If you are like me and only watched a few minutes of the Golden Globes on Sunday and saw the rest on your Twitter feed, two words subtly rested on many celebrities’ clothing.
Those two words were Times Up. As everyone knows or should have heard by now, Sexual Assault in Hollywood has recently come to light with the huge outbreak against Weinstein. Times Up is a movement inaugurated on January 1st and announced by The New York Times in a heart-wrenching and powerful letter signed by dozens and dozens of female celebrities. The movement was founded by actresses Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Reese Witherspoon and is being led by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity.
As for The Golden Globes, many women made a statement by wearing black to show their support for the movement and silently protest. However, many have said a different color should have been chosen to make more of a stand since men usually wear black. I do agree with this, more of a statement would have been made if there was a different color choice, but this is just a start.
One of my all-time favorites is Debra Messing. Debra has been a godsend ever since #MeToo flooding feeds everywhere and continues to use her voice and privilege to stick up for those who are not being listened to. On the red carpet, Debra was interviewed on E! on the reboot of Will & Grace (which is fabulous, highly recommend), and why she was wearing black tonight. During the interview, she called out the network for not paying men and women equally, which caused her to be kicked off the carpet.
“I’m wearing black to thank and honor all of the brave whistleblowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment, assault, and discrimination… Wearing black to stand in solidarity for my sisters all around the globe, and I’m here to celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative, ‘Times Up,’ you know, time is up. 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, and I miss Catt Sadler, and we stand with her, and that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
Debra using her privilege, knowing they won’t cut her off and let her speak, is very admirable. It solidifies my love for her even more, and I hope she keeps speaking up for those who can’t.
The most impactful moment of the night was Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association started giving out this award in 1952 and is given to those who have impacted entertainment in big ways.
Oprah is the first black woman to receive this huge award. It’s no secret that when Oprah talks, everyone listens, which is why she deserves this award so much.
A few quotes that stuck with me I will list here:
“She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history, ‘the winner is Sidney Poitier.'” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and, of course, his skin was black. I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that.”
“It is not lost on me that at this moment, some little girls are watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.”
“I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room is celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year, we became the stories. But it’s not just the story affecting the entertainment industry. It transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.”
If I could put the whole transcript here, I would because, believe me, the whole speech resonated with me.
Now, I am a white woman, so I cannot relate to not seeing myself being represented on television and other platforms. But, to see the impact of this speech in just a short amount of time is mesmerizing. Oprah is the mother we all need and don’t deserve, but she’s here.
In a piece I did with Rush Hour Daily, I touched on Feminism when it was declared Merriam-Webster’s word of 2017. I want to reiterate, based on that article is that this fight is for everyone. This is only the beginning of a long battle.
I have gathered a few quotes from a few women who I hold dear to speak what they want on this to wrap up this piece and give them a voice on a higher platform:
“Oprah Winfrey is a woman FOR the people and her speech had me moved to tears” – Sydney, @SydneyMitchell3
“Watching Oprah’s speech was truest inspirational. I empowered, and ready to change the world.” – Sophia, @SophiaaArtss
“To me, #TimesUp distinguishes itself because all of these celebrities are not only recognizing their privilege and influence, but taking advantage of it to spread awareness of the presence of sexual assault and harassment in industries that get very little attention, like the service, tech, and agriculture industries (to name just a few). they are not only using their fame to recognize the women who face sexual assault and harassment in other industries besides the film industry, but they also have a defense fund and attorneys to legally and financially aid anyone facing sexual assault/harassment. I think the defense fund is the most powerful part of times up because they are following their words with action. sure it’s impactful to have a discussion about sexual assault and harassment, but action without a doubt leads to change, and that’s exactly what we need to move forward.” – Maya, @irlmaya
To learn more about Times Up, click here. Here’s to the start of the revolution.