By Tara Woods – The Collegiate Staff
This weekend was a big one in Hollywood, the 75th Annual Golden Globes awards took place in Beverly Hills, California. The red carpet turned into a sea of black when celebrities decided to all wear black to show solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
One of the biggest questions left for us Sunday night was: Is Oprah running for President? In the day and age of Donald Trump, it doesn’t really seem that far-fetched. Her speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award (she was the first black woman to win) struck a political tone for many.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she told the crowd to a standing ovation. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again!”
Many thought that because she decided to include men in her speech, it shifted from being about feminism into a more politically charged direction. Seriously though, “A new day is on the horizon!” would be a kick-ass campaign slogan.
When she was asked by the L.A. Times if she was considering running for President in 2020, her answer was pretty cryptic.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, was pretty direct when he asked about the possibility by a White House Reporter.
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” he said, adding, “I don’t think she’ll run though.”
An upset from Sunday night’s affairs was when actress Blanca Blanco decided to wear red, being the only actress who decided on the color. She later explained her decision in a statement to Refinery29.
“I love red,” Blanco wrote. “Wearing red does not mean I am against #timesup movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to brake [sic] the circle of abuse through their actions and their style choice. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status in the acting world. I am excited about the ‘Time’s UP’ movement because true change is long overdue.”
On Twitter, she stated, “The issue is bigger than my dress color #TIMESUP,” after receiving backlash online.
Another big moment was when Debra Messing, star of “Will & Grace,” called out E! Networks gender pay gap, which has recently made headlines after Catt Sadler left E! after finding out her co-host Jason Kennedy earns double her salary.
While being interviewed by E! Network’s Giuliana Rancic, Messing stated, “We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay. I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler. We stand with her.”
Many were applauding her bravery for calling out a network that she was being interviewed by.
The award show continued late into the evening, but its biggest stories were not who or what won, but by the movements powered by women, for women.
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