Ivanka Trump Says Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Was "Empowering & Inspiring"
On a Monday night tweet, president Donald Trump's daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump praised Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech.
Just saw @Oprah's empowering & inspiring speech at last night's #GoldenGlobes. Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP! #United
Trump then shared a link to the Golden Globe Awards' Twitter account with a tweet about Winfrey's speech, including the following quote from the TV legend:
I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.
Winfrey won the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award, given for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment," on the night of the Golden Globes ceremony.
The popular TV personality stole the Sunday night ceremony with a passionate speech on gender and racial equality. The speech arrived only three months after an explosive New York Times investigation published scathing accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting his female coworkers. In response to the allegations, Weinstein denied non-consensual behavior as "patently false" in a statement from his lawyer.
Winfrey lauded the courage and resilience of the many women who came forward to share their harrowing experiences of sexual assault and degradation. Countless women shared their stories under the #MeToo hashtag, sparked by actress Alyssa Milano and originally conceived by activist Tarana Burke.
Winfrey took her audience on an emotional journey through her own life, as she spoke of the time she witnessed legendary actor Sidney Poitier become the first African American male to score the Academy Award for Best Actor and then again as he won the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
"I had never seen a black man celebrated like that," she said, describing her youth as a little girl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who came from a poor background as the daughter of a house cleaner. That historical moment left a massive impression on Winfrey, she told the crowd — and its relevance remained.
[I]t 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[.]
Winfrey then turned her attention to the press' coverage of sexual assaults in various workplaces in America. The national reckoning with sexual abuse in politics, media, entertainment, and tech was not lost on Winfrey.
[W]e 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. ... [T]o 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.
That is when Winfrey went on to shed light on the #MeToo movement:
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.
Trump's support for Winfrey's speech came a day after she delivered it. In response to her praise, Twitter users reminded Trump of the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against her own father, who has broadly denied all accusations. One Twitter user said, "But...your dad?" while another Twitter user simply shared a gif of Winfrey with the caption, "You need to cut the bulls**t. You really do."
But whether Trump listens to her followers online, it is clear that she is paying attention to what Hollywood has to say on the dark matter of sexual abuse.