So you must have seen her Golden Globes speech? If not, go Google it now, and we’ll wait for ya…
‘H’ and I watched it with tears in our eyes- both usually a bit cynical about all that ‘celebrity stuff’, yet absolutely moved by her sincerity, power, and integrity.
Now I’m totally on the #Oprah2020 and #oprahforpresident movement!
The world needs a drastic change of direction: environmentally, economically, even emotionally. I’ve spent years watching Oprah consistently expanding and exploring both heart and mind; she taught me so much about marginalised communities, and most importantly, about all the positive, grassroots campaigns quietly going on in neighbourhoods to counteract huge problems.
Sure, sometimes she waffled on about the Top Ten fashion mistakes, but then she’d meet with the Dalai Lama and meditate for world peace, so she’s still got my loyalty.
In my opinion (and of course this is my blog, so you’re getting it), Donald Trump represents the last, atrocious, dying breath of the ‘Old Way’- the exploitative, corporate, consumerist-based, Patriarchally-focussed, ego-driven, narcissistic, sexist, racist, homophobic and ageist, blatantly cruel, unsustainable path. [Can you tell I don’t like him?]
We can’t do it any more. The planet can’t take it, and neither can all of us.
#TIMESUP indeed- on so many levels.
For multiple decades, women (and intelligent, sensitive, honest, supportive men) have been fighting for equal rights; hell, the battle goes back centuries of course! But we’re here Now, together, struggling on a very thin wedge, and Trump represents the last dragon we need to slay.
“If over the next five years we do not fundamentally change” and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, the world is “in danger of reaching a tipping point in the atmosphere that will have a direct negative and profound impact on health around the planet for many, many decades — an impact that many scientists believe could not be recovered…We have five years to make an extraordinary difference.” Christiana Figueres, head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, June 2016
When Trump got voted in, I COULD NOT believe it- and I’m sure all my American readers couldn’t either. We’ve watched in dread and disgust as his ‘leadership’ has unfolded, making terrible decision after terrible decision, discriminating against everyone except his financial buddies, withdrawing America from the Paris climate change agreement, and leading the US to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea (via Twitter for god’s sake).
I admit it: in response, I got cynical. Real cynical.
I lost hope for any positive changes. Felt kinda doomed to be honest.
I began to apologise to ’17’ for the shitty world he was going to inherit…
Then suddenly #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo kicked off. It was everywhere. Sportsmen began to kneel. All over America, good people took to the streets to protest against Trump and what he represents; THANK YOU.
The artists and the ordinary folk began to push back. And now a group of [admittedly mostly white] women launched #TIMESUP in a week, and transformed the Golden Globes to a sea of supportive black dresses, with activists instead of actors on the red carpet. Brilliant idea!
Oprah’s Cecil B DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement reflects her unbelievable perseverance in the constant face of prejudice, as both a black person, and a woman; her speech honours all who have come before her, and the young ones who will follow; she embodies the transformative, positive power of Love.
I don’t care if that’s a soggy cliché: the whole planet needs more goddamn love.
Together, with a good, heartfelt leader, we can do anything. And most importantly, we need to.
In gratitude for a sense of common purpose, G xO