The Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Oprah Winfrey led the charge.
“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” said Winfrey, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. “But their time is up. Their time is up!”
More than any award handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Winfrey’s moment — one greeted by a rousing, ongoing standing ovation, one that left many attendees and viewers in tears — encapsulated the mood at an unusually powerful Golden Globes.
Oprah who became the first African-American recipient of the annual award continued, "I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military."
With the roaring applause that filled the room, Winfrey concluded by saying, “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “me too” again.”
Soon after Oprah delivered her powerful speech, the hashtag #OprahForPresident became the top trend on microblogging site Twitter. "If that speech doesn’t make you want to change the world, nothing will," wrote one user.
❤️ oprah— donald (@donaldglover) January 8, 2018
Watching people watch Oprah is a close second to watching Oprah pic.twitter.com/JPhFruC7mC— Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) January 8, 2018
(With inputs from AP)