Oprah’s Golden Globe speech after accepting the Cecil B de. Mille award on Sunday has inspired some and ruffled feathers of others. Understandably so, there were a number of important issues touched on in this speech that people feel many different things about.
Singer/songwriter Seal came out stating Oprah is a hypocrite and part of the very problem she was trying to raise awareness about.
In particular, I watched as many in the alternative media community began to become very rash and emotional about the entire speech and I believe it illustrated some serious challenges existing within the thinking and state of being we operate from. I shared my thoughts in the video below. But let’s continue on here with what challenged people about her speech.
Oprah Spoke Well of The Media
The choice to support media may challenge some of us as it has become clear, over recent years especially, that the media in general has been the source of much propaganda, lies and is responsible for misleading the public on many issues. In some cases, flat out not even informing the public on issues. So while her call for value in the media seems misplaced given the media’s recent actions, she could be referring to forms of alternative media as well who have actually been bringing out the truth the mainstream seems to want to stay away from or cover up. And there’s plenty of evidence they not only do that but are specifically instructed by 3 letter agencies to do so.
People Feel Oprah Must Have Known About & Supported Poor Behaviour
In her speech she made it quite clear that she feels there are many unfavourable things happening to women around the world, including in Hollywood and so forth. This is of course true. Some have stated they were upset due to the fact that they believe Oprah has known about this behavior and has actually contributed to it. This may be true but how we seem to be going about proving this is where the issue lies.
Seal for example stated “Oh I forgot, that’s right….you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad,” This points to the fact the it’s likely Oprah may have known, which would be a good starting point in further researching this subject.
But a meme or an image with someone does not constitute as proof. This unfortunately is the means by which so many are trying to assert that Oprah had known about all the nasty things going on in Hollywood and did nothing. And while there’s a good chance she did know, we must consider, how does going about trying to prove something in this manner actually help the cause? It doesn’t. It only detracts from the truth and pulls awareness away from some of the great things Oprah is doing in other actions. For example, bringing self-help and powerful consciousness authors to millions of people, effectively helping to shift the world. Providing soul enriching content via her network. These, no doubt, are good things.
But we detract from this, focus on the drama and also detract from the very real problem that exists in the industry involving sexual abuse and pedophilia by simply focusing on bashing a figure.
Due to a poor approach with evidence, it’s difficult for anyone to take the subject seriously because everyone is speaking emotionally, irrationally and providing no evidence.
The solution? We have to begin to take some time and dig a little further, find some solid evidence and present our case. We also have to get out of our egos more, get into the heart and determine how to talk about these subjects more effectively.
I went into deep detail and shared my take on the whole speech and the events that took place afterwards in the video below. I also touch on what I believe is a huge challenge existing in the alternative media community.
Here is Oprah’s entire speech, in written form:
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
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. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.’” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. 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. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.