The Golden Globes did not disappoint liberals last night with their stands against sexual harassment, and many powerful celebrities allowing their voices to be heard on that topic and many others. One speech that stood out above the rest was by the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille award, Ms. Oprah Winfrey. Her speech was so moving and powerful that many this morning are calling for Ms. Winfrey to run for POTUS in 2020.
Ms. Winfrey started the speech with her heartfelt memory of watching the first black recipient of a Golden Globe, Sidney Poitier, win his award for the film Lilies of the Field and touched on being the first black woman to win the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award. She said in response to being the first black woman to receive the award:
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible.
She went on to thank Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones for casting her out of obscurity in The Color Purple her longtime partner Stedman Graham, and her best friend, journalist Gayle King.
Her most powerful moments in the speech came when she denounced the attack of the press, and talked about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. We all forget that before she became the all-powerful “Lady O,” Ms. Winfrey was a reporter at a local news station, a journalist. Her words were magical as she molded the two topics together to build a speech that will be remembered for a long time to come:
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. 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.
After seeing this speech live, and reading the transcript this morning, I really wish that Ms. Winfrey would take a stab at politics. Between her massive following, her abilities as a public speaker, and the values she has represented through the years, she looks and seems a lot more presidential than our sitting president. If Donald Trump shows us anything, it is that anyone can be president, even an impoverished little girl sitting on the linoleum floor forever changed by a black man winning a prestigious award. Winfrey 2020!
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