It's hard to imagine anything good coming out of 2017. It's been a year that has been rocked by tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. But there have been a few moments that have brought faith back humanity, with the most important being women around the globe rising up against the patriarchy and fighting for their right to be heard. Women's prowess rocked not only the entertainment industry but the entire fabric of western culture. Despite the political intensity of 2017, there were also some light-hearted moments - like Prince Harry's engagement - and some fantastic memes - salt bae, anyone?.
Here are my top five favorite moments from 2017.
Best of 2017
When the whistle was blown on sexual harassment in Hollywood, women all around the world from all industries came together to express how they too have been victims of sexual harassment. #MeToo has brought women together and has strengthened their power to vocalize this epidemic. The hashtag has been used over 500,000 times and has attracted many influential women like Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Warren, Reese Witherspoon, Uma Thurman, and Viola Davis. The hashtag has made an impact in over 85 countries and has brought attention to the devastating abuse women face every day. It's unbelievable harrowing to see these women telling their stories. 2017 has proven that women will no longer sit back and be silent about their torment.
The Women's March
The day after he-who-must-not-be-named's inauguration, all major cities across the world saw women march to protest a lack of female and human rights, healthcare reforms, reproductive rights, racial inequalities, immigration reform, and just about every unjust political sanction that came with the new administration. Participation in the march on Washington was estimated to be around 500,000 people, with a total worldwide participation of over 5 million people, not including the 5 million people who participated throughout the United States. The Women's March became the largest single political demonstration since the anti-Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 70s - all in the name of equality.
Best Picture Winner
Just when you thought the 2017 Oscar's were over and you were about to fall asleep to sweet dreams of glamorous movie stars, the biggest whammy of, probably, all-time hit. When Faye Dunaway mistakenly named La La Land Best Picture, a series of unfortunate events followed, causing the 2017 Oscar's to be the most talked about flub all year. The unraveling of events following La La Land's supposed win was the most engrossing ten minutes of the entire show - and probably of award show history. Not to mention, that zoom in on the true Best Picture Winner card followed by the shocked expressions from all of Hollywood deserves to win an Oscar in and of itself. In a year where everything has gone wrong, it's not surprising that even the Oscar's messed up - but at least this one was funny.
The Royal Engagement
I think what we all needed this year was a lovely royal engagement to cheer us all up because sometimes you just need to believe that fairytales are real. And our favorite royal, Prince Harry, made us all swoon when he announced his engagement to his American actress, Megan Markle. So not only do we Americans get to reveal in a wonderful royal engagement, but we also get to claim the future princess as our own! Prince Harry and Megan Markle's engagement has proved that there is still happiness in this bleak world - and I for one will be relishing in it throughout 2018 too.
In one of probably the cutest moments of 2017 (although probably the most embarrassing for this dad), Professor Robert Kelly was live on BBC News when his daughter decided it was play time. She came swaggering in, closely followed by her little sibling, and soon the entire interview was infiltrated by his entire family. The interview soon found its way to become a viral hit because of its hilarious purity. This BBC News interview became one of my favorite moments of 2017 because it's just so innocent and sweet. This dad's take away: next time he should lock his office door before going live on the BBC.