The Golden Globes Speech That Should've Been Given

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

The sheer volume of allegations made against various male Hollywood actors, directors and agents have rocked Hollywood over the past year with allegations dating right back to the 90's.

The animated film Coco took best animated feature and the musical The Greatest Showman took best original song for "This Is Me".

"I slept on it and came to the conclusion that the Oprah thing isn't that insane", tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, the president whom Winfrey was credited with helping to elect in 2008. In the instance of actors like Corey Haim, Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette who chose to speak up and found their respective careers affected in one way or another. Namely, that the burden of fighting sexual harassment and abuse continues to fall upon women.

Known for celebrating the best in film and television, this year's Golden Globe Awards was dominated by one topic: sexual harassment against women.

Stars such as Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae and Meryl Streep showed up resplendent in their black gowns. "They're the women whose names we'll never know". It was a poignant display of sisterhood and an undeniable display of female defiance.

However, actress Blanca Blanco chose to wear red and now, she's explained why.

This was done as a part of solidarity to support Time up Now movement. She says her red dress was made months ago.

"Oprah. I love Oprah". Wearing red does not means I am against #timesup movement. And I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door, bone exhausted from cleaning other people's houses.

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And when "Big Little Lies" won for Best Limited Series, Reese Witherspoon thanked the audience and those watching at home: "This show is so much about the life we present to the world that can be very different than the life behind closed doors, so I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment".

In criticising Blanca, what have we done?

"We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print", said Moss, referencing Atwood's prose.

Less than 24 hours after Oprah Winfrey's highly-anticipated speech at the 75 Golden Globe Awards, CNN host Chris Cillizza could barely contain his excitement about a possible Oprah presidency; saying one "could close your eyes and image that speech in Iowa".

"If she's do it, she'd be fantastic", he said, at the time mulling his own presidential bid. She likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win the best best actor Oscar, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women.

The room was attired in almost all black in light of the recent sexual assault charges and it was the highlight of the night as almost every single speech touched on some aspect of the movement.

She and other actors donned black on the red carpet to support Time's Up, a new initiative to tackle "systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace".

Time is well and truly up.

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