Jane Fonda accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award, called out lack of diversity by the HFP

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Jane Fonda accepted The Cecil B. DeMille award last night at the Golden Globes. She was wearing a phenomenal white pantsuit by Richard Tyler. That stripe down the side is everything. I fell asleep for a couple minutes during her speech because there’s something comforting about Jane and it was way past my bedtime. Watching it this morning I was struck by how many shows she name dropped. Jane loves movies and television and it shows.

She’s also a committed activist who has worked her whole life toward important causes. Jane has consistently been a good ally, and she called on the industry to elevate diversity. This was especially important last night, when films and series by people of color were overlooked by The Hollywood Foreign Press, which is entirely white! There is not one Black journalist on their 87 member panel. This issue kept being brought up during the show, and while that’s good it falls short in so many ways. Jane mentioned many of the nominated films and shows and she also talked about I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel’s HBO series which was notably snubbed by the HFP. Here’s the part where she mentioned elevating Black voices:

There’s been a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry. A story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out. A story about who is offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made. So let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard. Doing this simply means acknowledging what’s true. Being in step with the emerging diversity that’s happening because of all those who marched and fought in the past and those who picked up the baton today. Art has always been not just in step with history but has led the way. So let’s be leaders.

[From YouTube]

I love her and I’m so glad she was honored!


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  1. Snuffles says:

    I want to age like Jane Fonda. She is just GORGEOUS! I know she’s had work done but she’s always been incredibly beautiful.

  2. Southern Fried says:

    Iconic badass. Many flashes of movies she’s been in over the years shown means I’m going to rewatch some I’d forgotten. Her speech I felt was one if not the best. Yup an gorgeous iconic badass.

  3. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Total side note, but when she was announced, they panned over to Jodi Foster and her partner who looked super pissed and didn’t clap for Jane. Does anyone know what that was about?

    • MissMarierose says:

      I think it’s not great to speculate on that kind of thing.
      I remember when people thought Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pissed at another actress who beat her for Best Actress at the Emmys. Turns out she was just upset because the winning actress referenced her father and JLD had just lost her own.
      We simply don’t know what’s going on in their heads nor do we even know if they’re paying attention to what’s happening on stage when the camera gets on them.

    • GirlMonday says:

      They were also on a delay

  4. Tiffany says:

    Yeah, Jane is a real one.

  5. JACK says:

    Jane is a real what?

  6. Singhsong says:

    In a world full of Karen’s, I’m thankful for Jane.