I'm generally not a fan of acceptance speeches at award ceremonies. They're usually pretty trite and overly dramatic; someone always ends up either floundering around for words or saying something extremely inappropriate.
At tonight's Golden Globe Awards, however, Maggie Gyllenhaal's acceptance speech spoke to me hard.
"I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately," she said, "and when I look around the room at the women who are in here, and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year, what I see, actually, are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me on."
It's turning me on, too, Maggie!
Representation of ALL women in the media is so important. Women are human. We're imperfect, and we're complex, and we can't be put in a box. "Strong Female Characters" are always applauded, but females aren't strong all the time. Sometimes we're weak and we ugly cry and we feel broken and awful. Other times we tell off boys and feel confident in ourselves and we conquer the world.
Actual, complicated women are pretty darn great. I'm one, and I'm pretty darn great.
- Jordan -
- 01-11-15 -