m speechless. So powerful, so eloquent and so hopeful. I tweeted in Dutch a couple of days ago I think Michelle should run for president with Oprah by her side. It could be vice versa as well ofcourse 👏. My day just got a lot brighter. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oprah’s speech was just incredible. I had tears in my eyes. As a woman and a survivor, it was so empowering and felt like a moment women have been waiting for – the chance to be heard. I would definitely vote for her for president. Thank you for posting this. Wish you the best – speak766

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  6. Wonderful to see this at last. How long have women been putting up with battery and harassment and men getting away with sexualizing us all the time? What I liked about Ophra’s speech was the fire and the recognition of the solidarity which is crucial to the success of this movement. As for president. Well, maybe, she’s more than likely sound but I’d need to know a lot more about a candidate’s actual politics in relation to a lot of other issues before they got my vote. I also think this is skirting around the cult of personality, not a good basis from which to hand someone such power over everyone else. Having said that, this felt like a declaration that change is coming, and that is a powerful message.

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    1. I respect your caution re the whole ‘personality’ factor; have you watched much of her over the years? She’s deeply committed to human rights, gay rights, peaceful communications, and heart-centred choices. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse, and has worked long and damn hard to achieve unbelievable success as a woman of colour. Have you seen ‘The Colour Purple’? She funded and produced that, as a story that needed to be told. Of course she ain’t perfect, but fuck we NEED a good woman at the helm of the most powerful country on earth… love G

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  7. Fair points, G. I do respect Oprah’s record and I do believe she is people-centred as opposed to property-centred which would make a nice change in a political leader. If it came to it I would probably vote for her (given the chance). But I have long thought that we should elect community workers and volunteers with a proven record of service and sacrifice for the common good. There are a lot of people like that and the world might be a lot better if they were in charge. Maybe Ophra fits this catagory too!

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  8. Sadly, American politics such as they are, average community workers aren’t going to get the attention or have the backing to do it. I mean, the U.S. elected one actor already as president and now it elected a reality TV asshat. So…

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