“A new day is on the horizon, and 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 they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #MeToo again.” Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey gave a soul-stirring speech that captivated Hollywood’s best and brightest at last night’s Golden Globes awards.
Dressed in all black as a stance in solidarity with the #MeToo campaign against sexual assault in Hollywood, she prophesied that there is not only hope for the future of Hollywood but also justice coming to those who use their status and power to take advantage of others.
Winfrey’s own experience with sexual assault is widely known, but she chose to speak on her mother’s painful past while working as a domestic:
“I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”
She also emphasized the power of today’s press and the role they play in today’s social climate. “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have,” the entertainment industry powerhouse reminded audience members.
Winfrey attended last night’s Golden Globes award show to accept the Cecil B. DeMille award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the world of entertainment. She is the first Black woman to receive this award since its inception in 1952.
Her acceptance speech, which was over eight minutes long, re-affirmed the importance of black representation in Hollywood. Audience members including Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Common, and Anthony Anderson all watched this historic moment and beamed with pride as she delivered her unforgettable speech.
She thanked those who first gave her a chance to break into the entertainment industry, such as Quincy Jones, and dedicated the award to the young black girls who are watching and in pursuit of one day being in her shoes. Today news sources are reporting that her speech may have been a political move. For years there have been talks of Oprah running for president. Only time will tell if there is truth to these predictions.