Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes Speech

Sukhdeep Kooner (11th), Reporter

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The 75th Golden Globe Awards, which was hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, was shown live in Beverly Hills on January 7th of this year. The event was attended by numerous celebrities of the film and television industry; most attendees were draped in beautiful black gowns and suits in honor of the fight against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Many celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Daniel Kaluuya, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Joe Jonas also showed their support by wearing additional “Times Up” accessories like the black and white pins.

This extraordinary show was unlike those of the past since the dark colors worn were more than just a bold fashion statement. The shared color signified the unification of entertainers in their support for the Times Up initiative, which was created by female actresses who wanted to reach out to women after the infamous allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other men of power. They encouraged anyone who was victim of sexual misconduct to come forward with their stories and ensured they would be supported.

Many supporters of the cause included Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep, and  Oprah Winfrey- just to name a few.

Through countless speeches, it became undeniable that the celebrities’ unwavering solidarity brought tears in the eyes of those at home watching as well as those who were in the room itself.

In my opinion, however, the most jaw-dropping moment was when Oprah Winfrey took the stage to accept the Cecil B. Demile award. In her speech, she gave a heartwarming sentiment about the power women have and the position they share in the entertainment industry.

There was no dry eye in the crowd as she exclaimed, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

She also referred to legendary women of past generations like Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor and commended their bravery.  She recited the true story of Taylor’s kidnapping and rape by saying “they threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice.”

By the end of the night, her emotional speech had gone viral on mostly every social media platform and many supported her potential presidency for the 2020 election.

Although her run for president may be a bit of a stretch, nonetheless, she moved viewers with her powerful speech and left everyone with a greater sense of hope and inspiration.

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