At Golden Globes, Oprah Spoke the Truth in Love

Think Christian | 1/11/2018 | Staff
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Echoing the Apostle Paul, Oprah's speech called for both honesty and reconciliation.

Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at Sunday’s Golden Globes and delivered a master class in award-show acceptance speeches. In just under 10 minutes, she navigated the complex and painful issue of sexual misconduct with words that were precise yet eloquent, expansive without being pedantic, and fiercely protective without being derisive. For those of us in the church, Oprah offered an exemplary demonstration of what the Apostle Paul described as speaking the truth in love.

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After a year of whistle-blowing against sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse in Hollywood, actresses and female entertainment executives organized in protest for the Golden Globes. Under the hashtag #TimesUp, attendees wore black and “Time’s Up” lapel pins to raise money for a legal fund and to further advance the #MeToo movement. It was fitting then that Winfrey, a longtime advocate for victims of sexual abuse, continued to use her platform, in her words, “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.”

In her speech, Winfrey recounted the moment in 1964 when she watched, as a little black girl being raised by a single, working mother, Sidney Poitier accept the Oscar as the first black man to win the Academy Award for best actor. She also told the story of Recy Taylor, who, despite death threats, publicly testified against the white men who’d kidnapped and gang-raped her in the 1944. Although her perpetrators were never convicted, the support network of activists that organized around her trial, led by Rosa Parks, helped spark the Civil Rights movement.

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