I’m supposed to be writing about my opinion on the first week of the new year, but I can’t get the 75th annual Golden Globe awards out of my mind. It was a tough summer for the men in the industry. Too bad it’s also been a tough lifetime for every woman in (and out of) Hollywood.
Almost everyone in attendance wore black last night to stand in solidarity with everyone who has spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse. Before I get into what I think about the wardrobes of the night, I want to talk about our lord and savior, Oprah.
Oprah Winfrey is a BOSS. She is wonderful, she is love personified, and she is the literal definition of power. I am 100% sure that I want to be Oprah Winfrey when I grow up.
My girl used her platform and privilege as the first black woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award as a way to highlight the struggles women have had FOR CENTURIES. Not only did she talk about the women who work in areas like tech, medicine, engineering, and politics, but she spoke of women whose names we definitely wouldn’t hear about in the news. The unknown women who do not have the ability to speak about their own abuse because the system does so well in silencing their voices.
Thank you, Oprah. You are one of a kind and I hope to achieve even a quarter of a fraction of what you’ve done in your career.
Moving back to the whole trend of wearing black for the night, I hate to be one of those people but this performative activism can only go so far. I appreciate the way these women (and men) started a movement to stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse, but the whole thing falls apart once the lights turn off and they all go back to their daily routines. The sucky thing is that some of these people will go back to working with abusers in the industry.
Look at Justin Timberlake who wore black in solidarity and wore a #TimesUp pin, but he’s worked with Woody Allen (and if you don’t know why he’s a piece of trash then Google it). Standing in solidarity only works if you’re willing to help those who have been abused by standing with them when it’s time to call out the abuser(s). Love and light to those who have spoken out against sexual abuse, as well as the survivors who haven’t. Your activism is not measured by whether you’ve shared your story, but by the way others are acting to further prevent it from happening.
Next, I want to shout out the activists who walked the carpet with actresses like Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Michelle Williams. Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement, and Monica Ramirez, who is part of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, took part in walking the red carpet and speaking in interviews. These are the faces of the #TimesUp movement that launched on New Year’s Day with a legal fund being set up to help those who have been affected by harassment, assault, or abuse. I was happy to see ladies like Burke and Ramirez be put at the forefront because they’re the ones the media won’t spotlight (not that it’s a competition, but because every story should be heard).
It was both empowering and disheartening to see this so-called solidarity last night. First, it was empowering because a majority of the female winners or presenters made it a point to talk about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the wage gap that’s affected actresses and female directors, especially women of color. Now we get to the disheartening part because not one man last night spoke out against sexual harassment, assault, or abuse. The black outfits can only do so much to show support, but if the people in attendance last night continue to be complicit in the system that belittles and demeans those who aren’t in positions of power then nothing will change. Like Oprah said, “It will be because of magnificent women…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.” So I’m hoping this movement continues to wear black, but they should also start holding abusers accountable.
A last few quick shout outs to my boo, Sterling K. Brown who was the first black man to win for Lead Actor in a Television Drama Series, as well as MY president, Ms. Laura Dern who won for Supporting Actress in a Series.
Another shout out goes to a person who waited 25 years to get on stage and make a speech, Mr. Guillermo del Toro. It was a beautiful moment for mexicanos everywhere, especially since Coco won for Best Animated Feature! A story about a young Mexican boy and his family won so you know the tears were springing from my eyes LOL.
Lastly, I’ll lighten this post up a bit with some of my choices for BEST DRESSED! Let me know who your pick was because everyone was literally living their best life on that red carpet. Unfortunately, these choices don’t truly reflect the amount of people who I believe slayed my life last night. (HONORABLE MENTION: Millie Bobby Brown’s 13 year old ass really gave me a run for my money! She did not come to play 👀)
Thank you for reading! Let me know if y’all watched the globes de oro and what other award shows you can’t wait for!