After the explosive outcome of the Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Danny Masterson, Ed Westwick, Brett Ratner and James Toback (holy sh*t that’s a lot!) sexual harassment controversies everyone was waiting with baited breath for the Golden Globes. The first major award ceremony after the #MeToo campaign, the Golden Globes 2017 was all set to be a major landmark in Hollywood as women all over LA reasserted their right to work without harassment.
And of course, when it came time for Oprah Winfrey—who everyone had pretty much guessed was going to win an award—to give a speech she absolutely nailed it. Oprah won the Cecil B. DeMille award because of her lifelong achievements and it’s hard to deny that she’s achieved. From The Color Purple to the Oprah Winfrey Show the woman has been a titan in the industry and has risen to be one of the most successful black women of all time. When the time came for her to offer her own words on the #MeToo movement her words did not disappoint.
"In my career,” she said in the opening lines of her speech, “what I've always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love, and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome. I've interviewed and portrayed people who have withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon [pause] 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."
You can watch the full clip below but needless to say the speech has taken the internet by storm and was widely applauded. There have even been a few cheeky jokes about Oprah running for President. What do you guys think? #Oprah2020? Or would that be a *bit* much for you?
"A new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to a time where nobody has to say #MeToo!" @Oprah #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/iiHYZbfCif— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) January 8, 2018