Last night’s Golden Globes saw many men in Hollywood win awards and address their star-studded audience, but sadly their speeches all had something disturbing in common.
After the poignant ceremony, which saw actresses wearing black to show solidarity with sexual assault victims who’ve made telling allegations against disgraced executive producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as in support of the #MeToo campaign, it was a shame that any mention of sexual harassment was absent from the male winners’ speeches.
Not a single award-winning man stood in solidarity with the industry’s survivors of harassment and assault during their speech.
I’m particularly disappointed in Aziz Ansari, who used a Me Too-type situation as a major plot point in MoN but stayed totally quiet tonight on the issue. Did he even thank Lena Waithe?
— Glennys Egan (@gleegz) January 8, 2018
Host Seth Meyers opened up the night with a tongue-in-cheek joke, celebrating ‘marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.’
It set the tone for men to address the issue, especially since many male actors joined women in vowing to wear black and ‘Times’s Up’ pins, supporting the initiative and legal fund to end sexual misconduct in all industries.
Neither Alexander Skarsgard – who won best-supporting-actor award for portraying a domestic abuser – or woke favourite Aziz Ansari, spoke about the issue.
While the night was filled with powerful speeches calling for a change in a male-driven industry, rife with sexual harassment and propelling female empowerment, the night truly belonged to Orpah Winfrey who was awarded the honorary Cecil B DeMille trophy – the first black woman to get the honour.
She used her moment as a call to action, saying:
I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.
As well as her powerful speech – which called out the systematic abuse in the media and entertainment industry – it revolved around the racial discrimination disrupting the country and bolstering female empowerment – it had a very ‘stateswoman’ like feel.
Since her inspiring moment, the public are now calling for Oprah and Tom Hanks to run for President.
In a time where the leader of the most powerful country in the world was born into a billionaire lifestyle, making his money and fame from real estate and reality TV, why can’t a woman, a self-made-billionaire-turned-philanthropist, who owns her own media company, not run for President?