CONTROVERSY, POLITICAL STANCE, AND SURPRISES AT THIS YEAR’S GOLDEN GLOBES

Last night’s 74th Annual Golden Globes was a stellar night for buzz-worthy fodder, political stance, and pleasant surprises for the underdog – you know, your typical award show wrap-up nowadays. Last night sparked controversy when Sofia Vegara’s slip of the tongue left most of Hollywood in stitches; while others (of Latino origin in particular) were left with much to be desired. And although it caused ripples of press for Ms. Vegara, it still doesn’t help deter from Hollywood’s  stereotypical imagery of Latinos not mastering the English language. On stage she presented this year’s Golden Globes trophy girls, (an annual tradition) with a big flub for comedic sake. She introduced Stallone’s three daughters and meant to say it is an “annual” tradition of the award show, but said instead the following:

“Good evening. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has an anal tradition,” Vergara said before sending the room into laughter. “I didn’t mean anal, I meant they have an anus tradition,” she continued, keeping the joke alive. “They have a tradition that they do every year of choosing a second-generation performer to assist in the presentation of the award.”

And now,  for the talk of the town: Merly Streep’s Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement speech. She was a true class act last night as she so thoughtfully address the current state of the nation. An opportunity that she could’ve taken to talk about her accomplishments, but opted to so eloquently talk about the impeding administration and how we ought to stick together in this time of confusion.

Below is Ms. Streep’s speech:

MERYL STREEP

“Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read.

Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.

But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah

Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

They gave me three seconds to say this, so: An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.

But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold  power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.”

And of course, it true tackiness, President-elect Donald Trump had to fire back on twitter with the following statement: “I was never mocking anyone,” Mr. Trump said. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story,” arguing that the reporter had been trying to back away from an article he wrote in September 2001 about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere that month. People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing,” he said in the interview.

“And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Ms. Streep’s remarks at the Democratic National Convention last summer on behalf of his opponent, Mrs. Clinton.

TRUMP

Later Monday morning, Mr. Trump, in a series of tweets, called Ms. Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.” He also reiterated his argument that he had not mocked the reporter “but simply showed him ‘groveling.”

Biggest surprises of the night goes to the underdogs of the evening. “Blackish” leading lady Tracee Ellis Ross won the award for Best Actress in a TV series, comedy or musical – becoming the first black woman to do so since Debbie Allen’s win back in 1983. Rising star, Donald Glover won for Best Actor in a television series, musical or comedy. And, his showAtlantawon for  Best TV comedy. Upon receiving his award, he said: “I really want to thank Atlanta, and black folks in Atlanta, for real – just for being alive and doing just amazing and being amazing people. I couldn’t be here without Atlanta and I really want to thank The Migos, not for being in the show but for making ‘Bad and Boujee.’ That’s the best song ever.”

DONALD GLOVER

Night ended with the biggest surprise of them all with “Moonlight” winning for Best Motion Picture in Drama. Last night was an incredible roller-coaster of emotions and perhaps this ceremony will be the precursor for the impending Oscars – till then, we’ll have to wait and see. Keep it locked here on Snkrbst.com for all the latest and greatest – and don’t forget to #ThinkLikeUs.

By Roz Baron
Editor-in-Chief of Snkrbst.com
RozBaronandtheCity.wordpress.com
T: RozB33

Email this to someoneTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

Leave a Comment