All we hear about in the news today is all of these female stars coming forward about sexual harassment, and what they have endured from their male colleagues. Over fifty cases have been filed since Weinstein!
Seth Meyers took an oath to address Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals during Sunday night’s 75 annual Golden globes ceremony. He gave one hell of a speech:
“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen. It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed & sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s going to be a good year.” He also added, “This has been the year of big little lies & get out, and also the year of the television series Big Little Lies and the movie Get Out. There’s a new era, and I can tell, because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.”
Meyers even mad sure to crack one last joke to the male nominees, saying, “This is the first time in the last three months it wont be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
He continued on with his harassment jabs with enlisting audience help from the likes of Jessica Chastain, Billy Eichner and Amy Poehler, before pivoting and expressing his gratitude for below-the-line workers in Hollywood.
before the annual awards show, the host of NBC’s Late Night said he planned on skipping the jokes about the president in favor of addressing the reckoning on sexual harassment spawned by Weinstein, while still celebrating the best of 2017’s film & TV.
But it was when the female actresses took the stage that the jokes about harassment gave way to empowering messages to fight for equality and to end discrimination of all kinds.
The stars ascended on a nearly all black red carpet, while wearing their all black attire, which was a last minute fashion choice, in support of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Black was the choice of color to represent solidarity in standing up against sexual harassment and assault, and to promote equality.
“I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truths, but to promote restorative justice,” said winner Laura Dern from Pretty Little Lies, of the culture of silence. “May we also please protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new north star.”
Oprah Winfrey, who made history as the first black woman to receive the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award, called for a time when women will never have to say “Me Too” again.