“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of an ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty” – Mahatma Ghandi
Last night was the 65th annual Golden Globe awards. Not only does the Golden Globes mark the beginning of the 2018 award season, but last night’s show in particular, marked a pinnacle moment for the entertainment industry as a whole. For those of you who don’t know what the #TimesUp movement is, or have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, let me explain.
The Times Up movement, was formed a couple weeks ago and has been endorsed by hundreds of entertainment industry’s biggest names, in response to the hundreds of men and women from every walk of life, who have spoken out regarding their experience being sexually harassed, assaulted or mistreated in anyway.
As intended, the Golden Globes acted as a platform for this movement. Before the red carpet had even been rolled out, celebrities across television and film posted messages with the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack.
Time’s Up visually made it’s presence last night in the form of black. (Here are some of my favourites)
The show it’s self didn’t shy away from this topic. Despite the seriousness of the topic at hand, the mood inside the room was still celebratory, and optimistic. With Oprah as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award it was a guarantee that audience members and viewers at home would be captivated by the words of a strong, successful, accomplished woman.
“It is not lost on me that at this moment there are some little girls watching, as I become the first black woman to receive this award. It is an honour and it is a privileged to share the evening with all of them, and also with the incredible men and women who’ve inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me, and made my journey to this stage possible”
“We all know the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption, to injustice, to tyrants, victims, secrets and lies. What I know for sure is that speaking your truth us the most powerful tool we all have. I am especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. This year, we became the story. But, it’s not just a story effecting the entertainment industry, it’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to the women who have endured years of abuse and assault, because they, like my mother, had children to feed, bills to pay, and dreams to pursue”
“So I want all the girls watching here and now to know, that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
What I would give to be in the room to hear her words first hand. This is a time of change, of so much promise. Of voices giving a voice to the voiceless. I can’t wait to see what else this award season has in store, but I can tell you now, this is only the beginning.
If you want more information about the #TimesUp Movement, or want to add your name to the letter of solidarity by donating to the Time’s Up legal defence fund please visit www.timesupnow.com