There is something to be said about people that light the room up wherever they go. During Sunday nights Golden Globe Award Ceremony, Oprah was that person. Receiving three standing ovations after her very moving acceptance speech for the Cecile B. de Mille Award and she deserved nothing less. The night was monumental because if you follow Oprah, then you know she really steers clear of any controversy dominating the news cycle. However, steering clear away from safe, she put several people on notice that night. Particularly, men that use their power in an attempt to silence women that speak up against their abusive practices. She warned empathetically that their “time was up.” She also highlighted the importance of the “MeToo” movement.
Here’s a little background information about the “Time’s Up” Movement. On January 1st, 2018 the movement was officially launched. It was birthed from this heroic act:
In November 2017, the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas wrote a letter of solidarity to the Hollywood women involved in exposing the sexual abuseallegations against Harvey Weinstein. The letter, published in Time, described experiences of assault and harassment among female farmworkers. The letter stated that it was written on behalf of the approximately 700,000 female farmworkers in the US.
Partly in response, Time’s Up was announced in The New York Times on January 1, 2018. The announcement cited the letter of support from the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and the desire to support women who have less access to media platforms and funds to speak up about harassment. At its founding, the following initiatives were announced:
- A $13-million legal defense fund, administered by the National Women’s Law Center, to support lower-income women seeking justice for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace
- Advocating for legislation to punish companies that tolerate persistent harassment
- A movement toward gender parity in studio and talent agencies
- Calling for women on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globe Awards to wear black and speak out about sexual harassment and assault – Time’s Up Wiki
For the full transcript of her speech visit Variety
Now what’s interesting is that pictures of Oprah with Harvey Weinstein are now popping up all over the internet. I don’t have an issue with this and here’s why; predators know how to pretend and the pictures were prior to the allegations. He is in the entertainment industry and them crossing paths is no different than someone crossing paths with a fellow co-worker. You don’t know everything your coworker does, so why should she? To say that Oprah knew about Weinstein’s filthy ways is downright disrespectful, especially to her – a survivor of sexual assault.
On another note, My girl Issa didn’t come with an award tonight. Congratulations to Sterling K. Brown on his win for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama on “This is Us”.
Congratulations once again to Oprah and for those of us that choose to dream, Oprah Winfrey 2020. Watch the speech here!