Last night's Golden Globes' theme was "Time's Up," yet it still felt stuck in the past. And here's my problem with how things went down.
As a protest to the epidemic of sexual harassment and inequality for women in all industries, the women attending the event wore black to stand in solidarity with women across the world - a strong and powerful message that was overshadowed by the blind media, pretending that the A-List, Hollywood chatter could continue in this time of shifting dynamics. The differencing of agendas between the advocates of the Time's Up movement and those stuck in the ancient ways of Hollywood clashed, creating an uncomfortable and, quite frankly, insincere and unsavory atmosphere. The red carpet coverage, which possessed the opportunity to truly turn the spark into the fame on ending gender inequality, continued with its self-contrived nonsense, making up that all was well in the world, thinking that people were watching just to see beautiful people win awards. Instead of discussing dresses and putting all the attention on material vanity, the carpet and the people on it, particularly the men, should have been raising their voices and speaking up for change, like Debrah Messing, like Reese Witherspoon, like Natalie Portman, like the women who put their own conceit aside and let their activist dates be in the spotlight. The coverage still degraded women by showing them as nothing more than a gorgeous body in designer clothes - even if the dress was black. The networks failed to let women have the chance to speak and to show that they are far more intelligent and articulate than the industry allows them to be. In my opinion, Hollywood failed to grasp the importance of this moment: they tried to maintain business as normal which contradicted the entire movement's message. And it, quite frankly, put a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of event.
The rest of the night continued and the fake, pretentious facade of Hollywood royalty remained strong. It all felt uncomfortable and inauthentic to be giving out awards in this time of crisis, but then Oprah came on stage and it all changed. Oprah ignited the fire that had been brewing all night - she opened the floodgates and reminded everyone that there is a reason to be here tonight. She used this platform, which was broadcasting to millions upon millions of people across the world, to inspire and lead the movement for change. Her eloquent, smart, articulate, empowering (and far more presidential than any of that unintelligible twaddle that has come from the White House in the past year) speech aroused the legions of women, and men, watching around the globe to stand up and make a change happen, to no longer sit back and remain silent or let inequality happen. Time's up!
This award show wasn't about giving out awards. It wasn't about fashion and pretty dresses. It wasn't about Hollywood. It had a far greater purpose - but did it live up to that purpose? At times yes, but for the majority, no.
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