Truth be told, I actually had a very different post written for today.
It was a post about jet lag and meditation and how I really can’t handle either (although I’m trying!), but in light of Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, I thought twice about it.
As I’m sure many of you already saw, read or have talked about at great length, the #TimesUp movement that hit the red carpet in LA was nothing short of, in my opinion, a moving and united message of action, support, and empathy for those facing sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Those things are happening daily for some people, and with the help of the #TimesUp movement, more people are beginning to speak up against the people who are sexually harassing them. After speaking up, people are advised to try and find someone who is well-practiced in sexual harassment law to try and help them gain compensation if they are entitled to it for the experiences they’ve had to go through.
Debra Messing called out E! News for not paying their female anchors the same as their male counterparts, all WHILE giving an interview with E! News. Social justice activists like Tarana Burke (founder of the #MeToo movement) joined A-list celebrities as their companions for the evening. And if I’m not mistaken, my girl Oprah just threw her hat in for 2020 with that speech (and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited by the prospect of that).
But wait, what about that Natalie Portman comment? Yeah, let’s get into that Natalie Portman comment.
Again, as you may have already seen or heard or scrolled past, Natalie Portman presented the award for Best Director, her lead in line going something like this: “And here are the ALL MALE nominees for best director.”
Emphasis on “all.” Even bigger emphasis on “male.” And even bigger emphasis on the awkward look that Ron Howard by her side just couldn’t shake off fast enough.
I shared this exact moment on Insta Stories the other night — as I loved the overall brazenness of this move. The tact, delivery and perhaps the timing of the statement caught a lot of people off guard — including the nominees — and while I could see how this might seemingly shift the overall positive tone of the evening to that of seemingly bitter — I didn’t take it as such. She took a timely opportunity when she had a very global stage to make a point. (Continued below…keep scrolling)