Did Seth Meyers Nail His Golden Globes 2018 Opening Monologue?

Lawrence Cooper
January 15, 2018

The Golden Globes brought clarity and passion to the campaign to change Hollywood's culture regarding sexual harassment.

Oprah's speech touched on the subjects of importance in 2017: Sexual harassment, progression of female empowerment, and the degradation of the racial and political climate of our country. He called her "sounder on economics than Bernie Sanders, understands Middle America better than Elizabeth Warren, less touchy-feely than Joe Biden, more pleasant than Andrew Cuomo, more charismatic than John Hickenlooper".

I hope to see more action toward equal pay, equal rights, and the need for a hashtag like #Metoo to be a thing of the past.

The first award of the night, perhaps fittingly, went to one of Hollywood's most powerful women: Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO's "The Big Little Lies", a series she and Reese Witherspoon also produced. Entertainment industry visibility has been crucial to maintaining the momentum of #MeToo and keeping the conversation about gender inequity alive and top-of-mind, but Winfrey employed her singular talent for bridging privilege and fame to everyday people, cementing the night's efforts as something more than simply fashion. "A new day is on the way".

Meyers' approach - equally determined not to make the show about him and to not hold back on provocative humor - offered, to invoke another "Late Night" segment, a closer look at the evolving career of a comedian being tested on the job.

Years later, Sidney went on to receive the 1982 Cecil B. DeMille Award, leaving history in his wake.

On an evening recognizing women in Hollywood, it was certainly apt to have Thelma and Louise, aka Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, present an award. For all her contributions to society today, there has been no one who's more deserving of the prize than Oprah. "We are the stories in print and we are writing the stories ourselves". But it was her support of women calling out sexual harassment that fueled talk among Democrats in states where presidential runs usually begin, Iowa and New Hampshire.

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The Golden Globes was a night of glitz, glam, and women absolutely not having it with being silenced. If they don't, we don't speak to/of them. They are domestic workers and farmworkers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science.

But for the most part, the men did not speak about the symbols they wore. They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military.

While the original scandals might have been sectored within Hollywood, Oprah's awareness of how widespread these issues have become really spoke to the audience, as well as the world.

"I'm proud that our industry, faced with uncomfortable truths, has vowed to change the way we do business". And while the awards show reflected the power of this moment, it also reflected some of its problems. Expecting Winfrey to deliver a rousing oration is reasonable, but the level of emotional release sparked by her words felt unprecedented and necessary.

"It's been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood", Meyers said, referring to himself.

Through the NAACP and the efforts of Rosa Parks, Taylor sought justice that was denied her but, Winfrey revealed, she died 10 days ago, shortly before her 98th birthday. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. Wow, the power of women. "But their time is up, their time is up".

The idea of bumper stickers reading "Oprah 2020" may be a liberal fantasy, but some Democratic Party activists are chattering about a Winfrey for president campaign anyway.

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