Jane Fonda delivered a formidable speech on Sunday evening while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. That’s in true Fonda fashion 9 to 5 Star – known equally for her activism and acting – urged Hollywood to “keep up with the emerging diversity” within the industry.
“I am so moved to receive this honor, thank you,” said the 83-year-old Grace and Frankie Star began. “We’re a community of storytellers, aren’t we? In turbulent, troubled times like these, storytelling has always been essential.”
Fonda explained that stories “can change our hearts and minds”.
“They can help us to see ourselves in a new light. To have empathy and to recognize that, despite all our diversity, we are human first, right? I’ve seen a lot of diversity in my long life and sometimes I was challenged too, understanding some of the people I’ve met, but when my heart is open and I look below the surface, I inevitably feel related, “continued the 15-time Golden Globe nominee and seven-time winner.
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Last year, Fonda called out movies and TV shows with BIPOC cast and crew who inspired her, including: Nomad land and Threatening. she said Ma Rainey’s black bottom and Judas and the black messiah “deepened my empathy for what it means to be black.”
“Stories, they can really change people,” she explained. “But there’s a story we couldn’t see or hear in this industry, a story about which voices we respect and raise and which ones we turn off, a story about who gets a seat at the table and who gets kept out of the rooms in which decisions are made. “
Fonda continued, “So let’s all, including all the groups that decide who gets hired, what does what and who wins awards, all of us strive to expand this tent so that everyone stands up and has a story for every story.” Chance to be seen and heard. To do this is simply to acknowledge what is true. Keeping up with the emerging diversity that comes from all those who have marched and fought in the past and those who have taken the baton today. After all, art has always not only been in step with history, but has been groundbreaking. So let’s be the leader. “
Fonda was one of the few celebrities to personally attend the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. She shared some behind the scenes videos showing the COVID-19 log on social media.
The actress wore a recycled white pant suit to the show to reduce waste and help the environment.
“I swore a few years ago I would never buy new clothes again,” Fonda told Ellen DeGeneres this week. “We spend too much money, we buy too many things and then we get rid of them. We try to develop our identity through shopping, right? We have to stop. Stop all this consumption.”
The Cecil B. DeMille Award recognizes “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. Past winners include Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Jane’s father Henry Fonda.