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?