It’s always surprising to me when people think that events or moments should be bigger than they are. The Golden Globes took place last week, and I was confused at the backlash the awards show received by people wanting the event to focus more on whatever cause they deemed relevant. Let me be clear, I am not downplaying any of the events such as #MeToo that have occurred over the past year or so, but I do think that expecting an award show to act as some type of crescendo to these issues is a bit naive.
Take the lack of diversity as exhibit A on why award shows should never been viewed as an answer for issues plaguing an industry. On a night where “Sterling K. Brown became the first black man to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a television drama for his role in NBC’s “This Is Us,”, another winner summarized where we are as a society perfectly. Aziz Ansari, after becoming the first Asian male actor to win best leading performance in a TV comedy had this to say about his experiences.
“Even though I’ve sold out Madison Square Garden as a standup comedian and have appeared in several films and a TV series, when my phone rings, the roles I’m offered are often defined by ethnicity and often require accents.”
Award shows are but a part of the system of entertainment that must continue to show improvement. With that being said, progress is being made. “Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, called for the need for systemic change” in entertainment. As a sexual abuse survivor, Winfrey pushed back on racism and sexism in Hollywood in her acceptance speech.
“I want all the girls watching here and 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.”