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The 75th Golden Globe Awards took place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. These awards signal the beginning of the award season and every year fans look forward to a grand old party celebrating the best in film as honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
However, this year’s event focused on social and political issues. In 2017 Hollywood was rocked by numerous sex scandals, allegations of sexual harassment by producers and actors, such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. These notorious predators were finally exposed by many victims including high profile actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd among others.
On Sunday night Hollywood’s elite dressed in black as a show of solidarity and support for the victims, yet the irony is that most of Hollywood’s A-listers including big names such as Meryl Streel and Matt Damon were very much aware of what was happening in the industry and chose to remain silent, and only once courageous women like Rose Mcgowan came forward, did they all stampede to the finish line of sympathy and activism. Many were struck by this hypocrisy watching the Golden Globes last night, including Rose Mcgowan herself who said: “I have no time for Hollywood fakery.”
The entire award ceremony seemed self-indulgent, a ‘look at how we care’ performance that seemed inevitable in the light of recent revelations about the predatory nature of Hollywood’s most powerful. The victims came forward and then everyone else who kept silent for years to further their careers suddenly jumped on board the exposure train because again it is best for their career.
Industries like sports and entertainment which have significant influence and a large following are now jumping on the political train, and Hollywood could not wait to drench this year’s awards in political rhetoric. It does not seem coincidental that Oprah Winfrey was this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, and thus given the opportunity to make an impassionate speech on the very serious issues affecting the industry. Her powerful message will hopefully bring about change and support for women. Oprah is an icon, beloved by many and after her speech last night was hailed as the next presidential candidate in 2020.
Nobody makes a better speech for a cause than Oprah and the Golden Globes decided that this may be just the right platform to showcase Oprah’s presidential talents of giving an eloquent and emotive speech. Oprah was certainly inspiring and she deserved the award, but it would be nice if Hollywood did not have to grandstand so much and actually deal with these issues at a grassroots level, when and as they happen, and not allow sexual harassment to run rampant for years and then try to take a stand at an award show for the world to applaud the gesture.
It is sad to see that a serious issue such as sexual harassment is ‘dealt with’ at a party. It smacks most of us as an incorrigible PR stunt. Yet, it was inevitable. The industry’s dirty laundry was aired for the world to see and it all become an exercise in saving face.
Check out the winners who were overshadowed by the huge activism elephant in the room but the most notable part that most scandalmongers are excited about is that Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were in that very same room, at the same time. Now that Brangelina is over, Aniston got her full circle karma moment. For all we know, they hugged backstage. Highly unlikely though.
Now let’s see how the Oscars will top this grandiose display of remorse and shame because really that’s what it should be seen as.
Hopefully, the silver lining is that moving forward young actresses will be saved from the humiliation of the couch interview, and their careers will advance only due to their talent and hard work.