Activism was already in the air going into last night's Golden Globes ceremony.
The #MeToo campaign, which began in 2006 by activist and community organizer Tarana Burke, recently found new life with actresses and women across industries as a way to find solidarity and make known that violence against women, in any form, still persists. And so, as part of continuing this essential conversation in the TV and Film industry, many actresses agreed to join the #TimesUp campaign for the Golden Globes, which entailed wearing black in solidarity and beginning real, hands-on action to end workplace sexual assault for everyone.
And so, with that in the background, the night was colored with moments of activism and compassion:
We heard from Rachel Brosnahan - winner of Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical TV Show; “There are so many women’s stories out there that need and deserve to be told.”
Laura Dern highlighted restorative justice and re-thinking what it means to "tattle"; "Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice.”
And we got some well-placed, and biting, commentary from Natalie Portman when she made a point to highlight a lack of diversity within the Best Director nominations with "and here are all of the male nominees..."
But the night would belong to one woman:
“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."
-Oprah accepting the Cecille B Deville Lifetime Achievement Award
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