“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.” Oprah Winfrey declares in her groundbreaking Golden Globes Speech this Sunday.
Humanity has come a long way. Though we are still far from obtaining real equality, more and more people are coming out, telling their stories and fighting for each and everyone’s right. In the last quarter of 2017, #MeToo served as a campaign to encourage women from all over who are victims of sexual assault and harassment blew up in social media. Millions of people joined in the movement, women and the people that support them. More than the hashtag, the #MeToo campaign carried on outside the digital world and opened a door that will not be closed anytime soon. Hearing everyone’s story gave victims hope that they are not alone in their fight and gave them courage to stand up. Now more than ever, women are more empowered to oppose the conduct of brutally of powerful men.
The 75th Golden Globes marks the start of a new era. It became more of a protest than an award show. As a ceremony that is being broadcast around the world, it became a perfect platform for such causes. Barely anyone came in wearing anything other than black, the unofficial dress code as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Winners and presenters used the spotlight to honor all those who spoke out against sexual harassment, Hollywood misogyny, and pay disparity. Everyone did their part, but the most powerful speech came from the queen herself, Oprah Winfrey.
“Their time is up!” she said, declaring the end to men who think they can always get away with oppressing women. She repeated it three times as people got to their feet, clapping with tears on their cheeks. She made an impact as the first black woman to win 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.” But she took it further that the most powerful tool we all have is speaking our truth and delivered a moving speech about Recy Taylor’s story. The whole vibe already felt like a victory already, a conclusion of all the historic wins. To end her speech, she wanted every girl watching that a new day is on the horizon and there will come a time that nobody has to say “me too” again.
#MeToo started as a single revelation against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that was followed by more allegations against him that inspired other women to come out and tell own their personal harassment stories. As women all over the world said me too, more and more harassment stories were uncovered, from Hollywood to our own local indie scene. This is how powerful telling your truth can be, it shows how one person’s story can catapult a revolution that one day can change the world. Now the #TimesUp movement was started by a powerful group of 300 women from Hollywood is giving support to women who’s strong enough to share their personal truth and say me too.
The whole night was amazing. Hell — it was historical. But the true test is what will happen next. Will the fire continue to flame or will it die down? The most influential people are now speaking up. It’s our time to actively do something. Don’t wait for you or anyone you know experience harassment, end it before it happens. Change will start with you.