Of the many highlights of this year’s Golden Globes, it was Oprah Winfrey’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech that will have people talking for years to come.
Greeted with a standing ovation, Winfrey opened her communication with an fable about Sidney Poitier’s path to a 1964 Oscar win and 1982 Cecil B. DeMille Award victory. As she washed on theatre, becoming the first black dame to win that same honor, she pivoted to phenomena beyond the world of entertainment: the press, the modern political countryside, and the #MeToo move.
“We all know the press is under besiege these days, ” she said, a thinly veiled disapproval of a chairperson hellbent on labeling intelligence he doesn’t like as “fake.” “We also know it’s the greedy dedication to discovering the ultimate faith that stops us from turning a blind eye to corrupt practices and to injustice — to oppressors and preys, and secrets and lies.”
“What I know for sure is that expressing your true is the most powerful tool we all have.” — Oprah Winfrey
“I want to say that I appraise the press now more than ever as we try to navigate these involved ages, which imparts me to this: What I know for sure is that pronouncing your truism is the most powerful tool we all have, ” she continued. “And I’m extremely glad and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal tales. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the storeys that we tell, and this year we became the story.”
The # MeToo movement is about more than the present; it’s for those in the past who never received justice.
Winfrey told the story of the status of women mentioned Recy Taylor, a pitch-black woman kidnapped and assaulted by six lily-white men. Menaced into stillnes, Taylor lived just days ago, her invaders never receiving the retribution they so rightfully deserved.
“She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture violated by brutally powerful people, ” said Winfrey. “For too long, females have not heard something or concluded if they dare tell the truth to the supremacy of those men. But their epoch is up. Their occasion is up. Their era is up. And I really hope — I merely to be expected that Recy Taylor lived just knowing that her faith, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those times, and even now tormented, departs parading on.”
We must “maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest lights, ” as a new day awaits precisely beyond the horizon, she said.
Sounding less like an acceptance discussion and more like the State of the Union for a nation hopeles for hope, Winfrey’s impassioned delivery underscored the raw capability of the words themselves.
“I require all the girls watching here , now, be informed that a brand-new day is on the horizon! And when that brand-new date lastly dawns, well because of a lot of elegant gals, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some nice phenomenal souls, engaging hard to made to ensure that they grow the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”
If you missed it live, you’ll certainly want to watch Winfrey’s powerful pronunciation below.
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