75th Golden Globes

A New Day is On the Horizon

75th Golden Globes

Josue Sanchez

The color black is usually portrayed as a symbol of death, evil and misery. However, on January 7th, 2018, it was to used make a statement dedicated to victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The #MeToo movement is the social advancement devoted to protect the countless voices of survivors who were sexually violated, physically and mentally. It started in 2006 by Tarana Burke, and has been expanding to this day. Thousands of men and women are now standing up to the oppression of their tyrannical superiors, supporting each innocent body at a time.  

The celebrities who attended this years Golden Globes wore black to commemorate the forgotten voices of the cause.

Susan Kelechi Watson, an American actress in the award winning show “This is Us”, wore black to “stand in solidarity with those who have been harassed, abused; who had the courage to speak out, and to let them know that I stand with them against the injustices that they suffer,” said Watson.

Meryl Streep also stated why she wore black. “I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance. And it’s something that leads to abuse,” Streep said, “it’s led to abuse in our own industry, and it’s led to abuse across the domestic workers’ field of work. It’s in the military. It’s in Congress. It’s everywhere. And we want to fix that.”

Chris Hemsworth was one of many males who dressed in black who supported this movement. “We stand for equality. I believe in equality regardless of gender, regardless of race, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of political opinion. I believe that we all need to come together in a very compassionate way, and say, ‘Okay. Let’s even things out and let’s give each other a chance and let’s listen to one another.’”

Seth Meyers was the host for this year’s Golden Globes, and did not hold back to call out the men who were accused with these scandals. Adding humor and some shady comments about the president, Meyers received an abundance of applause from the audience.   

Many celebrities throughout the event also voiced their opinions about the situations.

One iconic moment was when Natalie Portman was presenting the award for Best Director when she said, “and here are the all-male nominees.”

This discreet but powerful proclamation left the audience speechless, proving once again, the unjust nominations between men and women.

A final recognition was to Oprah Winfrey, who was bestowed the Cecil B. Demille award for her outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Winfrey is the first black woman to ever recieve this astounding award. A standing ovation that shook the walls and touched the hearts of everyone in the building.

Winfrey addressed the public about many topics in her speech, such as women’s rights, equality for all, etc.

She told her story on how when she was a young black girl looking up at her television screen seeing the first black man, Sidney Poitier, receive the same award she had just received. How she felt the presence of young children everywhere look up to him, and now, up to her. How women across the world stay quiet because they are scared and threatened with commands that sound like bullets to their head.

“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,” said Oprah.

“Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.”

All genders are equal, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man who chooses to listen.

She concludes that women are a fundamental contribution to society. That a women has a endure even more pain than men, and yet they still find a way to stand tall.

Oprah wishes for that new day to arrive soon, that the future leaders can “take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.”

Women are powerful. Sure men are strong, but it is through women that society can thrive through its darkest days. As Beyonce once said,  “Strong enough to bear the children…then get back to business.”