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Golden Globe Speech on Sexual Harassment

Cynthia Lin, Staff Writer

This year, the Golden Globes speeches were centered around sexual harassment and misconduct. The event itself was dominated by discussions on Hollywood’s power imbalances and the #MeToo or Time’s Up movement. As Hollywood celebrities made their way to their 75th annual Golden Globes, many of their wardrobes were all black in honor of the new campaign focusing on victims of sexual violence and combating it.  However, their messages on sexual misconduct and gender inequality continued onstage.

The winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award that night was Oprah Winfrey, who made history that night as the first African American woman who ever took home that prize. Winfrey also gave a speech on the #Me Too or Time’s Up Movement. Winfrey stated that what she knows “for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Winfrey praised “all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.” Winfrey sadly said that “The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted,”, referencing the injustice brought upon most women in the industry. Winfrey ended her moving speech with the final rousing words of “for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up, their time is up!” She received a standing ovation for her moving speech.

Furthermore, Elisabeth Moss was awarded the best actress in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, a TV drama. In her acceptance speech, she quoted the author of the novel on which the TV drama is based off of. She then stated in her own words that “this is for you, and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories.”. Moss describes how women from all over the world, regardless of race, religion, or sexuality are now becoming more involved in Hollywood. She celebrated the fact that women are now heard by the public and that “We are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves”.

To end the night at the Golden Globes awards, Frances McDormand won best actress in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” who stated that “Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food, we are here for the work”, receiving a roar of applause and agreement.

Graphic courtesy of TVLINE.COM

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